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Definition of "pound" []

  • A unit of weight equal to 16 ounces (453.592 grams). (noun)
  • A unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces (373.242 grams). See Table at measurement. (noun)
  • A unit of weight differing in various countries and times. (noun)
  • A British unit of force equal to the weight of a standard one-pound mass where the local acceleration of gravity is 9.817 meters (32.174 feet) per second per second. (noun)
  • The basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom, worth 20 shillings or 240 old pence before the decimalization of 1971. Also called pound sterling. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pound" in a sentence
  • "Results have shown sustained weightloss comparable to dieting clubs but £pound for lb pound it's far cheaper."
  • "It's about $35 / pound, available in ½-pound and 1-pound packages. www."
  • "The first of them was state assembly member Nathan Fletcher R-San Diego, who recently introduced legislation eliminating the term "pound" from the state's legal vocabulary in favor of "animal shelter.""