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HAND Tweet Definition of HAND Like Definition of HAND on Facebook
initialism
  1. Have a nice day.
handbreadth Tweet Definition of handbreadth Like Definition of handbreadth on Facebook
noun
  1. A space equal to the breadth of the hand; a palm - Exodus 37:12
hectare Tweet Definition of hectare Like Definition of hectare on Facebook
noun
  1. A unit of surface area (symbol ha) equal to 100 ares (that is, 10,000 square metres, one hundreth of a square kilometre, or approximately 2.5 acres), used for measuring the areas of geographical features such as land and bodies of water.
hectogram Tweet Definition of hectogram Like Definition of hectogram on Facebook
noun
  1. A unit of mass equal to 100 grams and with symbol hg.
hectometer Tweet Definition of hectometer Like Definition of hectometer on Facebook
noun
  1. (American): variant of hectometre.
height Tweet Definition of height Like Definition of height on Facebook
noun (uncountable and countable; plural: heights)
  1. The distance from the base of something to the top.
  2. Height of a standing person or animal (withers.)
hl Tweet Definition of hl Like Definition of hl on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. hectoliter, hectolitre
HM Tweet Definition of HM Like Definition of HM on Facebook
initialism
  1. His Majesty, the title of a king
  2. Her Majesty, the title of a queen
hogshead Tweet Definition of hogshead Like Definition of hogshead on Facebook
noun
  1. An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 52 1/2 imperial gallons; a half pipe.
    Quotations
    • 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
      1. A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
hundredweight Tweet Definition of hundredweight Like Definition of hundredweight on Facebook
noun
  1. A measure of weight containing 100 pounds in the U.S. or 112 pounds in the United Kingdom.
Quotations
  • 1882: The hundredweight of 112 avoirdupois lbs. becomes general in the period before me, and is employed for the commoner kinds of materials. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 209.

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