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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

If L is length and W is width, what is T?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19041points) June 16th, 2011

I’m looking at this product online and the dimensions are 10.4 ” L x 5.6 ” W x 5.3 ” T. I have no idea what the heck T is though.

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augustlan's avatar


linguaphile's avatar

Tonnage? XD
Was it translated from another language, such as Chinese? I find the most intriguing abbreviations and grammar usage from the Chinese translators. Maybe they think it’s the appropriate abbreviation for ‘depth?’

(edit: Wait a minute… inches are not usually represented in decimal values… must be a translation)

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

It was made in Thailand… but it was Target’s website…

lillycoyote's avatar

What is the product? That might help.

roundsquare's avatar

Probably thickness/what ever the 3rd dimension is.

@linguaphile “inches are not usually represented in decimal values” Really? I thought the always were.

augustlan's avatar

Hrm. Thickness definitely doesn’t seem to work with that item. I’m at a loss.

Bellatrix's avatar

I am at a loss too @Augustlan. Sorry @MyNewtBoobs no idea… let us know if you find out.

lillycoyote's avatar

Yes, I’m with @augustlan. I would have said thickness too but it doesn’t fit here, nor does length either actually, its basically a round object with a hollow center. It might just be some bit of copywriting or data entry nonsense or carelessness. It should be measure in height and width or possibly diameter.

Though, it looks like the pestle might be 10.4 ” long and the mortar is possibly 5.6 ” wide and 5.3 ” tall (T) maybe? Though of course H for high/height is the standard usage, that may be it. That’s the only way the numbers make any sense. T for tall maybe.

Bellatrix's avatar

I would have thought depth would have fitted but not a T.

Jeruba's avatar

Perhaps the dimensions given are not those of the product itself but of the box or package it comes in, in which case “thickness” might be meant by the T even though “depth” is the usual third dimension.

Fractions of inches are sometimes given in decimal form; not always, not never, but sometimes.

_zen_'s avatar

Under the measurements, it lists weight as 5.3 – it says T = 5.3 – this can’t be a coincidence and also makes sense. The weight of the mortal and pestle is 5.3 lbs.

Because the letter W is already taken for “width” – the letter T was used for weight.

roundsquare's avatar

Indeed, what @zen says makes sense. Since the object is round, you only need two numbers to describe its dimensions. I’d guess 10.4 is the diameter of the bowl and 5.6 is its height (the radius plus .4 in for the little base).

@Jeruba Thanks. I totally forgot that people use fractions of an inch instead of decimal.

Brian1946's avatar

My guess is that the pestle is 10.4” long, and the mortar is 5.6” wide (in diameter) by 5.3” tall.

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laureth's avatar

10.4 ” Long, x 5.6 ” Wide, x 5.3 ” Tall, might refer to whatever box it comes in.

Kayak8's avatar

I think the confusion stems from measurements referring to TWO objects, not one. The pestle (bat-shaped) is measured in L=length. The mortar (bowl-shaped) is measured w=width and t=tall. While H=height could have been used, it would have been confusing when one object is most often understood to be resting inside the other object (when in use) and both objects are being sold as a pair.

Here is an example from Walmart that shows L x W x H and the photo shows the pestle in the mortar.

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JLeslie's avatar

@roundsquare It isn’t odd to see inches with a decimal, but can be translated wrong by people because inches and feet are base 12 and Americans are notoriously bad at math. Ask a bunch of people where 10.4 is on a ruler.

JLeslie's avatar

It looks like it could fit in a cube box. I don’t see how any dimensions can be almost double another. I think it is just simply written incorrectly.

JLeslie's avatar

Also, I have never heard tall used in a measurment I don’t think? Height, width, depth, length. Tall is odd. But, could be because of translation.

Stinley's avatar

I don’t think it’s weight as it is in inches. I was thinking tall too, though it is a little odd. The box it comes in may have the pestle located alongside the mortar making it much bigger in one dimension.

whitenoise's avatar

I would not look for too much logic in the specs for this product.

When selecting shipping specifications, they estimate the weight to be 2.25 pounds. That is about half of the product weight.

T may stand for tall, but may just as likely be t for typo.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JLeslie I think it’s an old standard measurement. They used to use T or H for tall or height.

JLeslie's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Really? I didn’t know that.

@whitenoise Now that might make sense. It could be the shipping dimension, because if you pack is all up together, the two pieces, then you could come up with almost double in one of the dimensions. But, I think it is odd to list the shipping dimension,

JLeslie's avatar

Oh, wait, the shipping dimensions are even smaller. My offical answer is typo.

wundayatta's avatar

Tall makes perfect sense to me.

I would think that the other two dimensions should be diameters of top and bottom. Width makes no sense in this context. It should be the same as the length.

Also the shipping dimensions make no sense, since each dimension is smaller than the item is.

I think this is all a mistake.

lillycoyote's avatar

LOL. I am now voting for typo, somewhere in the information at least. I just checked “Shipping & Additional Information” tab at the link too, where the mortar and pestle’s ship dimensions and weight are described as follows.

Estimated Ship Dimensions : 4.8 inches length x 4.7 inches width x 4.7 inches height
Estimated Ship Weight: 2.25 pounds.

So, as @wundayatta already pointed out, the shipping dimensions make absolutely no sense compared to the dimensions stated in the product description. I think we can all agree that the chances that the shipping box that contains an object will be both smaller and significantly lighter than the object itself pretty damn slim. :-)

So who the hell can tell how big it is from the information provided; how long, wide, tall, deep and/or high the damn thing is?

lillycoyote's avatar

Oops, @JLeslie and @whitenoise also previously noted that the shipping dimensions were smaller. Didn’t want you to think you were invisible. :-)

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