ounce


ounce
ounce
S3 [auns] n written abbreviation oz
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: unce, from Latin uncia 'twelfth part, ounce']
1.) a unit for measuring weight, equal to 28.35 grams. There are 16 ounces in a pound.
2.) an ounce of sense/truth/decency etc
any sense, truth etc at all
If you had an ounce of sense you wouldn't believe him!
3.) every (last) ounce of courage/energy/strength etc
all the courage, energy etc that you have
Every ounce of attention was focused on our common goal.
4.) an ounce of prevention (is worth a pound of cure)
used to say that it is better to prevent a problem before it happens than to try to solve it after it has happened
5.) not an ounce of fat (on sb)
if there is not an ounce of fat on someone, they are thin and usually look healthy

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Ounce — (ouns), n. [F. once, fr. L. uncia a twelfth, the twelfth part of a pound or of a foot: cf. Gr. o gkos bulk, mass, atom. Cf. 2d {Inch}, {Oke}.] 1. A weight, the sixteenth part of a pound avoirdupois, and containing 28.35 grams or 4371/2 grains.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ounce — 〈[ aʊns] f.; , s [ aʊnsız]; 〉 in den USA u. Großbritannien übliche Gewichtseinheit, 1 oz = 28,35 g * * * Ounce   [aʊns, englisch] die, / s, deutsch Unze, Einheitenzeichen oz, ältere Masseneinheit in Großbritannien und in den USA: im …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Ounce — Ounce, n. [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}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A feline quadruped ({Felis irbis} syn. {Felis uncia}) resembling the leopard… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ounce — ● ounce nom féminin (anglais ounce, du français once) Unité anglaise de masse (symbole oz), dans le système des mesures avoirdupois, égale à 1°16 de pound (environ 28,35 g). ounce [uns] n. f. ÉTYM. XXe; mot angl., du franç. once. → 1. Once. ❖ ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ounce — [aʊns] written abbreviation oz. noun [countable] a measurement of weight equal to 28.35 grams * * * ounce UK US /aʊns/ noun [C] (WRITTEN ABBREVIATION oz) ► [C] MEASURES a unit of weight equal to 28.35 grams: » …   Financial and business terms

  • ounce — ounce1 [ouns] n. [OFr unce < L uncia, a twelfth, twelfth part of a foot or pound, orig., unit, akin to L unus,ONE] 1. a) a unit of weight, equal to 1/ 16 pound avoirdupois or 16 drams (28.3495 grams) b) a unit of weight, equal to 1/ 12 pound… …   English World dictionary

  • Ounce — Ounce, im englischen Gewichtssystem = 1/16 Pound avoirdupois (Handelspfund) = 16 Drams oder 28,35 g. Ferner 1 Ounce = 1/12 Imperial Troy Pound = 20 Penny Weight oder 31,1035 g …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Ounce — [auns] die; , s [ aunsiz] <aus gleichbed. engl. ounce, dies über altfr. unce aus lat. uncia »Unze«> engl. Gewichtseinheit (28,35 g); Abk.: oz …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Ounce — (engl., spr. Auns; d.i. Unze), Gewicht 1) in England a) als Handelsgewicht der 16. Theil eines Pfundes (Avoir dupois), also 1 O. = 28,3 Grammes = 1,69 deutsches Zollloth; getheilt in[527] 16 Drams (Drachmen); b) als Apotheker , Münz , Golo u.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ounce — (spr. aunß, »Unze«), engl. Gewicht: im Probiergewicht für Silber 1/12 des Pfundes = 20 Pennyweights; im Feingewicht ebenso (abgekürzt oz.) = 480 Grains Troy = 31,1035 g; im Arzneigewicht zu 8 Drams bis August 1878 die Troyunze, aber gewöhnlich… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon


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