Definition:Avoirdupois/Stone/Historical Note

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Historical Note on Stone

The stone was originally used to weigh agricultural commodities.

Before standardisation, not only did the stone vary according to commodity, it also varied according to location.


While it is commonplace in Britain to report one's weight in stone, in America the weight is not used, and pounds (avoirdupois) are used instead.