From Middle English ounce, unce, from Middle French once, from Latin uncia (“Roman ounce, various similar units”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *óynos (“one”). Doublet of a, one, inch, uncia, onça, onza, oka, ouguiya, and awqiyyah.
ounce (plural ounces)
- An avoirdupois ounce, weighing 1⁄16 of an avoirdupois pound, or 28.3495 grams.
- A troy ounce, weighing 1⁄12 of a troy pound, or 480 grains, or 31.1035 grams.
- A US fluid ounce, with a volume of 1⁄16 of a US pint, 1.8047 cubic inches or 29.5735 millilitres.
- A British imperial fluid ounce, with a volume of 1⁄20 of an imperial pint, 1.7339 cubic inches or 28.4131 millilitres.
- (figurative) Any small amount, a little bit.
- He didn't feel even an ounce of regret for his actions.
- (avoirdupois ounce): oz.; ℥, uncia (pharmacy)
- (fluid ounce): oz., fl. oz.
- (small amount): see also Thesaurus:modicum
- → Tokelauan: aunehe
From Middle French once, from Old French lonce (“lynx”), by false division (the l was thought to be the article), from Italian lonza, ultimately from Ancient Greek λύγξ (lúnx, “lynx”). Doublet of onza.
ounce (plural ounces)
- (now archaic) A large wild feline, such as a lynx or cougar. [from 14th c.]
- 1634, William Wood, “Of the Beasts that Live on the Land”, in New Englands Prospect. A True, Lively, and Experimentall Description of that Part of America, Commonly Called New England; […], London: […] Tho[mas] Cotes, for Iohn Bellamie, […], →OCLC, 1st part, page 23:
- The Ounce or the vvilde Cat, is as big as a mungrell dog, this creature is by nature feirce, and more dangerous to bee met vvithall than any other creature, not fearing eyther dogge or man; […]
- 1801, Robert Southey, “(please specify the page)”, in Thalaba the Destroyer, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: […] [F]or T[homas] N[orton] Longman and O[wen] Rees, […], by Biggs and Cottle, […], →OCLC:
- Halloa! another prey,
The nimble Antelope!
The ounce is freed; one spring,
And his talons are sheath’d in her shoulders,
And his teeth are red in her gore.
- Synonym of , Panthera uncia. [from 18th c.]
- (cryptozoology) Synonym of , a particularly aggressive cougar or jaguarundi in Mexican folklore.
- 1911, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, volume 8, page 235:
- The ounce, a leopard-like creature, is dreaded for its depredations by the Indians of Brazil.
- snow leopard on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Uncia uncia on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
- Uncia uncia on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
ounce (plural ounces or ounce)
- An ounce (unit with much variation, but generally equivalent to 1/12 or 1/16 of a pound)
- (rare) A shekel (ancient measure of weight)
- (rare) A minuscule or insignificant amount or quantity.
- (rare) An eight-minute unit for measuring time.
- (rare) A three-inch unit for measuring length.
- “ounce” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.