ton - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/tʌn/
singularton
pluraltons
  1. 1
    British a unit for measuring weight, containing 2,240 pounds and equal to 1,016 kilograms

    The horse could pull up to 50 tons.

    Transporting the coal costs £40 per ton.

    a 40-ton lorry (=weighing 40 tons)

    See also metric ton
  2. 2
    informal a very large number or amount
    ton of:

    She put on about a ton of make-up.

    tons of (=a lot of):

    I’ve got tons of things to do.

    weigh a ton (=be extremely heavy):

    That bag of yours weighs a ton!