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[tuhn] /tʌn/
a unit of weight, equivalent to 2000 pounds (0.907 metric ton) avoirdupois (short ton) in the U.S. and 2240 pounds (1.016 metric tons) avoirdupois (long ton) in Great Britain.
Also called freight ton. a unit of volume for freight that weighs one ton, varying with the type of freight measured, as 40 cubic feet of oak timber or 20 bushels of wheat.
a unit of volume used in transportation by sea, commonly equal to 40 cubic feet (1.13 cu. m) (shipping ton or measurement ton)
a unit of internal capacity of ships, equal to 100 cubic feet (2.83 cu. m) (register ton)
Often, tons. Informal. a great quantity; a lot:
a ton of jokes; tons of wedding presents.
British Informal. a speed of 100 miles per hour.
Origin of ton1
1350-1400; Middle English; variant of tun


[French tawn] /French tɔ̃/
noun, plural tons
[French tawn] /French tɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
high fashion; stylishness.
the current fashion, style, or vogue.
1755-65; < French < Latin tonus tone
Related forms
tonish, tonnish
[ton-ish] /ˈtɒn ɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
tonishly, tonnishly, adverb
tonishness, tonnishness, noun


a suffix formerly used to form nouns from adjectives:
simpleton; singleton.
variant of dial. tone one (see tother) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ton
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  • A ton on some other planet, where the attraction of gravity is less, does not weigh half a ton.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • "This confounded blunderbuss must weigh a ton, I think," Loubet went on.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • We only got a ton after all, when we should have liked a dozen or fourteen tons!

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Tell Gubby I think of him as much as when I weighed half a ton.

  • We'll get more ounces to the ton out of our crushings than they ever heard of on the Rand, too.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for ton


(Brit) Also called long ton. a unit of weight equal to 2240 pounds or 1016.046909 kilograms
(US) Also called short ton, net ton. a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds or 907.184 kilograms
Also called metric ton, tonne. a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms
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
Also called measurement ton, shipping ton. a unit of volume used in shipping freight, equal to 40 cubic feet, irrespective of the commodity shipped
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
Also called register ton. a unit of internal capacity of ships equal to 100 cubic feet
See also tons
Word Origin
C14: variant of tun


style, fashion, or distinction
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin tonustone


(slang, mainly Brit) a score or achievement of a hundred, esp a hundred miles per hour, as on a motorcycle
Word Origin
C20: special use of ton1 applied to quantities of one hundred
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Word Origin and History for ton

late 14c., tonne, unit for measuring the carrying capacity of a ship, originally "space occupied by a tun or cask of wine," thus identical to tun (q.v.). The two words were not differentiated until 1680s. The measure of weight is first recorded late 15c.; the spelling ton is from 1530s, and became firmly established 18c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ton in Science
  1. A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Also called short ton. See Table at measurement.

  2. A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,240 pounds (1,008 kilograms). Also called long ton. See Table at measurement.

  3. See metric ton.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ton



  1. A large extent, amount, or number: I have a ton of work
  2. A speed of 100 miles an hour; a high speed (1954+ Teenagers & car racing)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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