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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gallon United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters
    • n gallon a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 quarts or 4.545 liters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 570 gallons of paint would be needed to paint the outside of the White House
    • n Gallon A measure of capacity, containing four quarts; -- used, for the most part, in liquid measure, but sometimes in dry measure.☞ The standart gallon of the Unites States contains 231 cubic inches, or 8.3389 pounds avoirdupois of distilled water at its maximum density, and with the barometer at 30 inches. This is almost exactly equivalent to a cylinder of seven inches in diameter and six inches in height, and is the same as the old English wine gallon. The beer gallon, now little used in the United States, contains 282 cubic inches. The English imperial gallon contains 10 pounds avoirdupois of distilled water at 62° of Fahrenheit, and barometer at 30 inches, equal to 277.274 cubic inches.
    • gallon etc. See Bushel Gallon, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, an American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials
    • n gallon An English measure of capacity for dry or liquid substances, but usually for liquids, containing 4 quarts. The old wine-gallon, which was declared by law to contain 231 cubic inches, and to be equal to a cylinder 7 inches in diameter and 6 inches high, is now the legal gallon of the United States, where it is taken as the volume of 8.3389 pounds avoirdupois of water at its maximum density weighed in air at 30 inches and 62° F. The imperial gallon now established in Great Britain for all liquid and dry substances contains 10 imperial pounds of distilled water at 62° F., weighed in air of the same temperature and at 30 inches. It has been ascertained to contain 277.274 cubic inches. A statute of 1266 declares that “8 pounds do make a gallon of wine, and 8 gallons of wine do make a bushel.” There was thus but one legal gallon. The pound referred to in the statute was somewhat lighter than the troy pound, but it would seem that in course of time the avoirdupois pound as substituted in practice, for the wine-gallon universally used in the latter part of the seventeenth century contained 224.4 cubic inches, while 8 avoirdupois pounds of British wine (of gooseberry or elderberry) measure about 226 inches. This wine-gallon was generally supposed, and in 1689 was legally declared, to contain 231 cubic inches, so that it was found convenient in 1707 to legalize a standard that was more accurately of this capacity. This law remains in force in the United States, though that standard has long been disused. A statute of 1452 defined the gallon as 8 troy pounds of wheat (still recognizing but one gallon), but the standard exchequer gallon constructed under Henry VII., and supposed to represent the gallon then used, contains 274 1/4 cubic inches. It was generally thought to contain 272 1/4 inches, and the statute of 1697, defining dry measures, was intended to conform to this, although it actually makes the corn-gallon 26S.6 cubic inches. Elizabeth constructed a standard gallon of 282 cubic inches (or nearly 8 pounds avoirdupois of wheat), which became the old ale-gallon. The Irish gallon, which from 1450 to 1695 had contained 8 pounds troy of wine, was at the latter date carried to 272 1/4 cubic inches; but in 1735 it was again changed to 217.1 cubic inches for all purposes. The Scotch gallon was no less than 840 cubic inches. The United States gallon is equivalent to 3.7853 liters. Abbreviated gal.
    • n gallon A measure of land. A gallon of land is supposed to have been the amount of land proper to sow a gallon of grain in.
    • n gallon The butter-bur or butterdock, Petasites Petasites.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is about 1/4 pound of salt in every gallon of seawater.
    • n Gallon gal′un the standard measure of capacity=4 quarts.
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    Source Unknown
    “A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice”
  • George S. Patton
    “A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”
  • Prince Philip Edinburgh
    Prince Philip Edinburgh
    “The biggest waste of water in the country is when you spend half a pint and flush two gallons.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF galon, jalon, LL. galo, galona, fr. galum, a liquid measure; cf. F. jale, large bowl. Cf. Gill a measure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. galun, galon, jalon; app. cog. with Fr. jale, a bowl.


In literature:

There are then seven and a half gallons of brandy in a hundred.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
The amount of water used by troops is usually computed at the rate of five gallons for each man and ten gallons for each animal per day.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The bore has a depth of 4,010 feet, and a flow of 720,000 gallons of water per day, the temperature being 182 degs.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
This would be three gallons to every inhabitant, or twenty-one gallons to every legal voter.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
This rocking churn consists of a wooden barrel of 5-gallon capacity and a wooden "X" type stand.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
The water is raised by a steam-engine of 84 horse power, and will raise 1,500,000 gallons in 24 hours.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
It contained about two gallons of a fluid of the colour of port wine, without any greater tenacity.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
In the last lines of Table 20 are given cost per million gallons for filtering at various rates.
"Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXXII, June, 1911" by E. D. Hardy
Boil them with two or three ounces of hops to three or four gallons of water, and two or three raw potatoes, pared and cut in slices.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Pint pickling salt to the gallon of cold water, teaspoon sugar, and pinch of whole cloves.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Others, however, prefer to pay a fixed amount for every thousand gallons used.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Boil six or seven gallons of water, pour it on the same quantity of cold water in a cask, and a gallon of treacle.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
She's as slink a diver as any on the lay; but she's got the shiners and so must have counsel to defend her before the beak, I'll bet a gallon.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
A good-sized fire stream delivers about 150 gallons per minute, and for a house in flames, four streams are none too many.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
The twenty gallon size is very convenient for waste acid, old separators, and any junk parts which are wet with acid.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The chief spring discharges one hundred and twenty-eight gallons a minute.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
In 1907 there were six engines in the works with a pumping capacity of 152,000,000 gallons daily.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Blockade whiskey, until recently, sold to the consumer at from $2.50 to $3.00 a gallon.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
This wash is obtained in gallon and half-gallon cans.
"The Apple" by Various
The system has a delivery capacity of 80,000,000 gallons daily.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

And all night long let three stout men
The vestry watch within,
To each man give a gallon of beer
And a keg of Holland's gin;
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
I brought him op o deep breawn jug,
'At o gallon did contain;
An' he took it at one blessed draught,
An' laid him deawn again!
"Tim Bobbin' Grave" by Samuel Bamford
When yacht or Coach Club fellows dine
We may carol the praises of ruby wine;
But when Automobile Clubmen convene
Then ho! For a gallon of gasoline!
"The Ballade Of The Automobile" by Ellis Parker Butler
He took a long walk in the country once
And his thirst nearly gave him fits
So he tossed an old cow for a gallon of milk
And a bull tossed him double or quits.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett
Luck, boys, luck! — a nugget of gold
Big as my fist in the blest black mould!
Luck! — a gallon of bright yellow grains
Dotted like stars in the white quartz veins!
"Good Luck! (A Ballad For The Gold-Digger)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Twelve shillings a dozen's the price to be paid,
By those who prefer it in bottles made,
But, in gallons, at THREE it is sold to the trade,
By Wittgenstein of Brisbane.
"Louis Wittgenstein's Apple Wine" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

A cap over the ruptured wellhead is now capturing more than 460,000 gallons of oil a day, Coast Guard Adm.
Annual miles driven per household: 15,700, gallons per household: 774, fuel expense at $4/gal: $3,100.
After years of research, I've finally perfected an idea to extend the mileage you get from a gallon of gas.
0Critz Farms in Cazenovia hopes to produce 5000 gallons of hard cider in just their second season.
650 gallon aquarium headboard enables you to do just that.
To hear Bush touting Western oil shale as the answer to $4 per gallon gasoline, as he did again yesterday in the Rose Garden, you would think it was 1908.
The herd produces 3,000 gallons of milk a day, which is sold to Andersen Dairy in Battle Ground.
Apparently, Sheyla's 34FFF (a gallon of silicone, people.).
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the people of the United States will have used up (forever) 100,000 gallons of oil.
The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market.
Gas, per gallon 37% change June 24, 2007: $2.98 June 25, 2008: $4.07.
Federal regulations can be maddening, but none more so than a current one that demands oil refiners use millions of gallons of a substance, cellulosic ethanol, that does not exist.
1 ice cream producer, churning out over 142 million gallons of icecream .
Usage is affected by the thousands of gallons it takes to manufacture clothing and bring food to the table.
3.5 million…the number of gallons of water a person consumes in a lifetime.

In science:

Both the iPod and the iPhone have, in fact, only a headphone jack and the 30-pin dock connector. 2A US gallon correspondents to ≈ 3.78 liters.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
The Price of a Gal lon: 47 liquids compared. url: http : / / www . cockeyed . com / science/gallon/liquid.html. Adbusters Blog.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
The water is stored in a surface 1.2-million-gallon reinforced concrete storage tank. A minimal amount of treatment is provided by a chlorinating system.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
One reasonable method is to estimate the number of cars (one per person), the annual miles driven per car, and convert their product into gallons and barrels.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days