gross, a Teutonic word represented in English by " great." Apart from its direct meaning, and such figurative senses as coarse, vulgar or flagrant, the chief uses are whole, entire, without deduction, as opposed to " net," or as applied to that which is sold in bulk as opposed to " retail " (cf.
As a unit of tale, "gross" equals 12 dozen, 144, sometimes known as " small gross," in contrast with " greatgross," i.e.
As a technical expression in English common law, " in gross " is applied to an incorporeal hereditament attached to the person of an owner, in contradistinction to one which is appendant or appurtenant, that is, attached to the ownership of land (see Commons).
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