ton

2
[French tawn]

Origin of ton

2
1755–65; < French < Latin tonus tone
Related formston·ish, ton·nish [ton-ish] /ˈtɒn ɪʃ/, adjectiveton·ish·ly, ton·nish·ly, adverbton·ish·ness, ton·nish·ness, noun
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ton

1
noun
  1. Also called: long ton British a unit of weight equal to 2240 pounds or 1016.046909 kilograms
  2. Also called: short ton, net ton US a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds or 907.184 kilograms
  3. Also called: metric ton, 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 kilogramsfreight is charged at £40 per ton of 1 cubic metre
  5. Also called: measurement ton, 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
See also tons

Word Origin for ton

C14: variant of tun

ton

2
noun
  1. style, fashion, or distinction

Word Origin for ton

C18: from French, from Latin tonus tone

ton

3
noun
  1. 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 tonish

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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tonish in Science

ton

[tŭn]
  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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Idioms and Phrases with tonish

ton

see like a ton of bricks.

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