pl. 1. pl. of Toe.
n. 1. (Zool.) The common tunny, or horse mackerel.
1. The prevailing fashion or mode; vogue; as, things of ton.
If our people of ton are selfish, at any rate they show they are
See in the Vocabulary.
1. (Com.) A measure of weight or quantity.
2. The weight of twenty hundredweight.
3. (Naut. & Com.) Forty cubic feet of space, being the unit
of measurement of the burden, or carrying capacity, of a vessel;
as a vessel of 300 tons burden.
4. (Naut. & Com.) A certain weight or quantity of merchandise,
with reference to transportation as freight; as, six hundred weight
of ship bread in casks, seven hundred weight in bags, eight hundred
weight in bulk; ten bushels of potatoes; eight sacks, or ten barrels,
of flour; forty cubic feet of rough, or fifty cubic feet of hewn,
Noun 1. ton - a United States unit of weight
equivalent to 2000 pounds
Synonyms: net ton, short ton
2. ton - a British unit of weight equivalent to 2240 pounds
Synonyms: gross ton, long ton
TON. Twenty hundred weight, each hundred weight being one hundred
and twelve pounds avoirdupois. See act of congress of Aug. 30, 1842,
c. 270, s. 20.
For ton as a unit of volume see Ton (volume)
There are three similar units of mass called the ton or tonne:
tonne (SI) or
metric ton = 1000 kg (2204 lb). The official symbol is t, but mT
and T are also used.
short ton (or simply ton in casual use in the USA) = 907.185 kg
long ton (or weight ton) = 1016.047 kg (2240 lb), was commonly used
in the UK (before it adopted the 1000 kg tonne) and for petroleum
The word ton or tonne is derived from the Old English tunne, and
ultimately from the Old French tonne, and referred originally to
a large cask with a capacity of 252 gallons, which holds approximately
2016 pounds of water. Such a barrel is still called a tun in British
English, but this usage is dying out.
Ton is also
used informally to mean a large amount of something.
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