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freight ton

(Units) the full name for ton14



1. a unit of weight, equivalent to 2000 pounds (0.907 metric ton) avoirdupois (short ton) in the U.S. and 2240 pounds (1.016 metric tons) avoirdupois (long ton) in Great Britain.
2. Also called freight ton . a unit of volume for freight that weighs one ton, varying with the type of freight measured, as 40 cubic feet of oak timber or 20 bushels of wheat.
5. a unit of volume used in transportation by sea, commonly equal to 40 cubic feet (1.13 cu. m).
6. a unit of internal capacity of ships, equal to 100 cubic feet (2.83 cu. m) (register ton).
7. Often, tons. a great quantity; a lot: a ton of jokes.
[1350–1400; Middle English; variant of tun]


(Fr. tôn),
n., pl. tons (Fr. tôn).
1. high fashion; stylishness.
2. the current fashion, style, or vogue.
[1755–65; < French < Latin tonus tone]


a suffix formerly used to form nouns from adjectives: simpleton; singleton.
[variant of dial. tone one (see tother)]
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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Air Cargo traffic by the following major routes along with mode of destination (Domestic and International) in terms of Freight Ton Kilometers (FTKs): China-North America, China-Europe, Domestic US, Domestic China, Asia-North America, Europe-North America, Asia-Europe, North America-Europe, Europe-China, North America-Asia, North America-China, Europe-Asia, Japan-North America, South America-Europe, South America-North America, Japan-Europe, North America-Japan, Africa-Europe, Europe-Japan, Europe-Africa, and Others.
Units of volumes are measured in freight ton kilometers (FTK).
In 2000, SkyTeam Cargo partners carried 15 billion freight ton kilometers throughout the world.

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