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pint

[pahynt] /paɪnt/
noun
1.
a liquid and also dry measure of capacity, equal to one half of a liquid and dry quart respectively, approximately 35 cubic inches (0.473 liter).
Abbreviation: pt, pt.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pynte < Old French pinte or Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pinte
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Examples from the web for pint
  • Plain pint-size paint cans become unique, modern containers when dressed up with decorative paper.
  • When you see damage and need to spray, add one tablespoon of the mixture to a pint of water.
  • After a pint of blood is collected, it is processed into its transfusible components: plasma, platelets and red blood cells.
  • He melted some butter in a copper saucepan and dumped in a pint of good gravy he had made the previous night.
  • Shawn is a pint-size provocateur whose plays pack a real intellectual wallop.
  • Clean one pint oysters, sprinkle on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Clean one pint of oysters and drain off all the liquor possible.
  • Turn into a scalded coffee-pot, add one pint boiling water, and boil three minutes.
  • Parboil one pint selected oysters, drain, and cover each oyster with chicken mixture.
  • To prevent acidity of the stomach, add from one to two teaspoonfuls of lime water to each half-pint of milk.
British Dictionary definitions for pint

pint

/paɪnt/
noun
1.
a unit of liquid measure of capacity equal to one eighth of a gallon. 1 Brit pint is equal to 0.568 litre, 1 US pint to 0.473 litre
2.
a unit of dry measure of capacity equal to one half of a quart. 1 US dry pint is equal to one sixty-fourth of a US bushel or 0.5506 litre
3.
a measure having such a capacity
4.
(Brit, informal)
  1. a pint of beer
  2. a drink of beer: he's gone out for a pint
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pinte, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Medieval Latin pincta marks used in measuring liquids, ultimately from Latin pingere to paint; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pinte
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Word Origin and History for pint
n.

mid-14c., from Old French pinte "liquid measure, pint" (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pincta (source of Old Provençal, Spanish, Italian pinta), altered from Latin picta "painted," fem. past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)), on notion of a painted mark on a vessel indicating this measure. Used elliptically for "pint of ale" (or beer) from 1742. Pint-sized "small" (especially in reference to children) is recorded from 1938.

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pint in Medicine

pint (pīnt)
n.

  1. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 16 fluid ounces, 28.875 cubic inches, or .473 liter.

  2. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System, used in dry measure, equal to 1/2 quart or 0.551liter.

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pint in Science
pint
  (pīnt)   
  1. A unit of liquid volume or capacity in the US Customary System, equal to 16 fluid ounces or 28.88 cubic inches (about 0.47 liter).

  2. A unit of dry volume or capacity used in the US Customary System, equal to 1/2 of a quart or 34.6 cubic inches (about 0.55 liter). See Table at measurement.


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Slang definitions & phrases for pint

pint

Related Terms

half-pint


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Encyclopedia Article for pint

unit of capacity in the British Imperial and U.S. Customary systems of measurement. In the British system the units for dry measure and liquid measure are identical; the single British pint is equal to 34.68 cubic inches (568.26 cubic cm) or one-eighth gallon. In the United States the unit for dry measure is slightly different from that for liquid measure; a U.S. dry pint is 33.6 cubic inches (550.6 cubic cm), while a U.S. liquid pint is 28.9 cubic inches (473.2 cubic cm). In each system, two cups make a pint, and two pints equal a quart.

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