noun \ˈtən\
plural tons also ton

Definition of TON

a :  a unit of internal capacity for ships equal to 100 cubic feet —called also register ton
b :  a unit approximately equal to the volume of a long ton weight of seawater used in reckoning the displacement of ships and equal to 35 cubic feet
c :  a unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 cubic feet —called also measurement ton
:  any of various units of weight:
a :  short ton — see weight table
b :  metric ton
:  a great quantity :  lot <ate tons of cookies> <has tons of money> <a ton of work to do>

Origin of TON

Middle English tunne unit of weight or capacity — more at tun
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain

Rhymes with TON


noun \ˈtōⁿ\

Definition of TON

:  the prevailing fashion :  vogue
:  the quality or state of being smart or fashionable

Origin of TON

French, literally, tone, from Old French, from Latin tonus
First Known Use: 1756

Rhymes with TON


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