metric ton


Definition of metric ton

: a unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms — see Metric System Table

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Elsewhere in base metals Thursday, aluminum for delivery in three months dipped 0.5% to $1,850 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Edges Higher as Analysts Weigh Trade Talks," 14 Feb. 2019 Aluminum for three-month delivery on Wednesday closed up 1.7% at $1,867 per metric ton on the London Metal Exchange. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Senate Fails to Block Administration From Easing Russia Sanctions," 16 Jan. 2019 Elsewhere in base metals, aluminum for delivery in three months rose less than 0.1% to $1,846 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Copper Slumps on Weak Chinese Economic Data," 31 Dec. 2018 The ballot measure’s carbon fee would start at $15 a metric ton of carbon, which would add an estimated 14 cents to the cost of a gallon of gasoline. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "With carbon fee measure now on Washington’s November ballot, campaign money is rolling in," 6 Aug. 2018 Eggert said steel prices in the U.S. that have averaged around $80 a metric ton more than those in the rest of the world show the inefficiency of the American industry., "Trump's Steel Tariff Shakes Global Trade Order, EU Group Warns," 2 Mar. 2018 That introduced a problem: a metric ton of screen tearing. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti review: A tale of two very expensive graphics cards," 19 Sep. 2018 Source: Argus Media The global vanadium market is small, with roughly 80,000 metric tons of the metal produced each year. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 The $20 billion project would yield about 9 million metric tons of products a year. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Aramco in Talks to Buy Stake in Petrochemical Firm," 19 July 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of metric ton

: a unit of mass and weight equal to one million grams

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: a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms

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