Main definitions of ounce in English

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ounce1

noun

  • 1A unit of weight of one sixteenth of a pound avoirdupois (approximately 28 grams):

    ‘melt three ounces of butter in a large frying pan’
    • ‘And then in a large bowl, I melted 5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and 10 tablespoons of butter in the microwave.’
    • ‘Most cohort members reported their offspring's birth weights in pounds and ounces.’
    • ‘For the mushroom rillettes, in a medium saucepan, melt four ounces of butter over medium heat.’
    • ‘Throughout my teenage years, I slowly gained weight - ounce by ounce, pound by pound.’
    • ‘Face weight measures the number of ounces of fiber per square yard of carpet.’
    • ‘I know that there are sixteen ounces in a pound, that 2000 pounds is a ton, and that a gallon of water weighs about eight pounds.’
    • ‘Oh, I might be losing a couple of ounces a week but you can't measure ounces on my bathroom scale.’
    • ‘Most metric recipes were based on a weight unit of 25 grams - slightly less than an ounce - and a liquid measure of half a litre, which was slightly less than a pint.’
    • ‘Low birthweight is a weight of less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces at birth.’
    • ‘A serving of protein is equal to 3 ounces - about the size of a deck of cards.’
    • ‘In liquid form, the quantity of retarding admixture is measured as liquid ounces per hundred-weight of cement in the mix.’
    • ‘Birth weight was recorded in pounds and ounces and converted into kilograms.’
    • ‘Twenty contestants squared off against each other to see who could eat sixteen ounces (one pound) of chili the fastest.’
    • ‘I had to make Yorkshire puddings and I needed to measure out 4 ounces of plain flour.’
    • ‘If you weigh 160 pounds, your daily intake should measure at least 80 ounces.’
    • ‘For the cauliflower foam: Melt two and one-half ounces of the butter in a saucepan until foaming.’
    • ‘A sandwich made with two slices of bread equals two ounces of grains.’
    • ‘It is measured in ounces of pure alcohol per day.’
    • ‘Its grip has been converted to a smaller round butt and its weight reduced to 39 ounces.’
    • ‘Four ounces (dry measure) yield 90 g of carbs that are easy to eat and won't fill you up, so you'll be ready to eat again within three hours.’
    1. 1.1 A unit of one twelfth of a pound troy or apothecaries' measure, equal to 480 grains (approximately 31 grams).
      • ‘They are shares that move in line with the gold price; a share is equivalent to a tenth of a troy ounce of gold.’
      • ‘Stocks were valued at the official price of $42.22 per troy ounce.’
      • ‘We may be talking about a $1,000 a troy ounce, potential reserve today, or maybe more.’
      • ‘Weighing only 5 1/2 troy ounces, its body is formed of sterling silver wire that was apparently coiled around a form.’
      • ‘It soared to a 16-year high last week of $452 per troy ounce as the dollar fell further.’
      • ‘If so, it would be a blow to investor hopes that gold might return to, or surpass, its 1980 record of $860 a troy ounce.’
      • ‘On the first sale he got £261.20 per Troy ounce for 50 tonnes and then in late September another 25 tonnes netted £255.75.’
      • ‘This is sold as bars, or wafers, and is sold by weight starting at one gramme and going up to 400 troy ounces.’
      • ‘Dealers say that a gold nugget of 1 troy ounce is about as rare as a 5-carat diamond.’
      • ‘The humidor, which is finely worked to represent a medieval strap-work treasure chest, contains more than 150 troy ounces of silver.’
      • ‘Despite its rather insubstantial construction, the basket weighs thirty troy ounces and presages the simple elegance of the neoclassical style.’
      • ‘It weighs only fourteen troy ounces (as opposed to thirty-three) and is of much lighter construction.’
      • ‘I should say that troy ounces are a measure used only for precious metals.’
      • ‘The specimen is estimated to contain 298 troy ounces of gold!’
      • ‘One ton of ore contains 29, 167 troy ounces and so use of an assay ton makes the math easy.’
      • ‘The weight of gold is measured in Troy, with one Troy ounce of gold equivalent to 480 grains of wheat.’
      • ‘Large masses of native gold - up to many hundreds of troy ounces - have been encountered during mining.’
      • ‘Palladium silver, used in the manufacture of tantalum capacitors, has rocketed to over $1000 per troy ounce and the cost of tantalum powder has also risen considerably.’
      • ‘That is an average grade of 2.35 troy ounces per ton!’
      • ‘This week in Asian trading it briefly surpassed $500 a troy ounce - a level last breached in 1987.’
  • 2A very small amount of something:

    ‘Robyn summoned up every ounce of strength’
    • ‘The trouble with that solution is that for every ounce of federal help we get, we surrender an ounce of personal freedom.’
    • ‘He's free to talk about himself and his vision and his band as if it's the most important thing in the world, without an ounce of real introspection.’
    • ‘The script is sharp, without an ounce of fat but with great moments of dialogue that retain a sly, wry wit.’
    • ‘Every ounce of drama was squeezed out of the three hour broadcast, which was quite an achievement given that music had formed no more than half an hour of the so-called entertainment.’
    • ‘Every ounce of humour and flavour has been busily vacuumed out of the movie, leaving behind an under-par heist and a blandly unexciting adventure in ersatz-style.’
    • ‘Every ounce of discomfort and guardedness returned, but there was something else alongside it that wasn't there before.’
    • ‘I can safely say this: the English-speaking voice actors are bad, laying it on thick and heavy, without an ounce of subtlety.’
    • ‘There is something of the cautionary tale to this piece, but it's done without an ounce of preachiness.’
    • ‘Toned, tanned and without an ounce of fat, they are the focus of all attention, and usually know it.’
    • ‘A team can have the fastest car, the best communication between the driver and crew chief and the most agile crew on pit road, but without an ounce of luck, none of that matters.’
    • ‘These dishes are perfect party food, since they go a long way and are easily served up to family and friends without an ounce of pomp or pretension, on large inviting platters.’
    • ‘The crew recites the dialogue by heart and mimics the actors without an ounce of embarrassment.’
    • ‘But if the commentor is right, it would be an even more ridiculous point to make - pure smear, without an ounce of journalistic content.’
    • ‘He came across as a really interesting bloke - incredibly talented without an ounce of arrogance.’
    • ‘The tiny hotel, technically a ‘restaurant with rooms’ as it has only five of them, is a haven of oak-beamed loveliness without an ounce of tweeness to spoil it.’
    • ‘Every ounce of charm had been removed in a botched 1950s remodel.’
    • ‘Budgeted without an ounce of fat, his film required all the good fortune that it could muster.’
    • ‘Every ounce of the fame and fortune he craved had to be earned.’
    • ‘It came out effortlessly, like when you ask someone their name or where they live, without an ounce of apology or regret.’
    • ‘Banjos, pedal steel and harmonicas lock into a lazy-afternoon groove without an ounce of irony to hide behind.’
    particle, scrap, bit, speck, iota, whit, jot, trace, atom, shred, crumb, fragment, grain, drop, spot, mite, tittle, jot or tittle, modicum
    stim
    smidgen, smidge, tad
    scantling, scruple
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French unce, from Latin uncia twelfth part (of a pound or foot); compare with inch.

Pronunciation:

ounce

/aʊns/

Main definitions of ounce in English

: ounce1ounce2

ounce2

noun

Origin

Middle English: from Old French once, earlier lonce (the l- being misinterpreted as the definite article), based on Latin lynx, lync- (see lynx).

Pronunciation:

ounce

/aʊns/