Webster 1913 Edition
A large cask; an oblong vessel bulging in the middle, like a pipe or puncheon, and girt with hoops; a wine cask.
A fermenting vat.
A certain measure for liquids, as for wine, equal to two pipes, four hogsheads, or 252 gallons. In different countries, the tun differs in quantity.
A weight of 2,240 pounds. See
An indefinite large quantity.
tunof man in thy large bulk is writ.
A drunkard; – so called humorously, or in contempt.
Any shell belonging to
Doliumand allied genera; – called also
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To put into tuns, or casks.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In a general sense, a large cask; an oblong vessel bulging in the middle, like a pipe or puncheon, and girt with hoops.
2.A certain measure for liquids,as for wine, oil, &c.
3.A quantity of wine, consisting of two pipes or four hogsheads, or 252 gallons. In different countries, the tun differs in quantity.
4.In commerce, the weight of twenty hundreds gross, each hundred consisting of 112 lb = 2240 lb. But by a law of Connecticut, passed June 1827, gross weight is abolished, and a tun is the weight of 2000 lb. It is also a practice in N. York to sell by 2000 lb. to the tun.
5.A certain weight by which the burden of a ship is estimated; as a ship of three hundred tuns, that is, a ship that will carry three hundred times two thousand weight. Forty two cubic feet are allowed to a tun.
6.A certain quantity of timber, consisting of forty solid feet if round, or fifty four feet if square.
7.Proverbially, a large quantity.
8.In burlesque, a drunkard.
9.At the end of names, tun, ton, or don, signifies town, village, or hill.