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[tret] /trɛt/
(formerly) an allowance for waste, after deduction for tare.
Origin of tret
1490-1500; < Anglo-French, variant of trait act of drawing; see trait Unabridged
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  • "He tret the ainst, an' I tret ten times or mair," Geordie was vehemently affirming to a sympathetic street.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • When it comes to a question of tare and tret, false sentiment must be excluded.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • Multiplying the men by the seconds (5,000 x 30) you get approximately the amount of the wind, in wear and tare and tret.

  • She saved me—little knock-out—an' look 'ow I went an' tret 'er for it!

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • Tare and tret, commercial terms, are deductions usually made from the gross weight of goods.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for tret


(commerce) (formerly) an allowance according to weight granted to purchasers for waste due to transportation. It was calculated after deduction for tare
Word Origin
C15: from Old French trait pull, tilt of the scale; see trait
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Word Origin and History for tret

c.1500, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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