pennyweight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pennyweight a unit of apothecary weight equal to 24 grains
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pennyweight A troy weight containing twenty-four grains, or the twentieth part of a troy ounce; 1.555 grams; as, a pennyweight of gold or of arsenic. It is abbreviated dwt or pwt. It was anciently the weight of a silver penny, whence the name.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pennyweight Originally, a weight equal to that of the Anglo-Norman silver penny, 22 ½ grains, or of a Tower pound; now, and since the eighteenth year of Henry VIII., when the use of the Tower pound was forbidden, a weight of 24 grains, or of a troy ounce. Abbreviated dwt.
    • n pennyweight A proportional measure of one-twelfth, used in stating the fineness of silver. See carat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pennyweight twenty-four grains of troy weight (the weight of a silver penny)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. penig, oldest form pending, where pend=Eng. pawn, Ger. pfand, Dut. pand, a pledge, all which are from L. pannus, a rag, a piece of cloth.

Usage

In literature:

Scarce a pennyweight of honest horse-flesh to be seen.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
An old prospector will judge from six ounces of stuff within a few pennyweights what will be the yield of a ton.
"Getting Gold" by J. C. F. Johnson
They worked hard enough during the day, but only brought back three pennyweights of gold-dust with them.
"A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53." by Mrs. Charles (Ellen) Clacey
Pennyweight of powder in a skull.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Our talk was of cyanide processes, reverberatories, pennyweights, water-jackets.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
That's every damned pennyweight.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
It tipped th' beam at wan pennyweight.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
He had to put a number of pennyweights into the scale with his own before the two were balanced.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
At Achin the bangkal of thirty pennyweights twenty-one grains, is the standard.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
One pod will produce on an average three pennyweights.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
An ounce is valued at eighteen dollars, a pennyweight at ninety cents, and so on.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
A pennyweight o' love is worth a pound o' law.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
In fact the little stones had cost more per carat than the larger ones had per pennyweight.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Gold of the same coin, and of Arabia, at five shillings the pennyweight.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
Throughout the reef averages 1773 pennyweight of fine gold per ton; 12 pennyweight is considered a payable quantity at Bulawayo.
"Through South Africa" by Henry M. Stanley
The result was a nice little "prospect" of some seven or eight pennyweights.
"Lodges in the Wilderness" by William Charles Scully
I don't think you owe Lord Cramer a pennyweight of gratitude for it.
"Playing With Fire" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
No "commercial arrangements," no painting of surfaces nor alloying of substances, will avail him a pennyweight.
"Unto This Last and Other Essays on Political Economy" by John Ruskin
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