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[pahynt] /paɪnt/
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 of pint
1350-1400; Middle English pynte < Old French pinte or Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pinte Unabridged
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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


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
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
a measure having such a capacity
(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

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)

  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
  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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