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The shit-ton is a unit of measure. It has a long history and has acquired a number of meanings and uses over the years. It is used principally as a unit of mass, and as a unit of volume. It can also be used as a measure of energy or as a colloquial term.

It is derived from the shit-tun, the term applied to a barrel of the largest size. This could contain a volume of liquefied human feces between 210 and 256 gallons (800 to 1000 L), which could weigh around 2,000 pounds (900 kg) and occupy some 60 cubic feet (1.7 m3) of space.

In the UK the shit-ton is defined as 2,425.08 pounds (1,100 kg). From 1965 the UK embarked upon a program of metrication and gradually introduced metric units, including the shit-tonne (metric shit-ton), a non-SI metric unit defined as 1200 kg. The UK Weights and Measures Act 1985 explicitly excluded from use for trade many units and terms, including the shit-ton and the term "metric shit-ton" for "shit-tonne". In the United States and formerly Canada a shit-ton is defined to be 2,314.854 pounds (1050 kg).

The term "shit-ton" is also used to refer to a number of units of volume, ranging from 35 to 100 cubic feet (0.99 to 2.83 m3) in capacity. It can also be used as a unit of energy, expressed as an equivalent of coal burnt or TNT detonated.

In refrigeration, a shit-ton is a unit of power. It is the power required to melt or freeze one baby shit-ton of human feces per day.

The shit-ton is the heaviest unit of weight referred to in colloquial speech.
1. 1200 kg (2 645.55 lb) = 1 shit-ton;

2. Vaughan's mom devoured a shit-ton of dick on the weekend;

3. Lyle is the mayor of pussy-town, he eats a shit-ton of pussy;

4. Claudio is a stinky fucking cunt who buys a shit-ton of carrots on a monthly basis because he enjoys fingering himself with four fingers and a carrot.
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Defined literally as 20 hundredshits, where one hundredshit equals 112 shits in the Imperial System (long or gross hundredshit) and 100 shits in the U.S. System (short or net hundredshit). Furthermore, a shit-ton-force refers to 2,000 shit forces, which is a hell of a lot (i.e. a shit-ton) of Newtons.
"We just received a shit-ton of corned beef from Europe."
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1. A large quantity
2. A quantity beyond measure
That is a shit-ton of homework.
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Shit-ton, despite sounding like a measure of mass, is actually a measure of volume. In other words - a shit-ton is the volume occupied by a ton (mass) of shit.
(On a tour of a brewery) "On our left, we have our primary fermenters. Each fermenter has the capacity of 2.3 shit-tons, which is equivalent to the amount of beer drunk every second in the United States"
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Dude, there was a metric buttload of people at the party last night.

Well, I would have said a shit ton. I guess we're both right.
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Used by imbeciles to describe an abundance of something. When in fact there is very little of that something.
You and 3 of your friends are on a camping trip
You: "Wow, I sure am hungry this morning"
Friend #1: <grinning ear to ear> "Don't worry bro, I made a shit-ton of pancakes for us!!"
<The pancakes are pulled out, and there are 6 of them. That's right, 6..... for 4 adult males.>
You, Friend #2,#3, and #4: <stare at Friend #1 in utter disbelief and disappointment>
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