any of various units of weight: SHORT TON - METRIC TON. a great quantity: LOT. a unit of internal capacity for ships equal to 100 cubic feet. a unit approximately equal to the volume of a long ton weight of seawater used in reckoning the displacement of ships and equal to 35 cubic feet. a unit of volume for cargo freight usually reckoned at 40 cubic feet. the prevailing fashion: VOGUE. the quality or state of being smart or fashionable.