• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cloff klŏf Formerly an allowance of two pounds in every three hundred weight after the tare and tret are subtracted; now used only in a general sense, of small deductions from the original weight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cloff In com.: Formerly, an allowance of 2 pounds in every 3 hundredweight on certain goods, after the tare and tret were taken, that the weight might hold out in retailing.
    • n cloff Now, in England, any deduction or allowance from the gross weight. Also written clough.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cloff klof a cleft.
    • n Cloff klof an allowance, on buying goods wholesale, of 2 lb. in every 3 cwt., after tare and tret have been deducted.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etymol. uncertain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Der. unknown.


In literature:

Dem days de 'omans knowed how ter cyard, en spin, en weave de cloff, en dey made de close.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He leaves the suttle large and never stints the cloff.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
All we do is to raise cotton, an' dey make it into cloff, which we hav'n't de sense to do.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Yes; tie velly long piece tablee-cloff lound and lound and oveh shouldeh.
"Stan Lynn" by George Manville Fenn

In science:

Rossi, Analytic functions of several complex variables, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cloffs, NJ, 1965. [JP1] M.
A remark on the relative extremal function