Adjective "Tons" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A unit of weight equal to 2,240 lb avoirdupois (1016.05 kg).
  1. 'Over a ton of weight was then lifted gingerly out of the soil by a crane.'
  2. 'He estimated that he needed between 20,000 tons and 30,000 tons of supplies each month.'
  3. 'Couriers ride the trikes with attached trailers, the strongest of which can take a quarter of a ton in weight, from our Walmgate offices with the latest copies of the newspaper and ferry them to various destinations.'
  4. 'But we needed to push it, to bump-start it, which was easier said than done, with over a ton in weight to push, on a muddy field.'
  5. 'The cast weighed four tons and measured 16 feet.'
  6. 'The fruit was too hard to be pressed in a wine press and a circular stone mill was used, comprising a mill stone of about a ton in weight which stood upright in a trough and was pulled round by a pony.'
  7. 'The feats achieved in this film make spectacular viewing, with tiny lorries hauling sacks of cement totalling several tons in weight as they climb fantastic Scottish mountain tracks.'
  8. 'Altogether, though, with the palisades which were 23 feet in length and supported by marble columns at each end, the weight was 40 tons.'
  9. 'The 60 metre steel towers, which were manufactured in Denmark, were delivered in three sections and have a total weight of 90 tons.'
  10. 'It was nine feet long, almost a ton in weight and crammed with hi-tech equipment used to probe the ocean floor.'
  11. 'In all, 2000 tons (1.8 million kilograms) of concrete went into the building.'
  12. 'U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Army aircraft delivered several million gallons of fuel and short tons of supplies to support the operations.'
  13. 'In the operation, 35,000 short tons of munitions were moved, but only 6,000 short tons were actually expended.'
  14. 'Between 1902 and 1906, the Pacific Coast Borax Company's total sales in the United States rose from 10,500 to 12,500 short tons.'
  15. 'It can travel at speeds of up to 40 knots, transport 1,000 short tons of equipment and more than 350 combat soldiers.'
  16. 'The expansion will increase copper production to 300,000 short tons per year from 100,000 tons currently.'
  17. 'At any given time, there are 2,500 vehicles on the road somewhere in theater, moving about 3.2 million short tons of materiel.'
  18. 'Calico's annual output was accordingly very small through 1888, probably not exceeding 250 short tons, or 500,000 pounds, valued at no more than $33,500.'
  19. 'Units exported or imported were reported only in pounds, gallons, bales, bushels, short tons, dozens, bags, crates and bunches, etc., depending on the commodity.'
  20. 'The wing was lifted into place by a specially made crane from Valencia, which has a capacity of 2,400 tons (two million kilograms).'
  21. 'The four ships will replace the smaller LSLs of the Sir Galahad and Sir Bedivere classes, which displace between 6,700 tons and 8,585 tons fully loaded.'
  22. 'St Albans weighs in with a displacement of 4,200 tons when she is fully loaded, and has a ship's company of around 180.'
  23. 'A general cargo of 800 tons, including a large consignment of sulphate of ammonia, has arrived at Sligo Quays from Liverpool.'
  24. 'The new ship would use a combination of helium and hydrogen in 17 separate gas cells to give it enough lifting power to accommodate hundreds of passengers or up to 80 tons of cargo.'
  25. 'She was of 136 tonnes gross and just under 100 feet long and she could carry about 250 tons of cargo.'
  26. 'There are 17,000 tons of cargo in the Chilean port of Arica that cannot be transported because the railroad between Arica and La Paz has been paralyzed.'
  27. 'Obviously the consequence of an increasing number of voyages combined with rudimentary measuring systems was the frequent loss of ships, men, and tons of cargo.'
  28. 'The cargo of 2500 tons of wheat is still on board, but the priority is getting the fuel off.'
  29. 'It left Sharpness, South Wales on 10 October 1944 on a journey to Liverpool with a cargo of 350 tons of barley and never turned up.'
  30. 'According to the initial investigation, the ship was capable of carrying about a thousand tons of cargo.'
  31. 'Shanghai port handled a record 220 million tons of cargo in 2001, up 10 per cent over 2000.'
  32. 'Between them, the four vessels took in cargo totalling approximately 2,340 tons.'
A unit of gross internal capacity, equal to 100 cu. ft (2.83 cubic metres).
  1. 'The Arctic Sunrise is a medium-sized vessel, weighing 949 gross tons.'
  2. 'They also welded together 5,200 merchant ships totalling 39 million gross tons.'
  3. 'Eventually, when lifted into place and welded, they will form a ship of 1,132 feet and approximately 150,000 gross register tons.'
  4. 'Upon entering service, the QM2 becomes the largest and longest passenger ship in the world at 150,000 gross register tons (8,000 more than the Voyager of the Seas) and 1,132 feet from stem to stern (exceeding the Norway by 97 feet).'
  5. 'U.S. citizenship is still required for an owner to document a vessel and the vessel must be at least five net tons.'
  6. 'In this era of large cruise lines and huge new ships, a small company's acquisition of a third vessel - under 20,000 gross register tons and slightly used - might pass unnoticed.'
  7. 'According to the committee, the annual growth rate, measured in 'net ton kilometers' of bulk commodities transported by railways, has declined from 5.33 per cent between 1984 and 1991 to 1.86 per cent between 1991 and 1999.'
  8. 'Sources in the industry say that about 2,000 tons of timber leave Mayo and the North West every week for the south eastern processing industry.'
  9. 'In 1772 one of the side branches was thrown down in a violent gale and, on being measured, was found to contain about five tons of timber.'
A large number or amount.
  1. 'So rest assured that you made a ton of friends even before you walked in the door.'
  2. 'I lived in this small town in Alaska with a ton of friends, and everything seemed perfect.'
  3. 'Our newsletters also pack a ton of useful information into a small amount of space, if I may say so.'
  4. 'She knows just about everything that's going on around the school, she has a ton of friends, and she's a freshman dating a senior!'
  5. 'He has a bunch of books and a ton of websites and a seemingly huge and devoted following.'
  6. 'In the long run they did publish the book and made a ton of money.'
  7. 'My friend brought along a ton of gymnastic books and magazines.'
  8. 'He sold a ton of books and videos based on his fearmongering statements that the lights would turn out at midnight on January 1st, 2000.'
  9. 'I'm so proud of her because she's made a ton of friends.'
  10. 'The store sells a ton of books and, just as important, serves as a focus and catalyst for a community of passionate readers.'
A hundred, in particular a speed of 100 mph, a score of 100 or more, or a sum of £100.
  1. 'Thirsk's opener, Simon Barton, hit his second ton in three weeks when he made exactly 100 against Sessay.'
  2. 'We put the fish on a stringer after determining that it was just short of the ton at 96 lb.'
  3. 'James failed by just three runs to hit his second successive ton when he fell for 97 at Cawood.'
  4. 'Greg McMillan, Alex Richards and Simon Ecclestone scored half centuries, with McMillan missing out on a ton by just eight runs.'
  5. 'Ricky Ponting, who gets up and scores centuries these days with the nonchalance of a man having a shave, was facing the press after his third ton in three Tests.'
  6. 'Gavaskar took 125 Tests to record his 34 centuries while it took Sachin 112 Tests to score his 33rd ton.'
  7. 'Later that summer I scored my first ton for my club side.'
  8. 'Smith then shared mini-partnerships with Heaton and Hotham before reaching his third ton of his highly productive season.'
  9. 'David Smith was left tantalisingly not out one short of his ton.'
  10. 'As Tendulkar fell three runs short of his ton, the burgers dropped along with the jaws!'


Much; a lot.
  1. 'That's not even an exhaustive list - I'm positive there's tons I've missed out.'
  2. 'There's tons rattling round in there, and it's yet to settle into any form that I can make use of.'
  3. 'I could be gone for an hour and we could get tons done.'


Fashionable style or distinction.
  1. 'Whereas the rest of the comedy takes place in closed drawing, dressing, and dining-rooms, and uses a small cast, the party suddenly opens up spatially into the world of ton or fashion.'
  2. 'Raven black curls fell riotously around her face, holding no semblance at all to the painfully tidy styles of the London ton.'

More definitions


1. a unit of weight, equivalent to 2000 pounds (0.907 metric ton) avoirdupois (short ton) in the U.S. and 2240 pounds (

1.016 metric tons) avoirdupois (long ton) in Great Britain.

2. Also called freight ton. a unit of volume for freight that weighs one ton, varying with the type of freight measured, as 40 cubic feet of oak timber or 20 bushels of wheat.

3. metric ton.

4. displacement ton.

5. a unit of volume used in transportation by sea, commonly equal to 40 cubic feet (

1.13 cu. m) (


(ton)French, from Latin tonus (see tone).


weigh a ton