- n a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
- n excess bodily weight
- Britain's schoolchildren grapple for years with three different and conflicting methods of measuring weight (avoirdupois, troy and apothecaries' table), three ways of measuring .
- Old-time opera fans do not mind the drop in avoirdupois, but they sniff contemptuously at the comparatively microphonic murmuring that goes with it.
- WINNERS LOSERS RECKONING WITH THE PAST WINNERS MISS UNIVERSE Adios, avoirdupois.