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ton

noun \ ˈtən \

Definition of ton

plural tons also ton
1 :any of various units of weight:
2 :a great quantity :lot
  • ate tons of cookies
  • has tons of money
  • a ton of work to do
3 a :a unit of internal capacity for ships equal to 100 cubic feet called also register ton
b :a unit approximately equal to the volume of a long ton weight of seawater used in reckoning the displacement of ships and equal to 35 cubic feet
c :a unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 cubic feet called also measurement ton

Origin and Etymology of ton

Middle English tunne unit of weight or capacity — more at tun

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ton

noun \ ˈtōⁿ \

Definition of ton

1 :the prevailing fashion :vogue
2 :the quality or state of being smart or fashionable

Origin and Etymology of ton

French, literally, tone, from Old French, from Latin tonus



TON Defined for Kids

ton

noun \ ˈtən \

Definition of ton for Students

:a measure of weight equal either to 2000 pounds (about 907 kilograms) ( short ton ) or 2240 pounds (about 1016 kilograms) ( long ton ) with the short ton being more frequently used in the United States and Canada


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