What does tonnage mean?

Definitions for tonnage
ˈtʌn ɪdʒton·nage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tonnage, tunnage, tonnage dutynoun

    a tax imposed on ships that enter the US; based on the tonnage of the ship


  1. tonnagenoun

    The number of tons of water that a floating ship displaces.

  2. tonnagenoun

    The capacity of a ship's hold etc in units of 100 cubic feet.

  3. tonnagenoun

    The number of tons of bombs dropped in a particular region over a particular period of time.

  4. tonnagenoun

    A charge made on each ton of cargo when landed etc.

  5. tonnagenoun

    The total shipping of a fleet or nation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tonnagenoun

    A custom or impost due for merchandise brought or carried in tons from or to other nations, after a certain rate in every ton. John Cowell

    Etymology: from ton.

    Tonnage and poundage upon merchandizes were collected, refused to be settled by act of parliament. Edward Hyde.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tonnagenoun

    the weight of goods carried in a boat or a ship

  2. Tonnagenoun

    the cubical content or burden of a vessel, or vessels, in tons; or, the amount of weight which one or several vessels may carry. See Ton, n. (b)

  3. Tonnagenoun

    a duty or impost on vessels, estimated per ton, or, a duty, toll, or rate payable on goods per ton transported on canals

  4. Tonnagenoun

    the whole amount of shipping estimated by tons; as, the tonnage of the United States. See Ton


  1. Tonnage

    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 modern maritime usage, "tonnage" specifically refers to a calculation of the volume or cargo volume of a ship. Tonnage should not be confused with Displacement which refers to the loaded or empty weight of the vessel itself. Measurement of tonnage can be less than straightforward, not least because it is used to assess fees on commercial shipping.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tonnage

    tun′āj, n. in regard to ships, a measure both of cubical capacity and of dead-weight carrying capability—the freight ton simply means 40 cubic feet of space available for cargo, and is therefore two-fifths of a register ton: a duty on ships, estimated per ton.—Also Tun′nage.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tonnage

    A custom or impost formerly granted to the crown for merchandise imported or exported. Also, the admeasurement of a ship, and thence to ascertain her cubical contents converted into tons. (See BURDEN.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonnage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonnage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tonnage in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Bridson:

    I see more mergers and acquisitions, more consolidation and a lot more joint ventures as things get tougher, that is not a bad thing. Consolidation will force out failing companies and cull a lot of the older tonnage.

  2. RyanPack:

    Your so fat you got more tonnage than the U.S. navy.

  3. Ryan Pack:

    Your so fat you got more tonnage than the U.S. Navy.

  4. Mark Sutch:

    We're seeing some good volumes from China. The tonnage is there, but given the air freight capacity on the market we're not getting the' super' peak yields we would be hoping for at this time of year, we will be operating our peak transpacific schedule... this week and expect the peak to continue to Thanksgiving( at end-November). A pre-Christmas rush is hard to predict.

  5. Gregg Favre:

    The sheer tonnage of materials... makes it very difficult for void spaces to exist.

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