Tare -

A deduction from the gross weight of goods, allowed to cover the weight of the package. Actual tare is obtained by emptying the package and weighing it apart from its contents. Average tare is calculated by weighing a few of the packages and deducting from all filled packages the average weight so ascertained. Estimated tare is arrived at by a reasonable allowance for the supposed weight without actually ascertaining it. After the deduction of the tare, the balance is called net weight. Formerly, other deductions were made after taking off the "tare" - one for waste through dust, etc., being called tret; followed by lesser ones called draft, for the turn of the scale; cloff, an allowance of 2 lbs. in every 3 cwt. retailed, etc.

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