How Many Ounces Does a Pound Have?

It depends on what kind of liquid you are measuring how many fluid ounces are in a pound. For example, 0.95 pounds is equal to 16 ounces of olive oil. 1.04 pounds is how much the same amount of water weighs.

A unit used to measure volume is the fluid ounce. A unit for measuring weight is a pound. So, asking how many fluid ounces are in a pound is pointless until you know what is being measured.

Because it is more dense, one liquid will weigh more than another of the same volume. Using water and oil as an example, water is denser than oil. So, 16 ounces of water weighs 1.04 pounds and 16 ounces of oil weighs only 0.95 pounds. Mercury that is the same size weighs more than 14 pounds.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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