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 In April, premium Russian coking coal delivered to Jingtang port in northern China was priced at 2,710 yuan ($403) per metric ton, according to Chinese industry data provider MySteel. Laura He, CNN, 20 May 2022 The price per metric ton topped $3,400 by Feb. 28, compared with just over $2,400 on May 28, 2021, according to data provider FactSet Inc. Jennifer Williams-alvarez, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Three-month copper on the LME drops 1% to $9,301.50 a metric ton. WSJ, 29 June 2021 The price for lithium carbonate—the compound that gets extracted from the ground—has shot up 432% year over year, hitting nearly $62,000 per metric ton in April. Emily Barone, Time, 26 May 2022 In an earnings call last month, the publisher and president of the Dallas Morning News, which still prints daily, said the company’s newsprint costs had soared to about $720 a metric ton, from $520 two years earlier. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 The commodity’s price has come down from its peak of more than $3,700 a metric ton earlier this month, but remains high. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2022 Nickel prices, a metal used in electric vehicle batteries, soared to an all-time high in early March, doubling to $100,000 per metric ton, and triggering the London Metal Exchange to suspend trading. Anna Cooban And Inke Kappeler, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Since the start of 2020, prices have touched a low of €15 a metric ton and a high of €96. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of metric ton

1864, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Metric ton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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