measurement ton


measurement ton
(MTON or MT)
   a unit of volume used for measuring the cargo of a ship, truck, train, or other freight carrier, equal to exactly 40 cubic feet, or approximately 1.1326 cubic meters. This unit was traditionally called a freight ton (see ton5), but that term now means a metric ton of freight in most international usage. However, the confusion seems impossible to dispel; some shippers are now using "measurement ton" to mean a metric ton of freight. (The way out of this dilemma is simple: measure volume in cubic meters and weight in metric tons.)

Dictionary of units of measurement. 2015.

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  • measurement ton — n. TON1 (sense 5) * * * …   Universalium

  • measurement ton — n. TON1 (sense 5) …   English World dictionary

  • measurement ton — noun see ton II * * * measurement ton = freight ton. (Cf. ↑freight ton) …   Useful english dictionary

  • measurement ton — The unit of volumetric measurement of equipment associated with surface delivered cargo. Measurement tons equal total cubic feet divided by 40 (1MTON = 40 cubic feet). Also called M/T, MT, MTON …   Military dictionary

  • measurement ton — meas′urement ton n. wam See under ton I, 5) • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • measurement ton — noun Date: circa 1934 ton 1c …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • measurement ton. — See under ton1 (def. 5). [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • measurement ton — noun A unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 U.S. or Imperial cubic feet …   Wiktionary

  • measurement ton. — See under ton1 (def. 5). [1930 35] …   Useful english dictionary

  • ton —    1. (tn or T or t)    a traditional unit of weight equal to 20 hundredweight.    In the United States and Canada, there are 100 pounds in the hundredweight and exactly 2000 pounds (907.185 kilograms) in the ton. In Britain, there are 112 pounds …   Dictionary of units of measurement


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