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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chaldron a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 36 bushels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chaldron An English dry measure, being, at London, 36 bushels heaped up, or its equivalent weight, and more than twice as much at Newcastle. Now used exclusively for coal and coke.☞ In the United States the chaldron is ordinarily 2,940 lbs, but at New York it is 2,500 lbs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chaldron A measure of coals, etc., equal, by a statute of Charles II., to 36 coal bushels, or 25½ hundredweight, but customarily in England to 32 heaped bushels. The Newcastle chaldron is 52½ or 53 hundredweight. In American ports the weight is very various, but the ordinary weight in the United States is 26¼ hundredweight.
    • n chaldron See chaudron.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chaldron chawl′drun an old coal-measure, holding 36 heaped bushels (= 25½ cwt.).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chaldron, F. chaudron, kettle. The same word as caldron,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chaudron. See Cauldron.


In literature:

Called up by people come to deliver in ten chaldron of coals, brought in one of our prizes from Newcastle.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1667" by Samuel Pepys
The annual consumption of coal in London is estimated at 1,500,000 chaldrons.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 472" by Various
Afterwards the word was also used of the amount of coal a keel would carry, i. e. 8 chaldrons, or 21 tons 4 cwt.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
His is purest, if a mark more the chaldron.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
How many chaldrons Hell each year expends In coals for roasting Hugonots and friends!
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Let your sauce be chaldron for a Swan, and serve it in saucers.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
A few additional chaldrons of coals and pairs of blankets, the first frosty winter, bound them his slaves for ever.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV." by Various
Each chaldron-waggon had a man in charge of it, and was originally drawn by one horse.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
Her supply of coal was 254 chaldrons, or over 330 tons.
"The Romance of Industry and Invention"
The fuel consisted of sea coal, 80 chaldrons, charcoal, 20 quarters, and 4,140 faggots for brewing and baking.
"England in the Days of Old" by William Andrews