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metric ton


a unit of 1000 kilograms, equivalent to 2204.62 avoirdupois pounds.


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Nearby words

metric hundredweight, metric madness, metric martyr, metric space, metric system, metric ton, metric topology, metrical, metrical mile, metrical psalm, metrically

Origin of metric ton

First recorded in 1920–25
Also called tonne. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for metric ton

metric ton


another name (not in technical use) for tonne
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Science definitions for metric ton

metric ton

A unit of mass or weight in the metric system equal to 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds). See Table at measurement.
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