|1.||(Brit) Also called: long ton a unit of weight equal to 2240 pounds or 1016.046909 kilograms|
|2.||(US) short ton, Also called: net ton a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds or 907.184 kilograms|
|3.||metric ton, Also called: tonne a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms|
|4.||Also called: freight ton a unit of volume or weight used for charging or measuring freight in shipping. It depends on the type of material being shipped but is often taken as 40 cubic feet, 1 cubic metre, or 1000 kilograms: freight is charged at £40 per ton of 1 cubic metre|
|5.||measurement ton, Also called: shipping ton a unit of volume used in shipping freight, equal to 40 cubic feet, irrespective of the commodity shipped|
|6.||Also called: displacement ton a unit used for measuring the displacement of a ship, equal to 35 cubic feet of sea water or 2240 pounds|
|7.||Also called: register ton a unit of internal capacity of ships equal to 100 cubic feet|
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|ton (tŭn) Pronunciation Key
threshold odor number
see like a ton of bricks.
unit of weight in the avoirdupois system equal to 2,000 pounds (907.18 kg) in the United States (the short ton) and 2,240 pounds (1,016.05 kg) in Britain (the long ton). The metric ton used in most other countries is 1,000 kg, equivalent to 2,204.6 pounds avoirdupois. The term derives from tun, denoting a large barrel used in the wine trade and named from the French tonnerre, or "thunder," in turn named for the rumbling it produced when rolled. Ton came to mean any large weight, until it was standardized at 20 hundredweight although the total weight could be 2,000, 2,160, 2,240, or 2,400 pounds (from 907.18 to 1088.62 kg) depending on whether the corresponding hundredweight contained 100, 108, 112, or 120 pounds
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