One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The duty paid for the official weighing of loads of coal, grain, or other material.
- ‘In analogy with the load and the metage in hydrodynamics, we define magnetohydrodynamic load and magnetohydrodynamic metage in the case of magnetofluids.’
- ‘About 1,200,000 chaldrons are consumed in Middlesex and Surrey; of this quantity, at least two-thirds are for domestic purposes, and pays 6 d. per chaldron land metage, making the enormous amount of 20,000 l. annually.’
- 1.1 The official weighing of loads of coal, grain, or other material.
Early 16th century: from mete + -age.
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