short ton

noun

Definition of short ton 

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

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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 The Port Houston imported and exported 3.7 million short tons of steel in 2017, up 68 percent from the year before, when crude prices sank to a dozen-year low and hampered the oil industry's demand for steel products. Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle, "Trump's proposed steel tariffs could hammer Houston businesses, oil industry," 2 Mar. 2018 During the same period in 2017, China imported more than 1 million short tons of U.S. coal. Nicole Lewis, Washington Post, "Trump’s claim that West Virginia is ‘sending clean coal’ to ‘China’," 11 Dec. 2017 In 2012, coal exports peaked at 125.7 million short tons. Nicole Lewis, Washington Post, "Trump’s claim that West Virginia is ‘sending clean coal’ to ‘China’," 11 Dec. 2017 The September-delivery futures contract for the benchmark U.S. Midwest Domestic Hot-Rolled Coil Steel Index most recently traded at $620 per short ton on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Germany’s Klöckner Hopes for New Steel Tariffs in the U.S.," 10 July 2017 In 2008, the state produced nearly 158 million short tons of coal, and by 2016, that number had plummeted to 80 million, according to a report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Nicole Lewis, Washington Post, "President Trump’s claim that he ‘turned West Virginia around’ by cutting regulations on mining," 1 Nov. 2017 This is nearly double the lows of $364 per short ton, set in late 2015. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Germany’s Klöckner Hopes for New Steel Tariffs in the U.S.," 10 July 2017

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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