- a self-operated portable device used to treat chronic pain by sending electrical impulses through electrodes placed over the painful area.
Origin of TENS
- a cardinal number, nine plus one.
- a symbol for this number, as 10 or X.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- a playing card with ten pips.
- Informal. a ten-dollar bill: She had two tens and a five in her purse.
- Also called ten's place. Mathematics.
- (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.
- amounting to ten in number.
- take ten, Informal. to rest from what one is doing, especially for ten minutes.
Origin of ten
Related Words for tensdecimal, decennary, decennium, decagon, decade, decapod, decennial, decuple, denary, tenfold, decemvir, decemvirate
Examples from the Web for tens
Contemporary Examples of tens
Tens of thousands of civilians still live in the city, starving, with limited food and water.Remembering Kobani Before The Siege
Mustafa Abdi, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights
November 8, 2014
Five, the tens or arguably hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money that flowed from corporate sources into GOP coffers.The Real Reason Democrats Lost
November 6, 2014
Even a government that has turned two blind eyes can hear the clamoring of tens of thousands of demonstrators.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
But when the end result is tens of millions raised, do the shades of vanity or petty grudges truly matter?#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O
August 21, 2014
Tens of thousands of Iraqis now stranded in the mountains are awaiting the outcome of those battles.Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands?
August 7, 2014
Historical Examples of tens
By tens and hundreds of thousands they had already gone to the front.The Harbor
Are there not tens of thousands with us mourning the lack of the power of intercession?The Ministry of Intercession
But in tens of thousands of years this part of war hadn't changed.Two Timer
If you form a judgment, thousands and tens of thousands are ready to maintain the opposite.Theaetetus
Thousands and tens of thousands have read it and admired it.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
- transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: the application of low-voltage electric impulses to the skin to relieve rheumatic pain and provide some pain relief in labour. The pulses are said to stimulate the release of pain-killing endorphins
- the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one. It is the base of the decimal number system and the base of the common logarithmSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 10, X, etc, representing this number
- something representing, represented by, or consisting of ten units, such as a playing card with ten symbols on it
- Also called: ten o'clock ten hours after noon or midnight
- amounting to tenten tigers
- (as pronoun)to sell only ten
Word Origin for ten
Word Origin and History for tens
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).
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; a technique used to relieve pain in an injured or diseased part of the body in which electrodes applied to the skin deliver intermittent stimulation to surface nerves and block the transmission of pain signals.
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
Idioms and Phrases with tens
see count to ten; not touch with a ten-foot pole.