metric ton


Definition of metric ton

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

Examples of metric ton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Average prices for one battery chemical, lithium carbonate, have risen to around $9,000 per metric ton, from $6,000 at the end of last year, buoyed by Chinese demand. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "America’s Battery-Powered Car Hopes Ride on Lithium. One Producer Paves the Way.," 9 Mar. 2021 For years, prices hovered around just $5 a metric ton. Eric Roston,, "A New UN Push Aims to Feed the World’s Rabid Hunger for Carbon Credits," 19 Nov. 2020 Advances on the day were helped by copper, which rose above $9,000 a metric ton for the first time in nine years, before extending gains further on Tuesday. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Inflation, You Say?," 24 Feb. 2021 Hobbs, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, includes a carbon fee of $20 per metric ton in his 16-year plan compared to Fey's $15 carbon fee. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington state Democrats, GOP pave way for gas tax fight on long road to transportation budget," 23 Feb. 2021 But they’re now needed by the metric ton — a thousandfold increase. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster," 19 Feb. 2021 This rover is the heaviest NASA has ever attempted to land, weighing in at over a metric ton. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Perseverance rover is coming in for a Mars landing today," 18 Feb. 2021 Carbon taxing is a policy that imposes a fee on carbon dioxide emissions, usually by the metric ton. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "Janet Yellen supports a carbon tax, but what exactly does that mean?," 26 Nov. 2020 That would value the additional emissions at 2.7 billion euros ($3.2 billion) based on Thursday’s carbon price of about 28 euros a metric ton. Ewa Krukowska,, "Shipping Industry and Asian Nations Object to EU Pollution Plan," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of metric ton

1864, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2021

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“Metric ton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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Kids Definition of metric ton

: a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms

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