tonnage

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noun ton·nage \ˈtə-nij\

Definition of tonnage

  1. 1 :  a duty formerly levied on every tun of wine imported into England

  2. 2a :  a duty or impost on vessels based on cargo capacityb :  a duty on goods per ton transported

  3. 3 :  ships in terms of the total number of tons registered or carried or of their carrying capacity

  4. 4a :  the cubical content of a merchant ship in units of 100 cubic feetb :  the displacement of a warship

  5. 5a :  total weight in tons shipped, carried, or producedb :  impressively large amount or weight

Origin and Etymology of tonnage

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tonne tun; in other senses, from 1ton — more at tunnel


First Known Use: 15th century


TONNAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun ton·nage \ˈtə-nij\

Definition of tonnage for English Language Learners

  • : the size of a ship or the total weight that it carries in tons

  • : the total weight or amount of something in tons


TONNAGE Defined for Kids

tonnage

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noun ton·nage \ˈtə-nij\

Definition of tonnage for Students

  1. 1 :  ships in terms of the total number of tons that are or can be carried

  2. 2 :  total weight in tons shipped, carried, or mined


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