- An example of a ton is the possible weight of a female walrus.
- An example of a ton is getting 20 chapters read when you usually only get 10 read in the same period of time.
The definition of a ton is a unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds in the United States, Canada, South Africa and other countries and equal to 2,240 pounds in Great Britain, or is slang for a large amount.
- a unit of weight, equal to 2,000 pounds avoirdupois (907.1847 kilograms or 0.90718 metric ton or 0.8929 long ton), commonly used in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, etc.in full short ton
- a unit of weight, equal to 2,240 pounds avoirdupois (1,016.0469 kilograms or 1.016 metric tons or 1.12 short tons), commonly used in Great Britainin full long ton
- metric ton
- a unit of internal capacity of ships, equal to 100 cubic feet (or 2.8317 cubic meters)in full register ton
- a unit of carrying capacity of ships, usually equal to 40 cubic feetalso called measurement ton or freight ton
- a unit for measuring displacement of ships, equal to 35 cubic feet: it is approximately equal to the volume of a long ton of sea waterin full displacement ton
Origin of tonso named from being equal to the amount of heat needed to freeze one ton of water in 24 hours a unit of cooling capacity of an air conditioner, equal to 12,000 Btu per hour
- Informal a very large amount or number
Origin of tonvariant, variety (differentiated in 17th circa for senses “weight, measure”) of tun
Origin of tonFr: see tone
- A unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds (0.907 metric ton or 907.18 kilograms). Also called net ton, short ton.
- A unit of weight equal to 2,240 pounds (1.016 metric tons or 1,016.05 kilograms). Also called long ton.
- A metric ton. See Table at measurement.
- A unit of capacity for cargo in maritime shipping, normally estimated at 40 cubic feet.
- A unit of internal capacity of a ship equal to 100 cubic feet.
- A unit for measuring the displacement of ships, equal to 35 cubic feet, and supposed to equal the volume taken by a long ton of seawater.
- often tons Informal a. A large extent, amount, or number: has a ton of work; gets tons of fan mail.b. Used adverbially with a or in the plural to mean “to a great degree or extent” or “frequently”: felt a ton better; has seen her tons lately.
Origin of tonMiddle English tonne, a measure of weight; see tun.