Definition of tun in English:
- In 1347 he sold 3 tuns of wine to the King's Butler; while in 1349 he exported cloth.
- He gave the order for a tun of the local wine to be delivered by packman to the Earl's castle in late summer.
- As for size, the tonnage of ships in this period was reckoned literally in terms of capacity to carry tuns, or casks, of wine.
- Family Tonnidae, class Gastropoda
- Most tun shells can be found living in sand, in the tropics beyond the edge of the coral reef.
- Tiny periwinkles, found in profusion in intertidal areas, are gastropods; as are giant tun shells from the deep waters and the quiet limpets who cling to rocks at low tide.
- These tun shells have a large rounded body and are very lightweight for their size.
verb (tuns, tunning, tunned)[with object] archaic Back to top
ton from (Middle English):
Ton is a variant of tun, both spellings being used for the container and the weight in the past. The senses were differentiated in the late 17th century, with tun limited to a ‘cask’. A ton was originally a term for the capacity for a ship, originally the volume of space occupied by a cask or wine. The metric tonne—1 000 kilograms—first appears in English in the late 19th century, adopted from French. A little ton was, in French, a tonel, source of the word tunnel (Late Middle English).
Definition of tun in:
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