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The pound (also referred to by the symbol "lb" derived from the Latin word "libra") and the ounce (abbreviated as "oz") are two important units of mass in the imperial system of units, which is widely used in the United States and other countries that follow the imperial system.
A pound is defined as exactly 0.45359237 kilograms. The ounce, on the other hand, is smaller than the pound. In the imperial system, 1 pound is equal to 16 ounces. So if you know the weight in ounces and you want to convert this to pounds, you would simply divide the number of ounces by 16.
1 pound = 16 ounces
These units are widely used in everyday situations such as in cooking recipes, to measure the weight of people, when posting items, and in many other scenarios. Despite most countries having adopted the metric system, the pound and the ounce continue to be used in certain industries and regions.
It's important to note that there are other definitions of the ounce in other systems, such as the fluid ounce in volume measurements, and they should not be confused with the weight ounce. Only the weight ounce is relevant for the conversion with pounds.