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ton

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noun \ˈtən\

Definition of ton

plural

tons

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ton

  1. 1a :  a unit of internal capacity for ships equal to 100 cubic feet —called also register tonb :  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 feetc :  a unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 cubic feet —called also measurement ton

  2. 2 :  any of various units of weight:a — see weight tableb :  metric ton

  3. 3 :  a great quantity :  lot <ate tons of cookies> <has tons of money> <a ton of work to do>

Origin and Etymology of ton

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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noun \ˈtōⁿ\

Definition of ton

  1. 1 :  the prevailing fashion :  vogue

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being smart or fashionable

Origin and Etymology of ton

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


First Known Use: 1756



TON Defined for Kids

ton

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noun \ˈtən\

Definition of ton for Students

  1. :  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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