Hundred Weight

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Hundred Weight

100 pounds. Cwt is used in some futures contracts and other derivatives in which the weight of the underlying asset is required. For example, a contract may state that the seller will deliver 3 Cwt, meaning 300 pounds. This convention has been in use in the United States since the 19th century.
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I should have looked out beforehand some stone weighing a hundredweight or more which had been lying in the corner from the time the house was built.