noun Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from tonne tun; in other senses, from 1ton — more at tunnel Date: 15th century 1. a duty formerly levied on every tun of wine imported into England 2. a. a duty or impost on vessels based on cargo capacity b. a duty on goods per ton transported 3. ships in terms of the total number of tons registered or carried or of their carrying capacity 4. a. the cubical content of a merchant ship in units of 100 cubic feet b. the displacement of a warship 5. a. total weight in tons shipped, carried, or produced b. impressively large amount or weight

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  • tonnage — ton‧nage [ˈtʌnɪdʒ] noun [countable, uncountable] 1. the total number of tons that something weighs: • The aim is to obtain the maximum saleable tonnage at reasonable cost. 2. TRANSPORT the size of a ship or the amount of goods it can carry,… …   Financial and business terms

  • Tonnage — Ton nage (?; 48), n. [From {Ton} a measure.] [1913 Webster] 1. The weight of goods carried in a boat or a ship. [1913 Webster] 2. The cubical content or burden of a vessel, or vessels, in tons; or, the amount of weight which one or several… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tonnage — index cargo Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 tonnage n. Capacity of a ship; the amount …   Law dictionary

  • Tonnage — (fr., spr. Tonnahsch), 1) die gesammte Schiffsladung; 2) Tonnengeld …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Tonnage — (franz., spr. āsch ), Schiffsladung, Tonnengeld; auch Tonnengehalt (s. Schiffsvermessung) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tonnage — (frz., spr. asch), Tonnengehalt, Tonnengeld …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • tonnage — (n.) early 15c., from TON (Cf. ton) + AGE (Cf. age). Originally was tax or duty on wine imported in tuns …   Etymology dictionary

  • tonnage — ► NOUN 1) weight in tons. 2) the size or carrying capacity of a ship measured in tons …   English terms dictionary

  • tonnage — [tun′ij] n. [ME < MFr: see TUN & AGE] 1. a duty or tax on ships, based on tons carried 2. a charge per ton on cargo or freight on a canal, at a port, etc. 3. the total amount of shipping of a country or port, calculated in tons 4. the carrying …   English World dictionary

  • Tonnage — Not to be confused with Ton. Tonnage is a measure of the size or cargo carrying capacity of a ship. The term derives from the taxation paid on tuns or casks of wine, and was later used in reference to the weight of a ship s cargo; however, in… …   Wikipedia

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