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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
came down a ton of bricks (=very severely)
▪ I made the mistake of answering back, and she came down on me like a ton of bricks.
metric ton
weighed a ton (=was very heavy)
▪ The box was full of books and weighed a ton.
▪ Measured on the carbon dioxide scale, it emitted 2.109 metric tons percapita in 1986 from fossil fuels and cement production.
▪ A metric ton is equal to 2, 205 pounds.
▪ Britain in the same year emitted 2.938 metric tons percapita from the same resources; the United States 5.005.
▪ Refiners and users had expected a 200, 000 to 300, 000 metric ton increase, analysts and industry officials said.
▪ But then he wasn't carrying tons of lead on a keel that had to be dragged through the water.
▪ From Nibthwaite to Ulverston it was carried for 4/6 per ton.
▪ The ship was carrying 80,000 tons of oil when it hit a rock off Corunna last Thursday.
▪ She felt like crying as dejection hit her like a ton of bricks.
▪ As I was doing the project management part of my presentation today it hit me like a ton of bricks.
▪ He had the right club. Hit it a ton.
▪ Miracle recovery, hit me like a ton of bricks and then it was over in nothing flat, blah blah blah.
▪ Every acre of sunflowers produces about half a ton of oil which will be turned into low fat margarine.
▪ Similarly, in 1979-80, it used to take 13.2 hours for a man to produce a ton of steel.
▪ Burning of the Amazon forest produces nearly 720 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.
▪ The district produces tons of the pâté.
▪ Britain now produces nearly 26 million tons per year of domestic garbage which must be disposed of somewhere, somehow.
▪ When I started it was about two hundred people per ton and now we produce five tons an hour with three people.
▪ An excavation of a Roman villa, for example, can produce several tons of small fragments of pottery, glass and tiles.
▪ The contract was an agreement to sell 275 tons of barley to be grown by the seller on his farm.
▪ They sold an amazing 43,000 tons of frozen chips last year, a 25 percent increase on the previous year.
▪ This 7,224-ton daughter of the industrial revolution is repainted every seven years, using 40 tons of paint.
▪ We use it in a ton of things.
▪ They use 600,000 tons of potatoes each year a tenth of the total crop and 59,000 tons of white fish.
▪ Did you know that our employees use over a ton of paper a year?
▪ First larger vehicles were used so the tons per load figure was higher.
▪ It was an extraordinary 32 metres long, weighing possibly up to 100 tons.
▪ Most of the sculptures there weigh about half a ton.
▪ Each truck has to carry 26 of them, together weighing over a ton.
▪ The thing weighed a black ton.
▪ It looked as though it weighed a ton and seemed to quiver every so often.
▪ Some one mentioned to me that 18 to 24 inches of snow on a driveway 10 by 40 feet weighs a ton.
▪ Each caisson weighed 240 tons with water in it, and could carry one barge or two narrow boats.
▪ It is 10' in diameter and weighs some 40 tons.
▪ About a million tons of lava are pouring every day from the fissure which opened on the Sicilian volcano in December.
▪ Doesn't he care that nuclear energy has so far saved the world from burning five hundred million tons of coal?
▪ From the ton of stuff littering the area, this was clearly a campsite.
▪ He was welding on top of a 900 ton oil storage tank which exploded, hurling him 120 feet into a wall.
▪ She would get some Dublin Bay prawns and tons of garlic, if he could bring some great wine or other?
▪ The payload of the military 109 is one ton, the civilian 109 is ¾ ton.
▪ The station also supplied the nearby brickworks with its coal, 23,000 tons in 1898, chiefly from Yorkshire.
▪ Two vats were in use, with maximum production in the region of three tons per week.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ton \Ton\ (t[^o]n), n. [F. See Tone.] 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.

Bon ton. See in the Vocabulary.


Ton \Ton\ (t[o^]n), obs. pl. of Toe.


Ton \Ton\ (t[u^]n), n. [Cf. Tunny.] (Zo["o]l.) The common tunny, or horse mackerel.


Ton \Ton\ (t[u^]n), n. [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.] (Com.) A measure of weight or quantity. Specifically:

  1. The weight of twenty hundredweight.

    Note: 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.

  2. (Naut. & Com.) Forty cubic feet of space, being the unit of measurement of the burden, or carrying capacity, of a vessel; as a vessel of 300 tons burden. See the Note under Tonnage.

  3. (Naut. & Com.) A certain weight or quantity of merchandise, with reference to transportation as freight; as, six hundred weight of ship bread in casks, seven hundred weight in bags, eight hundred weight in bulk; ten bushels of potatoes; eight sacks, or ten barrels, of flour; forty cubic feet of rough, or fifty cubic feet of hewn, timber, etc.

    Note: Ton and tun have the same etymology, and were formerly used interchangeably; but now ton generally designates the weight, and tun the cask. See Tun.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"measure of weight," late 14c. The quantity necessary to fill a tun or cask of wine, thus identical to tun (q.v.). The spelling difference became firmly established 18c. Ton of bricks in the colloquial figurative sense of what you come down on someone like is from 1884.


"prevailing mode, style, fashionable ways," 1769, from French ton (see tone (n.)).


Etymology 1 n. 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 (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 (context colloquial hyperbole English) A large amount. 5 (context slang English) A speed of 100 mph. 6 (context slang English) One hundred pound sterling. 7 (context cricket English) One hundred runs. 8 (context darts English) One hundred points. Etymology 2

n. 1 fashion, the current style, the vogue. 2 Fashionable society; those in style. Etymology 3

n. The common tunny, or house mackerel.

  1. n. a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds [syn: short ton, net ton]

  2. a British unit of weight equivalent to 2240 pounds [syn: long ton, gross ton]


Tôn is a Vietnamese surname. The name is transliterated as Sun in Chinese and Son in Korean.

Ton is the anglicized variation of the surname Tôn.


Tôň (pronunciation: [tuoɲ], , Hungarian pronunciation:) is a village and municipality in the Komárno District in the Nitra Region of south-west Slovakia.

Ton (disambiguation)

A ton is a unit of mass, force, volume, energy or power.

Ton or TON may also refer to:

Ton (le bon ton)

"The ton" is a term commonly used to refer to Britain's high society during the late Regency and the reign of George IV, and later. It is a French word meaning (in this sense) "manners" or "style" and is pronounced as in French . The full phrase is le bon ton meaning "good manners" or "good form" – characteristics held as ideal by the British beau monde.

The term le beau monde (pronounced ), literally meaning "the beautiful world" (but here meaning "fashionable people," or "fashionable society"), was similar to le bon ton during the nineteenth century.

"The ton" has also been used to refer to the Upper Ten Thousand of later 19th-century society, including most of the peerage, aristocracy and wealthy merchants or bankers of the City (of London).

Usage examples of "ton".

Nell came out, nine-tenths of a ton of daintiness, and rumbled admonitorily at Nugget, who trailed her closely.

This human cargo represents a weight of about twenty tons, which is equivalent to that of thirty persons, two boars, three sows, twelve piglets, thirty fowls, ten dogs, twenty rats, a hundred balled or potted breadfruit and banana plants, and twelve tons of watergourds, seeds, yams, tubers, coconuts, adzes and weapons.

But despite his acquittal the Latvian remained a dead Latvian and weighed on his mind like a ton of bricks, although he was said to have been a frail little man, afflicted with a stomach ailment to boot.

Within only a few seconds, at least a ton of the amorphous flesh had spewed out of the hole.

In 1976, a tank truck went off an elevated freeway, exploded and released 19 tons of anhydrous ammonia, killing seven people.

They located two roads, neither passable by now, one track leading to a shallow pit where many tons of apatite had been removed.

The consort was a pinnace--as vessels of her class were then and for many years called--of sixty tons burden, as already stated, having two masts, which were put in--as we are informed by Bradford, and are not allowed by Professor Arber to forget--as apart of her refitting in Holland.

What we have here is about forty tons of argentite with a very high silver content.

Conscious that the human organism, normally capable of sustaining an atmospheric pressure of 19 tons, when elevated to a considerable altitude in the terrestrial atmosphere suffered with arithmetical progression of intensity, according as the line of demarcation between troposphere and stratosphere was approximated from nasal hemorrhage, impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.

I could retort to that, Axel came back into the kitchen, now sporting a khaki vest with a ton of pockets and carrying three fishing rods and a small case.

But Dutch Ton stood up, took the letter from Axel, who was looking a bit disappointed to have his services broken off so abruptly, and tucked the paper into a gap in his coat.

Twelve thousand tons displacement, four 250-mm rifles in twin turrets fore and aft, eight 175mm in four twin-tube wing turrets, eight 155mm in barbette mounts on either side, 200mm main belt, face-hardened alloy steel.

Surinamese bauxite, one ton for the Jamaican, and two tons for the Arkansan.

Kitels that the Birts fled for safety at the burning and sacking of Deorhyst by Sweyne, and it was by their aid that our family reclaimed some hides of forest land within a short distance of Pendyke and established a settlement, to which they gave the name of Birtsmereton, or the ton or village where the Birts settled close upon the borders of a great mere or moor-land swamp.

While the pumps clanged throughout the ship to free her of the hundreds of tons of sea-water that washed through her, von Kleine left the bridge and, with his engineer commander and damage control officer, they listed the injuries that Blucher had received.