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Meaning of “ton” in the English Dictionary

"ton" in British English

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tonnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʌn/ (plural tons or ton)
  • ton noun [C] (WEIGHT)

B2 a ​unit of ​weightequal to 1,000 ​kilograms B2 (also long ton) a ​unit of ​weightequal to 1,016 ​kilogramsB2 (also short ton) a ​unit of ​weightequal to 907 ​kilogramstons B2 [plural] informal an ​extremelylargeamount: We have tons offoodleft over from the ​party.

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  • ton noun [C] (MONEY)

[S] UK informal £100: It'll ​cost you a ton or more.
(Definition of ton from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ton" in American English

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tonnoun [C]

 us   /tʌn/
a ​unit of ​measurement of ​weightequal to 2000 ​pounds or about 907 ​kilograms infmlA ton or tons of something is a very ​largeamount: I’ve got a ton of ​homework to do ​tonight.
(Definition of ton from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ton" in Business English

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tonnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʌn/ MEASURES
a ​unit for ​measuringweight. In the UK a ton is ​equal to 1,016 ​kilograms or 2,240 ​pounds. In the US a ton is ​equal to 907.18 ​kilograms or 2,000 ​pounds. A ​metric ton is ​equal to 1000 ​kilograms or 2,205 ​pounds: The ​factoryproduced 14,000 tons of soap a week. The door weighed 3 tons. They had a ​fleet of ten-ton ​trucks.
a ​unit for ​measuring the ​size of ​ships. A ton is ​equal to 100 cubicfeet: The river can receive ​vessels of up to 600 tons.
tons of informal a lot of: We've had tons of ​replies to our ​advertisement.
(Definition of ton from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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