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CARAT, n.

1. The weight of four grains, used by gold-smiths and jewelers in weighing precious stones and pearls.

2. The weight that expresses the fineness of gold. The whole mass of gold is divided into 24 equal parts, and as many 24th parts as it contains of pure gold, it is called gold of so many carats. Thus gold of twenty-two parts of pure metal, is gold of twenty-two carats. The carat in Great Britain is divided into four grains; among the Germans into twelve parts; and among the French into thirty-two.

3. The value of any thing.



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CARAT, n.

1. The weight of four grains, used by gold-smiths and jewelers in weighing precious stones and pearls.

2. The weight that expresses the fineness of gold. The whole mass of gold is divided into 24 equal parts, and as many 24th parts as it contains of pure gold, it is called gold of so many carats. Thus gold of twenty-two parts of pure metal, is gold of twenty-two carats. The carat in Great Britain is divided into four grains; among the Germans into twelve parts; and among the French into thirty-two.

3. The value of any thing.

CAR'AT, n. [It. carato; Fr. carat; D. karaat; G. karat; Gr. κερατιον, a little horn, a pod, and the berry of a pod, used for a weight of four grains. From the Greeks it is said the Arabians borrowed their قرط karat, a weight used in Mecca, equal to the twenty-fourth of a denarius, or denier. See Castel, Col. 3448, and Ludolf, 199.]

  1. The weight of four grains, used by goldsmiths and jewelers in weighing precious stones and pearls. – Encyc.
  2. The weight that expresses the fineness of gold. The whole mass of gold is divided into 24 equal parts, and as many 24th parts as it contains of pure gold, it is called gold of so many carats. Thus gold of twenty-two parts of pure metal, is gold of twenty-two carats. The carat in Great Britain is divided into four grains; among the Germans into twelve parts; and among the French into thirty-two. – Encyc.
  3. The value of any thing. [Obs.] – B. Jonson.

Car"at
  1. The weight by which precious stones and pearls are weighed.

    * The carat equals three and one fifth grains Troy, and is divided into four grains, sometimes called carat grains. Diamonds and other precious stones are estimated by carats and fractions of carats, and pearls, usually, by carat grains. Tiffany.

  2. A twenty-fourth part; -- a term used in estimating the proportionate fineness of gold.

    * A mass of metal is said to be so many carats fine, according to the number of twenty-fourths of pure gold which it contains; as, 22 carats fine (goldsmith's standard) = 22 parts of gold, 1 of copper, and 1 of silver.

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Carat

CARAT, noun

1. The weight of four grains, used by gold-smiths and jewelers in weighing precious stones and pearls.

2. The weight that expresses the fineness of gold. The whole mass of gold is divided into 24 equal parts, and as many 24th parts as it contains of pure gold, it is called gold of so many carats. Thus gold of twenty-two parts of pure metal, is gold of twenty-two carats. The carat in Great Britain is divided into four grains; among the Germans into twelve parts; and among the French into thirty-two.

3. The value of any thing.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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