centner

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n centner a United States unit of weight equivalent to 100 pounds
    • n centner in some European countries: a unit of weight equivalent to 50 kilograms
    • n centner a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Centner (Metal. & Assaying) A weight divisible first into a hundred parts, and then into smaller parts.
    • Centner The commercial hundredweight in several of the continental countries, varying in different places from 100 to about 112 pounds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n centner In metal, and assaying, a weight divisible first into a hundred parts and then into smaller parts. Metallurgists use a weight divided into a hundred equal parts, each being equal to one pound, calling the whole a centner; the pound is divided into thirty-two parts or half-ounces, the half-ounce into two quarters, and each of these into two drams. But the assayers use different weights; with them a centner is one dram, to which the other parts are proportioned.
    • n centner A common name in many European countries for a hundredweight. It is now fixed at 50 kilos or 110.23 pounds avoirdupois throughout Germany, Austria, Sweden (after Jan. 1, 1889), Denmark, and Switzerland. The centner was generally 100 local pounds; but this was not always the case. Thus, the Cassel light centner was 108 light pounds, or 111.1 pounds avoirdupois; the old Prussian centner was usually 110 pounds, or 113.3 pounds avoirdupois; the Hamburg centner was 112 pounds, or 119.6 pounds avoirdupois; and the Bremen centner was 116 pounds, or 127.2 pounds avoirdupois. See centenaar, cantar, and quintal. The British cental has also been called centner. See cental.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Centner sent′ner a common name on the Continent for a hundredweight.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. centner, a hundred-weight, fr. L. centenarius, of a hundred, fr. centum, a hundred

Usage

In literature:

We had for every one of our corps twelve shot apiece, and in the rear a sufficiency of centners of powder, with ball and match.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
This is probably the Austrian centner which is equivalent to 123.4615 pounds.
"The Borghesi Astronomical Clock in the Museum of History and Technology" by Silvio A. Bedini
These produced last year, 347,100 cwt., or 5-1/2 centners per acre.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
This is probably the Austrian centner which is equivalent to 123.4615 pounds.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
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In news:

A Keyser man was injured and flown to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Centner late Monday after he lost control of his pickup truck on Limestone Road and struck a tree, according to the Mineral County 911 center.
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