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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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7 of a ton for the ten largest herbivorous animals of Southern Africa.
You understand that we have nothing to do here with projectiles weighing at most but half a ton.
When I made the plans for this submarine vessel, I meant that nine-tenths should be submerged: consequently it ought only to displace nine-tenths of its bulk, that is to say, only to weigh that number of tons.
The first is not less than two inches and a half thick and weighs 394 tons.
Now, if I have made reservoirs of a size equal to this tenth, or capable of holding 150 tons, and if I fill them with water, the boat, weighing then 1,507 tons, will be completely immersed.
Why, it would take us a year, possibly our whole lives, to eat up twelve oxen and twelve tons of bread.
Then twelve roasted oxen and twelve tons of bread were brought alongside of the ship, and at one sitting the glutton had devoured it all.
Ten tons of sulphuric acid and ten tons of iron filings, were put on board for the future production of the hydrogen gas.
And farmed it he had, for twenty years, shrewd, cool-headed, sober, industrious, and thrifty, rising from ship's boy and forecastle hand to mate and master of sailing-ships and thence into steam, second officer, first, and master, from small command to larger, and at last to the bridge of the old Tryapsic--old, to be sure, but worth her fifty thousand pounds and still able to bear up in all seas, and weather her nine thousand tons of freight.
The last good-bye to the wife had been at Cardiff, twenty-eight months before, when he sailed for Valparaiso with coals--nine thousand tons and down to his marks.
Well, your honour," replied he, "I could not risk myself, my men, or my little boat of scarcely twenty tons on so long a voyage at this time of year.
The Tankadere was a neat little craft of twenty tons, as gracefully built as if she were a racing yacht.