- 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.
- metric ton.
- displacement ton.
- 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
- high fashion; stylishness.
- the current fashion, style, or vogue.
Origin of ton2
Examples from the Web for tons
Those raised for their meat (200 million tons of it a year) can barely walk because their breasts have been so enlarged.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
Or that tons of enemy countries are stockpiling Ebola in secret labs?The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
Following a flawless journey from Cape Canaveral in Florida, it delivered more than two tons of much-needed supplies.Tycoons in Space: One in Orbit and One Still Grounded
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Found in tons of foods, these zero-calorie sugar substitutes have taken the U.S. market by storm.Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
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The joint operation by the British and American air forces flew in more than 4,000 tons of supplies every day.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
Now, only 15,000 tons are made per annum by Leblanc's process.
Of acid it would take 60 times the weight of the gas, or nearly 76 tons.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
One of 'em weighed twenty-one tons, and none on 'em weighed less'n five.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
These were schooners, salt droggers, of about sixty or eighty tons.
She was of about two hundred tons burthen, but must have-been old and rotten.
- a large amount or number:tons of money; I have tons of shoes
- (intensifier)I looked and felt tons better
- Also called: long ton British a unit of weight equal to 2240 pounds or 1016.046909 kilograms
- Also called: short ton, net ton US 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 kilogramsfreight 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
- style, fashion, or distinction
- slang, mainly British a score or achievement of a hundred, esp a hundred miles per hour, as on a motorcycle
Word Origin and History for tons
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.
Idioms and Phrases with tons
see like a ton of bricks.