How many pounds are in a stone?


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A stone is a British unit of weight that is equivalent to 14 pounds or 6.35 kilograms. It was traditionally used in many northwestern European countries as a unit of weight for dry goods, but it is now commonly used to express body weight in Britain.

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The term "stone" originated from using stones as weights in the trade of goods. A stone was chosen as a local standard. As a result, the size and weight of the stones varied by region and by goods being traded, ranging from 4 to 40 pounds. The introduction of the metric system resulted in the stone being replaced by the kilogram.

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