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 for Ton
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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. &
     Tun,{Tunnel">Gael. tunna a tun. Cf. Tun,{Tunnel.] (Com.)
     A measure of weight or quantity. Specifically: 
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     (a) The weight of twenty hundredweight.
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     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.
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     (b) (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.
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     (c) (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.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ton \Ton\ (t[o^]n), obs.
     pl. of Toe. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ton \Ton\ (t[u^]n), n. [Cf. Tunny.] (Zool.)
     The common tunny, or horse mackerel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ton \Ton\ (t[^o]n), n. [F. See Tone.]
     The prevailing fashion or mode; vogue; as, things of ton.
     --Byron.
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           If our people of ton are selfish, at any rate they show
           they are selfish.                        --Thackeray.
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     Bon ton. See in the Vocabulary.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ton
      n 1: a United States unit of weight equivalent to 2000 pounds
           [syn: short ton, ton, net ton]
      2: a British unit of weight equivalent to 2240 pounds [syn:
         long ton, ton, gross ton]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TON. Twenty hundred weight, each hundred weight being one hundred and twelve 
  pounds avoirdupois. See act of congress of Aug. 30, 1842, c. 270, s. 20. 
  
  

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