## ton

ton1 / tən/ (abbr.: t also tn) • n. 1. (also short ton) a unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds avoirdupois (907.19 kg). ∎  (also long ton) a unit of weight equal to 2,240 pounds avoirdupois (1016.05 kg). ∎ short for metric ton. ∎  (also displacement ton) a unit of measurement of a ship's weight representing the weight of water it displaces, equal to 2,240 pounds or 35 cubic feet (0.99 cu m). ∎  (also freight ton) a unit of weight or volume of sea cargo, equal to a metric ton (1,000kg) or 40 cubic feet. ∎  (also gross ton) a unit of gross internal capacity, equal to 100 cubic feet (2.83 cu m). ∎  (also net or register ton) an equivalent unit of net internal capacity. ∎  a unit of refrigerating power able to freeze 2,000 pounds of water at 0°C in 24 hours. ∎  a measure of capacity for various materials, esp. 40 cubic feet of timber. 2. (usu. a ton of/tons of) inf. a large number or amount: all of a sudden I had tons of friends that bag of yours weighs a ton. PHRASES: like a ton of brickssee brick. ton2 / n/ • n. fashionable style or distinction. ∎  (the ton) [treated as sing. or pl.] fashionable society.

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## ton

ton1 unit used in measuring the carrying capacity of a ship, orig. space occupied by a tun of wine XIV; measure of capacity for solid commodities XV; 20 cwt. Identical in origin with TUN, of which it is a differentiated var. established in these senses since late XVII.

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# Ton

a very large amount; a measure of weight (2240 Ib. in the United Kingdom, 2000 Ib. in the United States); also used in the plural, e.g. tons of something; people of fashion, collectively, e.g. the ton, 1815.

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## ton

ton (Fr.). Pitch, key, mode, tone, crook, sound, note; e.g. donner le ton, to give the pitch; ton de cor, horn crook.

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## Ton

Ton (Ger.). Pitch, key, mode, note, sound, mus., e.g. Tonfarbe, tone-colour; Tonkunst, tonal art (i.e. mus.), Tondichtung, tone-poem.

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## ton

ton2 the vogue, the mode. XVIII. — F. :- L. tonus TONE.

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## ton

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## ton

tonaide-de-camp, aides-de-camp, anon, Asunción, au courant, begone, Bonn, bon vivant, Caen, Canton, Carcassonne, Ceylon, chaconne, chateaubriand, ci-devant, Colón, colon, Concepción, con (US conn), cretonne, don, Duchamp, Evonne, foregone, fromage blanc, Gabon, Garonne, gone, guenon, hereupon, Inchon, Jean, john, Jon, Le Mans, León, Luzon, Mont Blanc, Narbonne, odds-on, on, outgone, outshone, Perón, phon, piñon, Pinot Blanc, plafond, Ramón, Saigon, Saint-Saëns, Sand, Schwann, scone, shone, side-on, sine qua non, Sorbonne, spot-on, swan, thereon, thereupon, ton, Toulon, undergone, upon, Villon, wan, whereon, whereupon, won, wonton, yon, Yvonne •crayon, rayon •Leon, Lyons, neon, prion •Ceredigion • Mabinogion • nucleon •Amiens • dupion • parathion •Laocoon •gluon, Rouen •bon-bon • Audubon •begun, bun, done, Donne, dun, fine-spun, forerun, fun, gun, Gunn, hon, Hun, none, nun, one, one-to-one, outdone, outgun, outrun, pun, run, shun, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, tun, underdone, Verdun, won •honeybun • handgun • flashgun •air gun • sixgun • popgun • shotgun •blowgun, shogun •speargun • scattergun • homespun •endrun • sheep run • grandson •stepson • godson • kiloton • megaton •anyone • everyone • someone

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## TON

TON total organic nitrogen (in chemical analysis)