- a cardinal number, ten times ten.
- a symbol for this number, as 100 or C.
- a set of this many persons or things: a hundred of the men.
- hundreds, a number between 100 and 999, as in referring to an amount of money: Property loss was only in the hundreds of dollars.
- a hundred-dollar bill.
- the sum of one hundred dollars.
- (formerly) an administrative division of an English county.
- a similar division in colonial Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia, and in present-day Delaware.
- Also called hundred's place. Mathematics.
- (in a mixed number) the position of the third digit to the left of the decimal point.
- (in a whole number) the position of the third digit from the right.
- amounting to one hundred in number.
- keep it one hundred, Slang. to remain completely genuine or authentic; be totally honest or truthful. Also keep it 100.
Origin of hundred
Examples from the Web for hundreds
Over the next six months hundreds of same-sex couples married.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Bad weather is a feature of hundreds of flights across the world every day.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
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Cricket is a sport enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the globe, mainly in former British colonies.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
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Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol.Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police
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Hundreds of years ago the most beautiful women of Havana were only glimpsed stepping in or out of carriages on this street.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
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The narrowest and deepest gorge is hundreds of feet deep in the shale.Yorkshire Painted And Described
There are hundreds of them who steal because they don't get enough to eat.Within the Law
She had been mingling with hundreds of boys and girls in high school.
She looked over the cliff down an appalling depth of hundreds of feet.
Why, there are hundreds and hundreds of them--and the smallest worth not less than fifty pounds!The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- the cardinal number that is the product of ten and ten; five scoreSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 100, C, etc, representing this number
- (often plural) a large but unspecified number, amount, or quantitythere will be hundreds of people there
- the hundreds
- the numbers 100 to 109the temperature was in the hundreds
- the numbers 100 to 199his score went into the hundreds
- the numbers 100 to 999the price was in the hundreds
- (plural) the 100 years of a specified centuryin the sixteen hundreds
- something representing, represented by, or consisting of 100 units
- maths the position containing a digit representing that number followed by two zerosin 4376, 3 is in the hundred's place
- an ancient division of a county in England, Ireland, and parts of the US
- amounting to or approximately a hundreda hundred reasons for that
- (as pronoun)the hundred I chose
- amounting to 100 times a particular scientific quantitya hundred volts
Word Origin and History for hundreds
Old English hundred "the number of 100, a counting of 100," from West Germanic *hundrath (cf. Old Norse hundrað, German hundert); first element is Proto-Germanic *hundam "hundred" (cf. Gothic hund, Old High German hunt), from PIE *km-tom "hundred," reduced from *dkm-tom- (cf. Sanskrit satam, Avestan satem, Greek hekaton, Latin centum, Lithuanian simtas, Old Church Slavonic suto, Old Irish cet, Breton kant "hundred"), from *dekm- "ten" (see ten).
Second element is Proto-Germanic *rath "reckoning, number" (cf. Gothic raþjo "a reckoning, account, number," garaþjan "to count;" see read (v.)). The common word for the number in Old English was simple hund, and Old English also used hund-teontig.
In Old Norse hundrath meant 120, that is the long hundred of six score, and at a later date, when both the six-score hundred and the five-score hundred were in use, the old or long hundred was styled hundrath tolf-roett ... meaning "duodecimal hundred," and the new or short hundred was called hundrath ti-rætt, meaning "decimal hundred." "The Long Hundred and its use in England" was discussed by Mr W.H. Stevenson, in 1889, in the Archcæological Review (iv. 313-27), where he stated that amongst the Teutons, who longest preserved their native customs unimpaired by the influence of Latin Christianity, the hundred was generally the six-score hundred. The short hundred was introduced among the Northmen in the train of Christianity. ["Transactions" of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 1907]
Meaning "division of a county or shire with its own court" (still in some British place names and U.S. state of Delaware) was in Old English and probably represents 100 hides of land. The Hundred Years War (which ran intermittently from 1337 to 1453) was first so called in 1874. The original Hundred Days was the period between Napoleon's restoration and his final abdication in 1815.