- (in a mixed number) the position of the second digit to the left of the decimal point.
- (in a whole number) the position of the second digit from the right.
- tempus edax rerum,
- tempus fugit,
- ten code,
- ten commandments,
- ten gurus,
- ten percenter,
- ten thousand smokes, valley of
Origin of ten
Examples from the Web for ten
Ten of the callers identified the man as Jason Polanco of the Bronx.
As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.
I first saw Marvin when I was ten years old, living with my parents in Arlington, Virginia.
I did a ten minute scene in his class: the guy who had gangrene in his leg in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Everything turned around and we pulled it together, got our act together for the big ten.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I have walked, on an average, about ten miles a-day since at Grfenberg.Every Man his own Doctor|R. T. Claridge
Then I was conducted to the boilers, a row of ten, sunk underground in the solid rock, below the level of the shrubbery.A Month in Yorkshire|Walter White
I thought him ten years less, and he spoke with the dogmatism of youth.The Grey Room|Eden Phillpotts
The country for five to ten miles to the east of our track appeared open and grassy, basalt being the prevailing rock.Journals of Australian Explorations|A C and F T Gregory
Of our ten animals, six were intended for riding, and four for carrying cargoes, each taking turn about.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
- amounting to tenten tigers
- (as pronoun)to sell only ten
Word Origin for ten
Old English ten (Mercian), tien (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *tekhan (cf. Old Saxon tehan, Old Norse tiu, Danish ti, Old Frisian tian, Old Dutch ten, Dutch tien, Old High German zehan, German zehn, Gothic taihun "ten").
The Germanic words are from PIE *dekm (cf. Sanskrit dasa, Avestan dasa, Armenian tasn, Greek deka, Latin decem, Old Church Slavonic deseti, Lithuanian desimt, Old Irish deich, Breton dek, Welsh deg, Albanian djetu "ten").
Tenner "ten-pound note" is slang first recorded 1861; as "ten-dollar bill," 1887 (ten-spot in this sense dates from 1848). The ten-foot pole that you wouldn't touch something with (1909) was originally a 40-foot pole; the idea is the same as the advice to use a long spoon when you dine with the devil. Ten-four "I understand, message received," is attested in popular jargon from 1962, from use in CB and police radio 10-code (in use in U.S. by 1950).
see count to ten; not touch with a ten-foot pole.