see also: TON
Pronunciation Noun

ton (plural tons)

  1. A unit of weight (mass) equal to 2240 pounds (a long ton) or 2000 pounds (a short ton) or 1000 kilograms (a metric ton).
  2. A unit of volume; register ton.
  3. In refrigeration and air conditioning, a unit of thermal power defined as 12,000 BTU/h#Etymology_2|h (about 3.514 kW or 3024 kcal/h), originally the rate of cooling provided by uniform isothermal melting of one short ton of ice per day at 32 °F (0 °C).
  4. (colloquial, hyperbole) A large amount.
    I’ve got a ton of work to do.
    I've got tons of work to do.
  5. (slang) A speed of 100 mph.
  6. (slang) One hundred pounds sterling.
  7. (cricket) One hundred runs.
  8. (darts, snooker, etc.) One hundred points scored.
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  • (British) IPA: /tɔ̃/, /tɒn/

ton (uncountable)

  1. Fashion, the current style, the vogue.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter IX, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224 ↗, page 191 ↗:
      A clergyman cannot be high in state or fashion. He must not head mobs, or set the ton in dress.
    • If our people of ton are selfish, at any rate they show they are selfish.
  2. Fashionable society; those in style.
Related terms Noun

ton (plural tons)

  1. The common tunny, or horse mackerel.



  1. Initialism of threshold odor number

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