Definition of ton-mile in English:



  • One ton of goods carried one mile, as a unit of traffic.

    • ‘Total volume was estimated at 32.5 billion ton-miles, up 1.2 percent from last year.’
    • ‘This is a probable decrease in the cost of maintenance per 1,000 gross ton-miles of traffic movement.’
    • ‘Spatial networks are invariably ignored with output treated as single homogeneous measures such as ton-miles.’
    • ‘Total volume through the first 47 weeks of 2004 was estimated at 1.458 trillion ton-miles, up 5.1 percent from a year ago.’
    • ‘He pays trucking firms both by the hour and by the ton-mile.’
    • ‘Did you know that Class I U.S. railroads provided a record 1.55 trillion ton-miles of freight service in 2003?’
    • ‘During the week ending Oct 16, U.S. railroads' volume totaled 33.1 billion ton-miles, breaking the record of 32.7 billion ton-miles set a week earlier.’
    • ‘They estimate that trucks generate about 45% of all ton-miles associated with the carriage of agricultural products and carry about 66% of the transported agricultural tonnage.’
    • ‘Consequently, the number of ton-miles tripled, while the number of roads and track mileage dwindled.’