If you have 1/16 of a pound of caviar, this is an example of an ounce of caviar.
If you show only a tiny amount of compassion to someone who is suffering when you'd be expected to show more, this is an example of when you show an ounce of compassion.
Not an ounce of sympathy.
He didn't feel even an ounce of regret for his actions.
An ounce of prevention.
Other Word Forms
Origin of ounce
- Middle English unce from Old French from Latin ūncia oi-no- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition