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hundredweight

1. Brit a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds or 50.802 35 kilograms
2. US and Canadian a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds or 45.359 24 kilograms
3. a metric unit of weight equal to 50 kilograms

hundredweight

[′hən·drə‚dwāt]
(science and technology)
Abbreviated cwt.
A unit of weight, in common use in the United States, equal to 100 pounds or the weight of 45.359237 kilograms. Also known as cental; centner; kintal; quintal; short hundredweight.
A unit of weight in common use in the United Kingdom equal to 112 pounds or to the weight of 50.80234544 kilograms. Also known as long hundredweight.
A unit of weight in troy measure equal to 100 troy pounds or the weight of 37.32417216 kilograms.
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No tea or merchandise described as tea shall be examined for importation into the United States, or released by the Customs Service, under the Tea Importation Act unless the importer or consignee of such tea or merchandise has paid, before the examination, a fee in an amount equal to- (1) 10 cents for each hundred weight or fraction thereof of the tea or merchandise; or (2) the approximate cost of the examinations; whichever amount is less.
An increase in corn prices by 10 cents per bushel from a year earlier will tend to decrease 500- to 600-pound steer calf prices by $1 per hundred weight (Figure 2).
200 YEARS AGO: Whereas in the night of Friday last, the warehouse belonging to William Pitchfork of Tipton, in the county of Stafford, was broken open, and upwards of one hundred weight of roasted coffee beans stolen thereout.
If we can increase our production, we have a guaranteed price" of between $185 and $195 per hundred weight.
The crossing at the junctions weighed up to two hundred weight, made up of copper and solid brass.