Pints

pint

[pahynt]
noun
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; Middle English pynte < Old French pinte or Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pinte

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pint (paɪnt)
 
n
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.  informal (Brit)
 a.  a pint of beer
 b.  a drink of beer: he's gone out for a pint
 
[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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pint
late 14c., from O.Fr. pinte (13c.), from V.L. *pincta (cf. O.Prov., Sp., It. pinta), perhaps ult. from L. picta "painted," fem. pp. of pingere (see paint), 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" (esp. in ref. to children) is recorded from 1938.
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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   (pīnt)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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