metric ton

noun

Definition of metric ton

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

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Global paraxylene price fellfrom $1040 to $850 per metric ton from mid-April to June 19. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Could petrochemicals be entering a down cycle?," 25 June 2019 Before this policy, nearly half of the world’s recyclables were going to plants in China, about 40 million metric tons per year, according to the United Nations. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Alabama hits recycling milestone, keeping quarter of all trash from landfills," 16 June 2019 Each has bought about 12 million metric tons per year. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019 About 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean annually -- equivalent to the weight of nearly 90 aircraft carriers, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Michelle Lou, CNN, "633 divers collect over 1,500 pounds of trash at a Florida beach -- and set a world record," 16 June 2019 About 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean annually — equivalent to the weight of nearly 90 aircraft carriers, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "633 divers collect over 1,500 pounds of trash at a Florida beach — and set a world record," 16 June 2019 An analysis by the Rhodium Group, an economic consulting firm, found that the proposal would lead to an additional 32 million to 114 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "EPA’s Science Advisory Board to Scrutinize Clean Car Rollback," 12 June 2019 Canada sold roughly 70,000 metric tons of wheat to Saudi Arabia in the most recent crop year, a fraction of the 16.2 million metric tons of Canadian wheat growers shipped overseas. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Orders Its Fund Managers to Dump Canadian Assets," 8 Aug. 2018 Benchmark iron ore with 62% iron content rose 3.8% to $92.32 a metric ton, breaking sharply higher at roughly 8 a.m. ET. David Hodari, WSJ, "Iron-Ore Prices Jump to Highest Level Since 2014 on Vale Concerns," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of metric ton

1864, in the meaning defined above

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metric ton

noun

English Language Learners Definition of metric ton

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

metric ton

noun

Kids Definition of metric ton

: a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms

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