- 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 hundred
A hundred ultra-wealthy liberal and conservative donors have taken over the political system.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He carried around a hundred pounds too many most of his life, a great buffer of flesh between himself and the world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
His photography has won more than a hundred awards, including the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
You can just as well get into the hundred million class as not, and I know it.
But unless he did something a hundred lives perhaps might be lost.
You wouldn't think it was a hundred yards back from the track, would you?
There is not more than one chance in a hundred of its reaching its destination.
His name was Cup and he too had inherited his land from a hundred other Cups who had gone before.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
- 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 hundred
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.
Idioms and Phrases with hundred
see by the dozen (hundred).