tonne

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French tonne ‎(metric ton)

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Noun[edit]

tonne ‎(plural tonnes)

  1. A metric unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms. Symbol: t
  2. (colloquial, darts) A score of 100.

Usage notes[edit]

  1. A tonne (about 2204.6 pounds) is not exactly the same as a long ton (2240 pounds). Because "ton" and "tonne" usually have the same pronunciation, the phrase "metric ton" is frequently used for "tonne" where disambiguation is required.
  2. In the 1970s the British steel industry promoted the pronunciation /ˈtʌni/ to help avoid confusion. The pronunciation /tɒn/ has also been used for the same reason.
    • 1971. Transactions of the Royal Institute of Naval Arcihtects, page 215, volume 113, 1971
      The metric ton or 'tonne' is accepted as a synonym for the megagramme, and this form Is to be preferred on the grounds of brevity and familiarity in the industry. It may be as well to use the pronunciation 'tunnie' until the risk of confusion with the old ton has passed.
    • 1972, Which, May 1972
      The British Steel Corporation, going metric but realising the possible confusion between a ton and a tonne (1,000 kilograms) has directed its staff to pronounce ‘tonne’ ‘tunnie’.
    • 2002, Richard Chapman, Physics for Geologists, page 138, CRC Press, 2002 ISBN 0415288053
      The tonne rhymes with con (perhaps not in North America!) to distinguish it from the non-SI unit of weight, the ton rhyming with bun.

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The sublative of tuo.

Adverb[edit]

tonne

  1. (colloquial, of movement) there (when the speaker points at the place):
    Me mentiin tonne. (cf. tuolla)
    We went there.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, probably from a Germanic source cognate with English tun. Sense developed in 17th c. from the container to the weight.

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Noun[edit]

tonne f ‎(plural tonnes)

  1. tonne, metric ton
  2. ton

Verb[edit]

tonne

  1. first-person singular present indicative of tonner
  2. third-person singular present indicative of tonner
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of tonner
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of tonner
  5. second-person singular imperative of tonner

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