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pound (£)

the standard monetary unit of the UK. See CURRENCY. STERLING.

pound

the standard CURRENCY unit of the UK and a number of other countries, mainly current and former members of the British Commonwealth. When used in international transactions, the UK pound is referred to as STERLING to distinguish it from other country's pounds, such as the Lebanese or Egyptian pound.
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As a unit of measure, it refers to the smallest English and US unit of weight equal to 1/5760 of the troy pound and 1/7000 of the avoirdupois pound. Following the OED, grain with reference to measure was first used in the 16th century (s.v.
English dry weight pounds Troy grains Grams tower pound 5,400 349.92 troy pound 5,760 373.248 merchants' pound 6,750 437.40 avoir-du-pois pound 6,992 453.0816 avoirdupois pound 7,000 453.60 hanseatic merchants' pound 7,200 466.56 haverdepoise pound 7,680 497.664 Table 2.
During the Middle Ages it seems we measured grain in bushels and a bushel, when full of wheat, was reckoned to weigh 64 tower pounds or 56 avoirdupois pounds.