Big Ten

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A group of prominent midwestern universities known for high academic standards and keen athletic competition. Nine of the ten are state universities: the universities of Illinois (at Urbana), Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (at Madison); Michigan State University; Ohio State University; Indiana University; and Purdue University. Northwestern University is the sole private school.

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How to use Big Ten in a sentence

  • As the boy started the big ten-team, the light grew suddenly brighter.

    Connie Morgan in Alaska|James B. Hendryx
  • The reversing-lever of a big ten-wheeler is no child's plaything, and he stood ready to help her if she could not manage it.

    A Romance in Transit|Francis Lynde
  • There were six of them, extra big ten-cent ones, and they could easily lift the small doll in the basket.