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1 (also long ton) a unit of weight equal to 2,240 lb avoirdupois (1016.05 kg). (also short ton)
chiefly North American a unit of weight equal to 2,000 lb avoirdupois (907.19 kg).
(also displacement ton) a unit of measurement of a ship’s weight representing the weight of water it displaces with the load line just immersed, equal to 2,240 lb or 35 cu. ft (0.99 cubic metres). (also freight ton) a unit of weight or volume of sea cargo, equal to a metric ton (1,000 kg) or 40 cu. ft.
2 (also gross ton) a unit of gross internal capacity, equal to 100 cu. ft (2.83 cubic metres). (also net or register ton) an equivalent unit of net internal capacity. a measure of capacity for various materials, especially 40 cu. ft of timber. a unit of refrigerating power able to freeze 2,000 lb of water at 0°C in 24 hours. 3
(usually a ton of/tons of
) informal a large number or amount:all of a sudden I had tons of friends
4British informal a hundred, in particular a speed of 100 mph, a score of 100 or more, or a sum of £100:he scored 102 not out, his third ton of the tour
adverb (tons) British informal
much; a lot:I feel tons better