Friday, February 25, 2005

That's a ton!

I was playing scrabble (fun game) with my students today and the only word that one of them could make was ton. They didn't know this word (I was helping them) (oh, and keep the spelling comments to your self Angela, Kathy, and any other wise _ _ _ persons thank you very much) and so I looked it up on dictionary.com Who knew there was a ton of definitions for such a little word. Kinda funny actually, such a small word denoting such a big thing. :-)

6 entries found for ton.

ton ( P ) Pronunciation Key (tn)n. Abbr. t. or tn.
A unit of weight equal to 2,000 pounds (0.907 metric ton or 907.18 kilograms). Also called net ton, short ton.
A unit of weight equal to 2,240 pounds (1.016 metric tons or 1,016.05 kilograms). Also called long ton.
A metric ton. See table at measurement.
A unit of capacity for cargo in maritime shipping, normally estimated at 40 cubic feet.
A unit of internal capacity of a ship equal to 100 cubic feet.
A unit for measuring the displacement of ships, equal to 35 cubic feet, and supposed to equal the volume taken by a long ton of seawater.
Informal.
A large extent, amount, or number. Often used in the plural: has a ton of work; gets tons of fan mail.
Used adverbially with a or in the plural to mean “to a great degree or extent” or “frequently”: felt a ton better; has seen her tons lately.

1 Comments:

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Angela said...

nice language potty mouth...

 

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