noun, plural thou·sands, (as after a numeral) thou·sand.
- (in a mixed number) the position of the fourth digit to the left of the decimal point.
- (in a whole number) the position of the fourth digit from the right.
Origin of thousand
Examples from the Web for thousand
Well over a thousand holes in, I average less than four strokes per hole.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One person who dialed in has “a pretty big Twitter following,” Goff said, “several thousand.”
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
The technician on the other end is probably in a laboratory a thousand miles away.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the afternoon, about a thousand people marched in protest through the largest Prague square, with police nowhere in sight.
The mother's mood may be read at a glance: she is showing in one of a thousand tender ways her motherly affection for her child.The Madonna in Art|Estelle M. Hurll
My wife refuses to write to you for another thousand, and she must take the consequences.The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales|Hannah More
I turned it a thousand ways, and examined it in every point of view.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
Each of these is the Mecca of a thousand desires, and faces beam with pleasure when they reappear.The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
This is precisely the predicament in which many thousand people are today.
British Dictionary definitions for thousand
- amounting to a thousanda thousand ships
- (as pronoun)a thousand is hardly enough
Word Origin for thousand
Word Origin and History for thousand
Old English þusend, from Proto-Germanic *thusundi (cf. Old Frisian thusend, Dutch duizend, Old High German dusunt, German tausend, Old Norse þusund, Gothic þusundi).
Related to words in Balto-Slavic (cf. Lithuanian tukstantis, Old Church Slavonic tysashta, Polish tysiąc, Czech tisic), and probably ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning "several hundred" or "a great multitude" (with first element perhaps related to Sanskrit tawas "strong, force").
Used to translate Greek khilias, Latin mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general Indo-European word for "thousand." Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867. Thousand island dressing (1916) is presumably named for the region of New York on the St. Lawrence River.
Idioms and Phrases with thousand
see bat a thousand; by the dozen (thousand); one in a million (thousand); picture is worth a thousand words.