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ounce a unit of weight of one sixteenth of a pound avoirdupois (approximately 28 grams); a unit of one twelfth of a pound troy or apothecaries' measure, equal to 480 grains (approximately 31 grams). Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from Latin uncia ‘twelfth part (of a pound or foot)’, also the base of inch.
an ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept proverbial saying, late 16th century, meaning that a small amount of practical assistance is worth more than a great deal of advice; the proverb is found in a number of forms juxtaposing elements of contrasted value.

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ounce1 / ouns/ • n. 1. (abbr.: oz) a unit of weight of one sixteenth of a pound avoirdupois (approx. 28 grams). ∎  a unit of one twelfth of a pound troy or apothecaries' measure, equal to 480 grains (approx. 31 grams). 2. a very small amount of something: Robin summoned up every ounce of strength. 3. short for fluid ounce. ounce2 • n. another term for snow leopard.

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ounce1 unit of weight. XIV. ME. unce — OF. unce (mod. once) = It. oncia, †onza :- L. uncia twelfth part of a pound or foot (cf. INCH1), f. ūnus ONE, prob. intended orig. to express a unit.

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ounce2 †lynx XIII; mountain panther XVIII. — AN. *unce, OF. once, beside lonce (the l of which was taken for the def. art.), repr. Rom. *luncia, f. lynx, lync- LYNX.

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ounce, in zoology: see leopard.

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ounceaskance, expanse, finance, Hans, Hanse, manse, nance, Penzance, Romance •underpants • happenstance •advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, entrance, faience, France, glance, lance, mischance, outdance, perchance, prance, Provence, stance, trance •nuance • tap-dance • square dance •freelance • convenance •cense, commence, common sense, condense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, hence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, prepense, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, thence, whence •ring-fence • recompense •frankincense •chintz, convince, evince, Linz, mince, Port-au-Prince, prince, quince, rinse, since, Vince, wince •province •bonce, ensconce, nonce, ponce, response, sconce •séance • pièce de résistance •announce, bounce, denounce, flounce, fluid ounce, jounce, mispronounce, ounce, pounce, pronounce, renounce, trounce •dunce, once

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