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[haf-pound, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈpaʊnd, ˈhɑf-/
a unit of weight equal to 8 ounces avoirdupois (0.227 kilogram) or 6 ounces troy or apothecaries' weight (0.187 kilogram).
Origin of half-pound
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Melting some snow, we drank the icy liquid as an eye-opener, and began our ration of a half-pound boulder of pemmican.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • It had a one-inch bore, which carried about a half-pound ball.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • In size it usually runs from a half-pound to a pound in streams, though reaching two pounds or more in lakes.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • I was curious to examine the effect of the half-pound shell.

    In the Heart of Africa Samuel White Baker
  • I think you will find a half-pound cocoa tin at the end of your fork.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • There was not a half-pound of difference between them in ability.

    The Ruling Passion Henry van Dyke
  • He had never caught anything larger than a half-pound trout.

  • When mixed and melted it is poured into half-pound molds and cooled.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • In Merida we had to pay two shillings for a half-pound glass jar of French marmalade.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold

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