from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Avoirdupois weight.
- n. Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The official system of weights used in UK between 1856 and 1963. It had been the customary system in London since 1300 CE.
- n. The official system of weights used in USA between 1866 and 1959.
- n. Weight; heaviness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Goods sold by weight.
- Avoirdupois weight.
- Weight; heaviness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A system of weight in which one pound contains 16 ounces.
- n. The weight of anything according to the avoirdupois system: as, his avoirdupois was 150 pounds.
- n. Also written averdupois, and often abbreviated to avoir. and avdp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
- n. excess bodily weight
SAVE THE POUND (avoirdupois) If the word avoirdupois sounds a bit foreign too it is from French and Middle English (Anglo-French) avoir de pois, "goods of weight" or "goods sold by weight".
There are two series of weights in use among us; the one called avoirdupois, the other troy.
Sorry, but I have lived with metric most of my life and converting to avoirdupois is too much of a pain for me.
“Are you reminding me of her character, her social position or what Mr. Phinn calls her avoirdupois?”
Though he had not yet gathered that avoirdupois which is associated with the dignity of office, there was in his square young frame an undeniable promise.
The rest of the day was spent in a kind of avoirdupois war.
I find several comments reflecting my interest in an accurate rifle, without complaining overly much about the avoirdupois.
Even after you explain bologna is measured in avoirdupois weight and gold in troy weight, some are not swayed.
It seems humanly reasonable that the three of us can woman-handle a mere man of your elderly and insulting avoirdupois.
Duddy and Fuddy were spirited trotters, but Mrs. Tully, despite her elderliness and avoirdupois, was without timidity when Paula held the reins.