Notes on English System of Weights


  • English weights and measures are directed by the arrangements contained in a few Weights and Measures Acts, whereby the official models, called Majestic principles, have been settled, and all neighborhood or standard measures beforehand utilized as a part of various parts of the kingdom were abol­ished. 

  • Inferable from the permanence of antiquated traditions and the trouble of authorizing new directions, these statutes have dependably had an extremely constrained, impact,, and the best differing qualities has kept on winning. 

  • A considerable lot of such neighborhood standard weights and measures are, there­fore, still utilized on a huge scale for business trans­actions everywhere throughout the domain, thus diverse are the frameworks utilized, changing practically starting with one region then onto the next, that their grouping and outline would be a fit subject for a much, bigger work than this. 

  • The two last mentioned, as effortlessly recognized by their names, are proposed for restricted purposes, and in this manner at times if at any point utilized by vendors everywhere, while the Avoir-dupois weight and the Troy weight are day by day utilized as a part of business exchanges. 

  • The previous is utilized for coarse wares and general exchange utilize, the last for valuable metals and for logical purposes. 

  • Both frameworks have the pound as their unit; the Avoirdupois pound being, in any case, heavier than the Troy, so that 144 Avoirdupois pounds are identical to 175 Troy pounds. 

  • The accompanying are the aliquot parts of the pound in the two frameworks: 

  • As it is appeared by the above table, the most reduced aliquot part, both of the Avoirdupois and Troy pound is the grain, which being precisely equivalent in the two frameworks, might be genuinely considered as a typical premise, the beginning stage of the two weights, whose distinction comprises in the differing qualities of products received. In the Avoirdupois framework the contrast between the units of the two frameworks being, along these lines, equivalent to 1,240 grains. 

  • The heaviness of vast bundles or packages of products is ascertained in exchange by the accompanying products of the Avoirdupois framework, viz.: 

  • Among the unapproved weights still utilized among English vendors the accompanying merit specifying: 

  • Measures.- 

  • Measures are recognized into mea­sures of extensive square measures, and measures of capa­city ; the last partitioning into fluid measures, dry measures, and cubic measures. 

  • Lineal Measures.- 

  • The standard measure of length, likewise called long or lineal measure, is the yard, which isolates into the accompanying aliquot parts, viz. what's more, subsequently the accompanying products are shaped, viz.: 

  • For sea purposes, that is, for the estimation links, cordage, ship's draft, ocean soundings, and so on., the standard ordinarily utilized is the- 

  • Square Measures 

  • The ground, or some other sur­face, is computed by square measures, which compare in due extent to lineal measures, viz.: 

  • Fluid Measures,- 

  • The standard of English mea­sures for fluids, subsequently called fluid measures, is the gallon, which isolates as takes after: 

  • Expansive amounts of wine, mixers, lager, beer, &c., are generally purchased and sold by barrels (Bl.), hogsheads (,hhd.), and pipes or butts ; a hogshead being constantly figured as a large portion of the measure of a pipe or butt. 

  • The limit of such vessels is not authoritatively expressed; it differs, in this way, as per the custom of the place or the kind of fluid the vessel is utilized for. 

  • In this manner as indicated by lager measure- 

  • 1 barrel = 36 gallons. 

  • 1 hogshead = 54 gallons. 

  • 1 butt = 108 gallons. 

  • Dry Measures.- 

  • Wheat, corn, rice, grain, oats, and other free grain wares are for the most part sold by weight, furthermore by expansive measures of limit, whose Unit, be that as it may, is the gallon. Such measures are: 

  • A bushel of wheat is computed in exchange as weighing on a normal, 60 lbs. ; a bushel of grain, 47 lbs.; a. bushel of oats, 38 to 40 lbs. 

  • Cubic Measures.- 

  • There are cubic measures used to find out the volume of strong bodies and additionally the limit of a room or vessel, the standard of which is the cubic yard, relatively separated into 27 cubic feet, and a foot into 1,728 cubic inches, as proportion­ally comparing to similar norms in the lineal measure. 

  • The conveying limit of a ship, called ship's burthen or ship's tonnage, is normally assessed by cubic tons a ton being equivalent to around 40 cubic feet. The enroll tonnage is measured, be that as it may, by huge amounts of 100 cubic feet.

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