Definitions of ton

  1. a British unit of weight equivalent to 2240 pounds
  2. a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds
  3. pl. of Toe.
  4. The common tunny, or house mackerel.
  5. The prevailing fashion or mode; vogue; as, things of ton.
  6. A measure of weight or quantity.
  7. The weight of twenty hundredweight.
  8. 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.
  9. 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, timber, etc.
  10. A measure of weight, usually twenty hundredweight; the weight of 2, 240 pounds, used in Great Britain, commonly called a long ton; the weight of 2, 000 pounds, used in America, often called a short ton; a unit of measurement for cargo space in ships, equal to one hundred cubic feet; as, a ship of 6, 000 tons burden.
  11. A barrel, hence a barrel- full: 20 cwt. or 2240 lbs. avoir.
  12. The prevailing fashion.
  13. Weight of 2240, or 2000, pounds avoirdupois; 40 cubic feet.
  14. A measure of weight, either 2, 000 pounds ( a short ton), or 2, 240 pounds ( a long ton).
  15. A measure of 40 to 100 cubic feet. See TONNAGE.
  16. Tone; style; votaries of fashion.
  17. A weight of 20 cwts. or 2, 240 lbs.; in ships, 40 cubic feet. See Tun.
  18. The prevailing fashion; the fashion.
  19. A weight of 20 cwt.; in ship- measuring, 40 cubic feet, by which the burden of a ship is estimated.
  20. The prevailing fashion; high mode.

Usage examples for ton

  1. In some cases nearly a ton had been carried for a short distance." – The Mastery of the Air by William J. Claxton
  2. It reminded me of the mauvais ton in Gogol's " Revisor", do you remember? – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  3. There was Klem, moaning about a good year for melons as though it were a plague, and you selling arms and ammunition by the ton – Graveyard of Dreams by Henry Beam Piper
  4. " We use a ton of hay daily, after the pasture season is over," remarked our guide. – Driven Back to Eden by E. P. Roe
  5. The chief effect was to make Rip feel as though a ton of invisible feathers were crushing him against the vertical brace. – Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet by Harold Leland Goodwin
  6. O, a trouble is a ton or a trouble is an ounce, Or a trouble is what you make it, And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts, But only- how did you take it? – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  7. I first thought the 'Bon Ton Eating House' would be kind of a nice name for it, but as soon as he said the 'United States Grill' I knew it was a better one. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  8. But here, as in dealing with evils that originate with human beings, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. – Civics and Health by William H. Allen
  9. The air which is within that box weighs one pound- a full pound; and I have calculated the weight of the air in this room,- you would hardly imagine it, but it is above a ton – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  10. I feel like I weigh a ton but it's good to be back! – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  11. This is true even when the force leaves the body as it found it, in a state of absolute rest; as when we attempt to raise a body of three tons weight with a force equal to one ton – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  12. " Well, Doctor," replied Mr. Flam, " I must say that I think an ounce of morality will go further toward making up my accounts than a ton of religion, for which no one but myself would be the better." – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  13. After seven months' encamping, in which the family lived chiefly on rice- the only cheap food, of which we bought a ton we came with our herd to West terrace, Adelaide. – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  14. A ninety- ton boat is a tiny craft in which to make the voyage across the Atlantic. – Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North by Fullerton Waldo
  15. I feel as if a ton weight were off my mind. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  16. While he sat there still wondering how many bushels of seed made a ton Paul Alexis came into the room. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  17. Relieved of a half- ton of our weight, our sloop forged ahead three or four lengths, and then brought up again. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  18. Two trips with it, in two hours, would see him and his ton across. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  19. I have known an' odd un or two, here, that could break four ton a day,- an' many that couldn't break one,- but then, yo' know, th' men can only do accordin' to their ability. – Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine by Edwin Waugh
  20. She felt as if each foot weighed a ton and that she was an hour travelling the short space. – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston