You might have heard someone use 5 ounces as an estimate, or you may have needed a 5-ounce measurement for a recipe.
However, it can be hard to estimate what 5 ounces looks or feels like without having some familiar examples as a reference.
Most people have held or at least seen a baseball. Baseballs used in professional games must weigh between 5 and 5.25 ounces, so they’re a perfect example of this weight.
Baseballs have a circumference of between 9 and 9.25 inches. The balls have a cork and rubber core, around which yarn is wrapped.
The ball is then covered in leather that’s stitched together, which gives the ball its signature appearance.
The stitches on the ball also help the pitcher grip the ball properly and, when the fingers or knuckles are placed strategically on the stitches, can change how the ball flies when it is thrown.
Checkbooks aren’t as commonly used as they once were, but they’re still useful in certain situations. A full checkbook weighs right around 5 ounces, so anyone who has held a checkbook can estimate that weight.
A single D battery weighs 4.9 ounces. This type of battery isn’t as commonly used as AA or AAA batteries, but it’s often found in electronics that drain a large amount of energy quickly.
This can include radios, flashlights, or any electronics that need to be on for long periods. A D battery with a full charge will be slightly heavier than a battery that has been drained.
You can also use C batteries to estimate 5 ounces. One C battery weighs about 2.29 ounces, so two C batteries are just less than 5 ounces.
AA batteries, on the other hand, are much smaller, and they only weigh about 0.5 ounces. You would need 10 of these more common batteries to equal 5 ounces.
Five Slices of Bread
The weight of bread can vary greatly depending on the type of bread, how thick the slice is, what the size of the original loaf was, and how fresh it is.
However, most sandwich bread slices weigh about 1 ounce, so five slices would equal about 5 ounces.
Dense bread types, such as whole-wheat bread or any breads with nuts, berries, or other heavy ingredients in them will weigh more.
Fresh bread has a higher moisture content, so it will weigh a little bit more than older or stale bread.
If you can imagine holding an apple, you can imagine the feel of a 5-ounce weight, as most average apples weigh right around 5 ounces.
The exact size and weight of an apple will, of course, vary from apple to apple.
A peach is another excellent option for estimating the feel of 5 ounces. Most average peaches weigh just slightly more than 5 ounces.
Nectarines, which are simply peaches with smooth skins, also weigh about 5 ounces. Oranges can also be used, as most average oranges weigh just under 5 ounces.
However, there are dozens of orange varieties, each of which grows to a different size, so using oranges to estimate 5 ounces is much less exact.
A Hockey Puck
Hockey pucks are another excellent way to imagine what a 5-ounce object might look like. Although they’re not quite as common as a baseball, at least in the United States, they’re still relatively easy to picture, and any hockey puck used in a professional game must weigh between 5.5 and 6 ounces.
A hockey puck must also have a diameter of 3 inches and be 1 inch thick to be used in professional play. Junior players use a lighter puck that weighs about 4 ounces.
The size of a smartphone varies depending on the brand and the model. Some companies prefer to make bigger phones with larger screens, while other companies aim to create smaller phones that are easy to slip into a pocket or purse.
Many smartphones, however, hover right around 5 ounces in weight. You can always look up the exact weight of any particular phone by searching for the specs regarding the model.
Whether you need to estimate or visualize a weight or you’re trying to calibrate a scale, quarters are often the best option because their weight is so exact.
One quarter weighs 5.67 grams or ever so slightly over 0.2 ounces. This means that it would take five quarters to make up 1 ounce, or 25 quarters to equal 5 ounces.
Other coins can also be used to estimate any given amount of ounces, although the numbers aren’t always as exact as when using quarters. For example, a dime weighs 2.268 grams or 0.08 ounces.
You would need 12.5 dimes to equal 1 ounce or 62.5 to equal 5 ounces.
The weight of a t-shirt depends on the style, what type of cloth was used to make it, and what size it is.
Larger shirts, for example, use more fabric and are therefore heavier than shirts in smaller sizes.
Most t-shirts, however, weigh right around 5 ounces.