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Definition of tun, meaning of tun


tun (plural tuns)

  1. A large cask; an oblong vessel bulging in the middle, like a pipe or puncheon, and girt with hoops; a wine cask.
  2. (Brewing) A fermenting vat.
  3. An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 252 wine gallons; equal to two pipes.
    • 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
  4. (Com.) A weight of 2,240 pounds. See Ton. [R.]
  5. An indefinite large quantity.
  6. A drunkard; -- so called humorously, or in contempt.
  7. (Zool.) Any shell belonging to Dolium and allied genera; -- called also tun-shell.

3 letters in word "tun": N T U.

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