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hogshead

HOGS'HEAD, n. [the English orthography is grossly corrupt.]

1. A measure of capacity, containing 63 gallons.

2. In America,this name is often given to a butt, a cask containing from 110 to 120 gallons; as a hogshead of spirit or molasses.

3. A large cask, of indefinite contents.



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HOGS'HEAD, n. [the English orthography is grossly corrupt.]

1. A measure of capacity, containing 63 gallons.

2. In America,this name is often given to a butt, a cask containing from 110 to 120 gallons; as a hogshead of spirit or molasses.

3. A large cask, of indefinite contents.

HOGS'HEAD, n. [D. oxhoofd; G. oxhoft; Dan. oxehoved; Sw. oxhufvud; that is, oxhead. The English orthography is grossly corrupt.]

  1. A measure of capacity, containing 63 gallons.
  2. In America, this name is often given to a butt, a cask containing from 110 to 120 gallons; as, a hogshead of spirit or melasses.
  3. A large cask of indefinite contents. Bacon.

Hogs"head
  1. An English measure of capacity, containing 63 wine gallons, or about 52½ imperial gallons; a half pipe.

    * The London hogshead of beer was 54 beer gallons, the London hogshead of ale was 48 ale gallons. Elsewhere in England the ale and beer hogsheads held 51 gallons. These measures are no longer in use, except for cider.

  2. A large cask or barrel, of indefinite contents; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.

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Hogshead

HOGS'HEAD, noun [the English orthography is grossly corrupt.]

1. A measure of capacity, containing 63 gallons.

2. In America, this name is often given to a butt, a cask containing from 110 to 120 gallons; as a hogshead of spirit or molasses.

3. A large cask, of indefinite contents.

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importance

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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AV'ERAGE, n.

1. In commerce, a contribution to a general loss. When for the safety of a ship in distress, any destruction of property is incurred, either by cutting away the masts, throwing goods overboard, or other means, all persons who have goods on board, or property in the ship, contribute to the loss according to their average, that is, the goods of each on board. This principle, introduced into the commerce of Europe, from the Rhodian laws, and recognized by the regulations of Wisby, is now an established rule in the maritime laws of Europe; for it is most reasonable, that when one man's property is sacrificed to save a ship, all persons whose property is saved, or in like hazard, should bear their proportion of the loss.

2. From the practice of contributing to bear losses, in proportion to each man's property, this word has obtained the present popular sense, which is, that of a mean proportion, medial sum or quantity, made out of unequal sums or quantities. Thus, if A loses 5 dollars, B 9 and C 16, the sum is 30, and the average, 10.

3. A small duty payable by the shippers of goods, to the master of the ship, over and above the freight, for his care of the goods.

Hence the expression in bills of lading, "paying so much freight with primage and average accustomed."

4. In England, the breaking up of cornfields, eddish or roughings.

Upon, or on an average, is taking the mean of unequal numbers or quantities.

AV'ERAGE, a. Medial; containing a mean proportion.

AV'ERAGE, v.t. To find the mean of unequal sums or quantities; to reduce to a medium; to divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss.

AV'ERAGE, v.i. To form a mean or medial sum or quantity; as, the losses of the owners will average 25 dollars each.

These spars average 10 feet in length.

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