short ton

noun

Definition of short ton

: a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds — see Weights and Measures Table

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Recent Examples on the Web Last year domestic coal consumption fell to 687 million short tons, the lowest level since 1978, according to data released Monday by the Department of Energy. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Coal consumption continues to drop, despite Trump's efforts," 10 June 2019 The US Department of Agriculture estimates that in 2015, US farmers used 22 million short tons of fertilizer for plant production, or around 44 billion pounds (nearly 20 billion kilograms). David Mckenzie, CNN, "Put down that veggie burger. These farmers say their cows can solve the climate crisis," 6 Mar. 2020 The development will be a single longwall mine and is expected to have the capacity to produce an average of 4.3 million short tons per year of premium High-Vol A met coal over the first ten years of production. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "New Alabama mammoth mine project long in the making," 1 Mar. 2020 The power sector accounts for more than 80 percent of domestic coal production, which fell to less than 760 million short tons last year. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Coal consumption continues to drop, despite Trump's efforts," 10 June 2019 The nation exported about 116 million short tons of coal in 2018, the highest level since 2013. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Coal production goes mostly to electricity generation," 11 June 2019 That's according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy, which on Monday said coal usage fell to 687 million short tons, its lowest since 1978. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Trump says "coal is back," but use of the rock at a 41-year low," 11 June 2019 In the first quarter of 2017, the price of metallurgical coal exports was $153 per short ton, up from $76 in the third quarter of 2016. Nicole Lewis, Washington Post, "Fact-checking the Trump administration’s claims on ‘saving’ coal country," 16 Jan. 2018 In the first quarter of 2017, the price of metallurgical coal exports was $153 per short ton, up from $76 in the third quarter of 2016. Nicole Lewis, Washington Post, "Fact-checking the Trump administration’s claims on ‘saving’ coal country," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of short ton

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Short ton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20ton. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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