Definition of 'Hundredweight (Cwt)'
The hundredweight was originally defined as the weight of a hundredweight of wheat, which was approximately 100 pounds. However, the exact weight of a hundredweight has varied over time and from place to place. In the United Kingdom, the hundredweight was standardized in 1824 as being equal to 100 pounds.
The hundredweight is still used in some parts of the world, but it is gradually being replaced by the metric system. In the United States, the hundredweight is not used as a unit of measurement, but it is still used in some phrases, such as "a hundredweight of bricks."
The hundredweight is a useful unit of measurement for many purposes, as it is a convenient size for weighing large objects. It is also a relatively easy unit to convert to other units of measurement, such as kilograms or pounds.
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