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Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ounce large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur
    • n ounce a unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams
    • n ounce a unit of apothecary weight equal to 480 grains or one twelfth of a pound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a whole chicken from the grocery store weighs 3 pounds 12 ounces
    • n Ounce (Zoöl) A feline quadruped (Felis irbis syn. Felis uncia) resembling the leopard in size, and somewhat in color, but it has longer and thicker fur, which forms a short mane on the back. The ounce is pale yellowish gray, with irregular dark spots on the neck and limbs, and dark rings on the body. It inhabits the lofty mountain ranges of Asia. Called also once.
    • Ounce A weight, the sixteenth part of a pound avoirdupois, and containing 28.35 grams or 4371/2 grains.
    • Ounce Fig.: A small portion; a bit. "By ounces hung his locks that he had."
    • Ounce (Troy Weight) The twelfth part of a troy pound; one troy ounce weighs 31.103486 grams, 8 drams, or 480 grains.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A human eyeball weighs an ounce
    • n ounce A weight, the twelfth part of a pound troy, and the sixteenth of a pound avoirdupois. In troy weight the ounce is 20 pennyweights, each of 24 grains, the ounce being therefore 480 grains; in avoirdupois weight the ounce is equal to 437½ grains. The ounce was originally the Roman duodecimal subdivision of the pound. In modern systems it is generally a twelfth or sixteenth of a pound. Abbreviated oz.
    • n ounce A small quantity.
    • n ounce In California, in the earlier years of the gold excitement, a Spanish double doubloon, or about sixteen dollars; the old doubloon onza of Spain.
    • n ounce A carnivorous mammal, Felis irbis or F. uncia, of the cat family, Felidæ, closely related to but distinct from the other large spotted cats known as leopards or panthers; the snow-leopard or mountain panther. It is an alpine animal, inhabiting the mountains of Asia up to an altitude of 18,000 feet, and bearing the same relation to the leopards of warmer regions that the Canada lynx, for example, bears to the ordinary bay lynx or wildcat. In consequence of its habitat the fur is very-thick and long, even forming a mane on the back, and the color is pale-gray with obsolete dark spotting, instead of reddish with sharp black spotting as in the leopards of low countries. The muzzle is notably obtuse, with arched frontal profile, in consequence of the shortness of the nasal bones.
    • n ounce The bay lynx or the Canada lynx.
    • n ounce An occasional name of the American jaguar, Felis onca.
    • n ounce A gold coin of Australia struck in 1853.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dill seeds are so small that approximately 10,000 dill seeds would be required to make an ounce
    • n Ounce owns the twelfth part of a pound troy=480 grains: 1⁄16 of a pound avoirdupois=437½ troy grains.
    • n Ounce owns a carnivorous animal of the cat kind, found in Asia, allied to the leopard—(obs.) Once.
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Quotations

  • Friedrich Engels
    Friedrich Engels
    “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    Edward%20G.%20Bulwer-Lytton
    “When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.”
  • Thomas Fuller
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    “An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.”
  • Joe Darion
    Joe Darion
    “Dream the impossible dream, Fight the unbeatable foe, Strive with your last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “An ounce of practice is worth a pound of preaching.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.”

Idioms

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - This expression means that is is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. once,; cf. It. lonza, Sp. onza,; prob. for lonce, taken as l'once, fr. L. lynx, Gr. , or an (assumed) fem. adj. lyncea, from lynx,. Cf. Lynx
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. once, prob. Pers. yúz, a panther.

Usage

In literature:

Put a quart of boiling water in a saucepan over the fire with four ounces of sugar and two ounces of almonds blanched and cut fine.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
A chalice, twenty-eight ounces.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
I know where every cent in my pocket and every ounce of muscle on my body has come from.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Do you know, girls, I am so hollow and so tired right now, that I believe I must have lost a few ounces, anyway.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
It is still used in the manufacture of esteemed perfumes, and is sold at five guineas the ounce.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
Slice the carrots and turnips and fry in one ounce of butter until slightly brown.
"New Vegetarian Dishes" by Mrs. Bowdich
Add half an ounce each of powdered cinnamon and mace, a quarter of an ounce of cloves.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
It is a very old saying that "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," but it is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
An H-bone of 10 or 12 pounds weight will require about three-quarters of a pound of salt, and an ounce of moist sugar, to be well rubbed into it.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
At the end of a day of hard work they had got about a quarter of an ounce of glittering yellow dust.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
The missis'd want more'n an ounce and a half for her share.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Boil two ounces of vermicelli paste in a pint of water until tender.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
It varies, normally, from one to eight ounces, the average being probably about five ounces.
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham
Although the graduate is marked in ounces, it is for ounces of water only.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The latest weekly returns from this mine show a production of 46,000 ounces of silver.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
In this manner I have sometimes collected the gas produced from the deflagration of an ounce and half, or two ounces, of nitre.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
But first, in order to facilitate our dealings, we had to sell some ounces of silver.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
The Nicholson Olympus Block, Gwanda district, showed specimens which panned 120 ounces to the ton.
"Through South Africa" by Henry M. Stanley
Bayfield recommended that one glass be used for every four ounces of blood required.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
These fifteen ounces of silver just sufficed to pay the hire of six long-haired oxen, to carry our baggage to Lha-Ssa.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
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In poetry:

An ounce or more of Turkish lead,
He got his wounds at Sulva Bay
They’ve brought the Union Jack to spread
Upon him when he goes away.
"Screens (In a Hospital)" by Winifred Mary Letts
You who admire yourselves because You neither groan nor weep,
And think it contrary to Nature's laws To want one ounce of sleep,
Your strong belief
Acquits yourselves, and gives the sick all grief.
"A Paradox, That The Sick Are In A Better Case Than The Whole" by George Herbert
When we heard that expert's verdict we were blown clean out of time,
And absorbed the fact that we had fallen in.
The gold, he said, would run 'bout four ounces to the ton;
With traces, too, of copper, zinc and tin.
"Hopeful Hawkins" by C J Dennis
"George, on your stall what profit's found;
Twice seven ounces make a pound.
Fifteen and fifteen pence (now speak)
Exactly will three shillings make--
No, two times eighteen pence, I own,
Will make exactly half-a-crown."
"Courtship" by William Hutton
Good old lighter, rantin' home (at seven knots an hour),
Not an ounce o’ coal in her except to give her power.
Cloch was singin' warnin'ly, an' lighter seemed to say :
"Battleships an' Cruisers! oh, keep out the Mary’s way!"
"Fog Song Of The Cloch" by John Joy Bell
Oh, yes, my jolly dandies, I've done it on the cross.
Although I carry bluey now, I've sweated many a horse.
I've helped to ease the escort of many's the ounce of gold;
The traps have often chased me, more times than can be told.
"The Murrumbidgee Shearer" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces).
1 ounce per person of each cheese.
8 ounce package finely shredded cheddar cheese.
8 ounce package cream cheese.
One 19-ounce can chickpeas , drained and rinsed.
1 19-ounce can chickpeas , rinsed and drained.
1-10 ounce bag fresh spinach, stems removed.
Ounces crumbled feta cheese with tomato and basil (1 cup).
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas , drained and rinsed.
2/3 cup dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), sorted and rinsed (about 4 ounces).
1 15-ounce can chickpeas , rinsed.
1 19-ounce can chickpeas , rinsed.
15 ounce cans no-salt-added garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or regular garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained.
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts.
1 19-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed.
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In science:

For gold, silver and platinum, the prices are in dollar per ounce.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
In [ early trading ] in [ Hong Kong ] [ Monday ] , [ gold ] was quoted at [ $ 366.50 ] [ an ounce ] .
Applying System Combination to Base Noun Phrase Identification
The phrase $ 366.50 an ounce is a noun phrase as well.
Applying System Combination to Base Noun Phrase Identification
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