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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TON

A ton on some other planet, where the attraction of gravity is less, does not weigh half a ton.

"This confounded blunderbuss must weigh a ton, I think," Loubet went on.

We only got a ton after all, when we should have liked a dozen or fourteen tons!

Tell Gubby I think of him as much as when I weighed half a ton.

We'll get more ounces to the ton out of our crushings than they ever heard of on the Rand, too.

There must be half a ton of diamonds, rubies and emeralds aboard.

Choicer grapes, as Delaware, Iona and Dutchess, often sell from $75 to $100 a ton.

The form of her declaration was dry, almost peremptory—but not its ton.

"I wish my Lady could only hear all this," said Rep ton, in a whisper to Martin.

I let him have a ton for twelve pounds and he went away joyfully.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., tonne, unit for measuring the carrying capacity of a ship, originally "space occupied by a tun or cask of wine," thus identical to tun (q.v.). The two words were not differentiated until 1680s. The measure of weight is first recorded late 15c.; the spelling ton is from 1530s, and became firmly established 18c.

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