\ ˈtən How to pronounce tun (audio) \

Definition of tun

1 : a large cask especially for wine
2 : any of various units of liquid capacity especially : one equal to 252 gallons

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Examples of tun in a Sentence

in olden days an English ship's capacity was measured by the number of tuns of wine it could hold

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Photo: soe zeya tun/Reuters Some local residents cite stories of spirits living inside the massive Tham Luang cave system, with its estimated six miles of winding tunnels. Warangkana Chomchuen, WSJ, "Thai Boys Moved From Dark to Light, Physically and Mentally, After Being Trapped in Cave," 18 July 2018 Photo: soe zeya tun/Reuters Air tanks are delivered to the site for divers to use in the rescue mission. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 The milled grains go into a mash tun, where starches are converted to simple sugars. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Backed by his boss, John Howie, sommelier/master distiller Erik Liedholm pours his heart and talent into award-winning liquors," 20 June 2018 Kingery doubled in another tun in the fifth and already has six doubles. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies beat Rays for fifth straight win behind J.P. Crawford, Jake Arrieta," 14 Apr. 2018 Stephen Lyons welds a leg onto at later tun inside the new Southern Tier and Victory brewery in South End. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "‘Beer’s the hero.’ One of the biggest breweries in Charlotte is set to open soon. | Charlotte Observer," 13 Mar. 2018 Steam heats the cooking tun, which creates an even boil. John Perritano, Popular Mechanics, "How the Founding Fathers Made Their Beer," 25 June 2013 Forks clank down, sleeves roll up, and diners file into the abutting bodega to fill their glasses with cool, foamy sagardo straight from the 5,000-gallon tun. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Cider Trail in Spain's Basque Country," 16 Feb. 2018 The brewer then soaks the grist in a vat of hot water called the mash tun, which converts the starch into sugar. John Perritano, Popular Mechanics, "How the Founding Fathers Made Their Beer," 25 June 2013

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First Known Use of tun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tun

Middle English tonne, tunne, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English, from Medieval Latin tunna; Anglo-French tone, tonne, from Medieval Latin

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