hogshead definition

  • noun:
    • some of numerous products of amount or capacity which range from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters), especially a unit of ability used in fluid measure in america, corresponding to 63 gallons (238 liters).
    • a big barrel or cask with this specific ability.
    • An English way of measuring convenience of liquids, containing 63 wine gallons, or around 52 1/2 imperial gallons; a half pipeline.
    • a big cask or barrel, of long articles; specially one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
    • An English measure of capability, containing 63 wine gallons, or just around 521/2 imperial gallons; a half pipeline.
    • a big cask or barrel, of long articles; esp. one containing from 100 to 140 gallons.
    • a sizable cask for liquors, etc.
    • Specifically— A cask having the definite capacity of 63 old wine-gallons, 54 beer-gallons, etc. See def. 2.
    • A cask having a capacity of from 100 to 140 gallons: because, a hogshead of sugar, molasses, or cigarette.
    • A liquid measure containing 63 old wine-gallons (equal to 52½ imperial gallons), this value having been fixed by an English statute of 1423.
    • A draught, as of wine or ale, extracted from a cup which forms the pinnacle or cover of a jug in the shape of a hog. See Sussex pig, under pig.
    • a British device of convenience of alcoholic beverages
    • a big cask especially one holding 63 gals

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