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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pound  \Pound\,  n.;  pl  {Pounds},  collectively  {Pound}  or 
  {Pounds}.  [AS.  pund,  fr  L.  pondo,  akin  to  pondus  a  weight, 
  pendere  to  weigh.  See  {Pendant}.] 
  1.  A  certain  specified  weight;  especially,  a  legal  standard 
  consisting  of  an  established  number  of  ounces. 
  Note:  The  pound  in  general  use  in  the  United  States  and  in 
  England  is  the  pound  avoirdupois,  which  is  divided  into 
  sixteen  ounces,  and  contains  7,000  grains.  The  pound 
  troy  is  divided  into  twelve  ounces,  and  contains  5,760 
  grains.  144  pounds  avoirdupois  are  equal  to  175  pounds 
  troy  weight.  See  {Avoirdupois},  and  {Troy}. 
  2.  A  British  denomination  of  money  of  account,  equivalent  to 
  twenty  shillings  sterling,  and  equal  in  value  to  about 
  $4.86.  There  is  no  coin  known  by  this  name  but  the  gold 
  sovereign  is  of  the  same  value. 
  Note:  The  pound  sterling  was  in  Saxon  times,  about  a.  d.  671, 
  a  pound  troy  of  silver,  and  a  shilling  was  its 
  twentieth  part  consequently  the  latter  was  three  times 
  as  large  as  it  is  at  present.  --Peacham. 

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