long ton


noun

See under ton1(def 1). Abbreviation: L.T.

Nearby words

  1. long tail,
  2. long thoracic nerve,
  3. long time no see,
  4. long tin,
  5. long tom,
  6. long topgallant mast,
  7. long underwear,
  8. long vacation,
  9. long view,
  10. long walls

Origin of long ton

First recorded in 1820–30

ton

1
[ tuhn ]
/ tʌn /

noun

Origin of ton

1
1350–1400; Middle English; variant of tun

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British Dictionary definitions for long ton

long ton

noun

the full name for ton 1 (def. 1)

ton

1
/ (tʌn) /

noun

See also tons

Word Origin for ton

C14: variant of tun

ton

2
/ French (tɔ̃) /

noun

style, fashion, or distinction

Word Origin for ton

C18: from French, from Latin tonus tone

ton

3
/ (tʌn) /

noun

slang, mainly British a score or achievement of a hundred, esp a hundred miles per hour, as on a motorcycle

Word Origin for ton

C20: special use of ton 1 applied to quantities of one hundred

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Word Origin and History for long ton

ton

n.

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.

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Science definitions for long ton

long ton

See ton.

ton

[ tŭn ]

A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). Also called short ton See Table at measurement.
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.
See metric ton.
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Idioms and Phrases with long ton

ton

see like a ton of bricks.

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