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[huhn-drid-weyt] /ˈhʌn drɪdˌweɪt/
noun, plural hundredweights (as after a numeral) hundredweight.
Also called cental, quintal. a unit of avoirdupois weight commonly equivalent to 100 pounds (45.359 kilograms) in the U.S.
Abbreviation: cwt.
cental (def 2).
Origin of hundredweight
1570-80; hundred + weight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for hundredweight
Historical Examples
  • I said to the Thomas Cat, I threw in the gurgling creek, all weighted down with a smoothing iron, and a hundredweight of brick.

  • So they paid a hundredweight of gold to the peasant, who was not scolded, but kissed.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Here is one weighing perhaps three or four hundredweight which I will try and push over.

    Jethou E. R. Suffling
  • You'll get twelve and a half cents a hundredweight, so it's up to you to do your own hustling.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The heavily guarded express continued to drag out yellow gold by the hundredweight.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • The species runs to a hundredweight, I believe, in the Mississippi.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • Three hundredweight of ballast was thrown off at Cowes, besides what we took out at Dover, and still the yawl was stiff.

  • More than a hundredweight and a half of fish for twelve pence sterling!

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The track is ballasted with nine hundredweight of limestone chips, and the gauge is six inches.

  • And to right a capsized sledge, weighing about eight hundredweight, is no fun.

British Dictionary definitions for hundredweight


noun (pl) -weights, -weight
(Brit) Also called long hundredweight. a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds or 50.802 35 kilograms
(US & Canadian) Also called short hundredweight. a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds or 45.359 24 kilograms
Also called metric hundredweight. a metric unit of weight equal to 50 kilograms
Abbreviation (for senses 1, 2) cwt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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