Definitions of hundredweight

  1. a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a British unit of weight equivalent to 112 pounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A denomination of weight, containing 100, 112, or 120 pounds avoirdupois, according to differing laws or customs. By the legal standard of England it is 112 pounds. In most of the United States, both in practice and by law, it is 100 pounds avoirdupois, the corresponding ton of 2,000 pounds, sometimes called the short ton, being the legal ton. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A weight the twentieth part of a ton, or 112 pounds a voirdupois; orig. a hundred lbs., abbreviated cwt. (c. standing for L. centum, wt. for weight). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A weight commonly reckoned in the United States, and sometimes in England, at 100 lbs. avoirdupois, but commonly in England at 112 lbs. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for hundredweight

  1. Yon fellow in the pulpit fires shells of a hundredweight I should say. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  2. Hans ran and ran without stopping, until he came to the sea- shore, and there far, far out on the water, he perceived a little boat in which his faithless comrades were sitting; and in fierce anger he leapt, without thinking what he was doing, club in hand into the water, and began to swim, but the club, which weighed a hundredweight dragged him deep down until he was all but drowned. – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers