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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ton a British unit of weight equivalent to 2240 pounds
    • n ton a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons
    • Ton tŏn pl. of Toe.
    • n Ton tŭn (Com) A measure of weight or quantity.☞ In England, the ton is 2,240 pounds. In the United States the ton is commonly estimated at 2,000 pounds, this being sometimes called the short ton, while that of 2,240 pounds is called the long ton.
    • n Ton tŭn (Zoöl) The common tunny, or horse mackerel.
    • n Ton tôn The prevailing fashion or mode; vogue; as, things of ton . "If our people of ton are selfish, at any rate they show they are selfish."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Belgium, 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced in a year
    • n ton A cask; hence, a measure of capacity used for wine. See tun, 1.
    • n ton A measure of capacity: used
    • n ton for timber. 40 feet of oak or ash timber, sometimes 48 or 50 feet of hewn
    • n ton for flour, 8 sacks or 10 barrels
    • n ton for potatoes, 10 to 36 bushels
    • n ton for wheat, 20 bushels
    • n ton for earth or gravel, 1 cubie yard, sometimes 23 cubic feet
    • n ton for grindstones, 15 cubic feet
    • n ton for Portland stone, 16 cubic feet
    • n ton for salt, 42 bushels
    • n ton for lime, 40 bushels
    • n ton for coke, 28 bushels
    • n ton for the carrying capacity of a ship, 40 cubic feet (this is what is called the actual tonnage: See tonnage).
    • n ton A measure of weight, equal to 20 hundred-weight or 2,240 pounds avoirdupois (the long ton), or in the United States to 2,000 pounds (the short ton).
    • n ton The prevailing mode; high fashion; style; air of fashion. See bon-ton.
    • ton See tone.
    • n ton A Middle English plural of toe.
    • n ton A form of -town, being the word town used in place-names, as Ashton, Hampton, Wolverton, Merton.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Eiffel Tower weight is approximately 9441 tons
    • n Ton tun a measure of capacity, varying with the substance measured—timber, wheat, gravel, lime, coke, &c
    • Ton in the carrying capacity of ships, 40 cubic feet: a measure of weight, equal to 20 cwt. or 2240 lb. avoirdupois
    • n Ton ton fashion, style
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  • Friedrich Engels
    Friedrich Engels
    “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons. [Quoted in Popular Mechanics 1950]”
  • Saki
    “A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanations.”
  • James A. Garfield
    James A. Garfield
    “A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.”
  • Vic Braden
    Vic Braden
    “Losers have tons of variety. Champions just take pride in learning to hit the same old boring winning shots.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tonne, tunne, a tun, AS. tunne, a tun, tub, a large vessel; akin to G. & F. tonne, a ton, tun, LL. tunna, a tun; all perhaps of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. tunna, a tun. Cf. Tun,Tunnel


In literature:

Before departing, the British fired over fifteen tons of lead and iron into the town.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The cost per ton of development, mining, concentration, management, is to this point say $4 per ton of original crude ore.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
Some practical authorities estimate the amount by calculating that every ton of straw should produce 4 tons of manure.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
The "Constitution" was a very fine ship of 1533 tons, which had already captured the "Guerriere.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The binding plates weigh together about 25 tons, and the foundation plates 90 tons.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
The Great Western also brought about 4000 tons, partly salmon, but the greater part mackerel from the south-west coast.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
This leaves about 90,000,000 tons for Germany's domestic use, as compared with a pre-war domestic use of 139,000,000 tons.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Think of growing two million tons of these beans per year!
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
They'll be bringin' down a couple of tons of fish, so they'll have plenty sled room so you can make it in one trip.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
The displacement of vessels of the 1914 type was 22,340 tons; that of the 1915 type 23,025 tons.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
The output of the Borinage coal field exceeds twenty million tons a year.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
A ton of high explosives was dropped.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The average yield of grapes to the acre for the region is about two tons.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Suppose I wanted thirty tons of hay between this and that.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
We only got a ton after all, when we should have liked a dozen or fourteen tons!
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
When brought down into the valleys they would have lifting power enough to carry tons up to the summits again.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
Our vessel was about five hundred men for a ton and only four men for a crew.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
In 1892 the frozen mutton exported was 25,500 tons, and this had increased in 1901 to 63,013 tons.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
The number of ships under construction or contract was 1,427, representing 8,573,108 dead-weight tons.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
It would also mean a weight exceeding 100 tons, for the 12-inch naval gun of 50 calibres weighs about 70 tons.
"The Romance of War Inventions" by Thomas W. Corbin

In poetry:

We trenched, we trumpeted and drummed,
And from our mortars tons of iron hummed
Ath'art the ditch, the month we bombed
The Town o' Valencieën.
"Valenciennes" by Thomas Hardy
A ship of several thousand tons,
And mounting seventy-something guns,
Ploughed, every year, the ocean blue,
Discovering kings and countries new.
"The Three Kings of Chickeraboo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But who s to know when his luck shall turn
And Fortune —at last —shall find him ?
—Find him standing outside the bank
With tons of money behind him.
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor
"The fattiste hartes in all Chyviat
We have kyld, and cast to carry them away:"
"Be my troth," sayd the doughete Dogglas agayn,
"Therefor the ton of us shall de this day."
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
But the fellow said, 'Nay, 'twere a big fiery dragon,
'Twere belchin' out fire as it run!'
And Uncle George said 'I could do with a dragon
With coal now at two quid a ton.'
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
Beneath the tree's umbrageous limb
A hungry fox sat smiling;
He saw the raven watching him,
And spoke in words beguiling:
"J'admire," said he, "ton beau plumage!"
(The which was simply persiflage.)
"The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Kohl's, Bon -Ton Report Increased Oct Sales.
And The Bon -Ton Stores Inc -- on Thursday reported October sales that beat analyst expectations.
The Bon -Ton Stores, Inc on Thursday announced its October sales.
The Bon -Ton Stores expects to release its financial results for the third quarter Nov 15.
Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade.
Bon -Ton names an e-commerce veteran as its next CEO.
Bon -Ton CEO Brendan Hoffman.
YORK, Pa.–Bud Bergren, president and CEO of Bon -Ton Stores, announced his plans to retire yesterday.
Bergren joined Bon -Ton in Nov 2003 as part of the company's acquisition of Elder-Beerman Stores Corp.
Chris Granger / The Times-Picayune Jambalaya at Bon Ton Cafe.
See Bon -Ton Stores in.
Bon -Ton Stores Inc said Thursday its fiscal third-quarter loss widened due to unseasonable weather and a faltering economic environment.
Man, I really need to work on my blog twice a week as they are tons of sports that I like to talk about.
Drinking and driving is never a good idea, but it is especially dumb when you are in a 50 ton bulldozer .
The men hauled nearly a ton of fish into our little boat.

In science:

ICARUS T600 is a large cryostat divided into two identical, independent, adjacent reservoirs (half–modules), containing more than 300 tons LAr each (see Fig. 2.4).
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
As the active Argon for one of these modules is 470 tons, the total mass amounts to 2.35 ktons.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Bennetti and others, A 3 ton liquid argon time projection chamber, Nucl.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Cennini and others, Performance of a 3-ton liquid argon time projection chamber, Nucl.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
While KamLAND has a total mass of 1 kton, Borexino is much smaller and comprises of about 300 ton of liquid scintillator.
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
The ICARUS detector [113] in Italy already consists of a 600 ton module and has shown the feasibility of this detector technology.
Effect of Collective Flavor Oscillations on the Diffuse Supernova Neutrino Background
Finally we will mention the current plan to construct a test facility consisting of a 200 ton Gd solution Cherenkov detector, a transparency measurement instrument and a water purification system.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
Actually, one more of the fourteen stars in this list of misclassified WDs is included in our sample: Ton S 155 appears in Edelmann (2003) as HE 0021–2326.
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
In order to suppress the background from 222Rn as the level of those from the PMTs, Rn concentration should be kept below 1.2 mBq/ton in liquid phase or 0.8 µBq/m3 in gas phase.
Of course, th is includes the Abe l ian HSP that we have previously stud ied . k × A×ℚ8 where A is an The non-abe l ian Dedekind groups are ca l led Hami l ton ian and they are o f the form G = ℤ2 abe l ian group w i th a l l e lements o f odd order.
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
All volumes were simulated in aluminum with a thickness of 4 cm, so that the total mass of the spacecraft is ≈8 tons.
A method to localize gamma-ray bursts using POLAR
DARWIN is an R&D and design study for a multi-ton scale LAr and LXe dark matter search facility, with the goal of probing the cross section region below 10−47 cm2, or to provide a high-statistics measurement of WIMP interactions in case of a positive detection by one of the aforementioned experiments.
DARWIN: dark matter WIMP search with noble liquids
With a nuclear recoil energy threshold of 30 keV, a WIMPnucleon cross section of 10−8 pb would yield 1 event per day and per ton of LAr.
Search for WIMPs in liquid argon
The near detector will be about 200 tons, while the far detector will be about 14 kton.
Data Quality and Performance of the NOvA Prototype Detector
At 209 tons, it is approximately the size of the future near detector and is functionally-identical.
Data Quality and Performance of the NOvA Prototype Detector