short ton


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

Examples of short ton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 50,000 short tons of steel and concrete fell into the river. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2024 Annual coal exports from the Port of Baltimore have typically hovered around 20 million short tons over the past five years, with a notable exception occurring in 2020 due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 In a news release, Warrior Met revised its overall outlook and financial targets for 2023, saying incremental production and sales volume will be approximately 500,000 short tons, primarily occurring in the second half of 2023. William Thornton |, al, 16 June 2023 The cocaine packages, buoyed by flotation devices, weighed 3.2 metric tons (3.5 short tons) and were valued at more than half a billion New Zealand dollars (about $318 million). Jessie Yeung, CNN, 15 June 2023 Central Appalachian coal has been trading at $88.80 a short ton, down 57% from the record $205.55 at the start of the year. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2023 Cash prices in central Appalachia have climbed 40% in 2022—and more than doubled over the past year—to $129.65 a short ton last week, the highest price on record. WSJ, 3 June 2022 Soymeal futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade hit their highest level since June 2014 early this year, topping out at an intraday high of $474.10 per short ton on Jan. 12. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2021 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, 10 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short ton was in 1881

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“Short ton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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short ton

: a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds see measure

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