Origin of TENS
- (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.
Origin of ten
Examples from the Web for tens
Tens of thousands of civilians still live in the city, starving, with limited food and water.
Five, the tens or arguably hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money that flowed from corporate sources into GOP coffers.
Even a government that has turned two blind eyes can hear the clamoring of tens of thousands of demonstrators.
But when the end result is tens of millions raised, do the shades of vanity or petty grudges truly matter?
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?|Jacob Siegel|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As to that, we count him by tens of thousands now, and his footmen and maids by hundreds of thousands.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Gun I had not, nor ammunition; but I could have counted grouse by the thousand, ducks by hundreds, and golden plover by tens!Across Iceland|William Bisiker
Thousands, I may say tens of thousands, from all parts of the city went forth from the gates to bid him welcome.The Golden Grasshopper|W.H.G. Kingston
Tens of thousands of wounded and mutilated warriors will soon be added to these.What Germany Thinks|Thomas F. A. Smith
Thanks to the art of gardeners, these trees lived some tens of years and reached a considerable height.The Pharaoh and the Priest|Alexander Glovatski
n acronym for
- 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.