- n. 吨；很多，大量
- n. (Ton)人名；(西、俄、捷、荷)托恩；(柬)敦；(东南亚国家华语)通；(朝)敦
CET4 TEM4 考 研 CET6
来自 tun 拼写变体，词源由酒桶，木桶引申为专有名词吨。
- ton:  Ton originated as a variant of tun ‘barrel’ [OE]. At first it was used for a unit of capacity, equal to the space occupied by a tun of wine, but by the end of the 15th century we find it being applied to a unit of weight. Tun itself was acquired from medieval Latin tunna, which was probably of Gaulish origin. Another of its descendants was Old French tonne, whose diminutive tonel was borrowed into English as tunnel . This was originally used for a ‘tubular net for catching birds’, and then for a ‘chimney flue’ or ‘funnel’. It was not applied to an ‘underground passage’ until as recently as the late 18th century.
=> tun, tunnel
- ton (n.1)
- "measure of weight," late 14c. The quantity necessary to fill a tun or cask of wine, thus identical to tun (q.v.). The spelling difference became firmly established 18c. Ton of bricks in the colloquial figurative sense of what you come down on someone like is from 1884.
- ton (n.2)
- "prevailing mode, style, fashionable ways," 1769, from French ton (see tone (n.)).
- 1. Every year they panned about a ton and a half of gold.
- 2. The ship was permitted to tie up in Bos-ton harbour.
- 3. Getting rid of rubbish can cost $100 a ton.
- 4. A seven-ton lorry slewed across their path.
- 5. He'sstored away nearly one ton of potatoes.
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