n. pl. hundredweight or hun·dred·weights Abbr. cwt
1. A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms). Also called cental, short hundredweight.
2. A unit of weight in the British Imperial System equal to 112 pounds (50.80 kilograms). Also called quintal.
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