- a cardinal number, 10 times 100.
- a symbol for this number, as 1000 or M.
- thousands. the numbers between 1000 and 999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: Property damage was in the thousands.
- a great number or amount.
- Also thousand's place.
- (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.
- amounting to 1000 in number.
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
January 2, 2015
One person who dialed in has “a pretty big Twitter following,” Goff said, “several thousand.”‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
December 14, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
In the afternoon, about a thousand people marched in protest through the largest Prague square, with police nowhere in sight.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Did he say anything about what he had done with this thousand dollars or more?Brave and Bold
He thinks you're dying to hear how he made the first thousand of himself.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The clock struck twelve, and it seemed as if it struck a thousand.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
A thousand pounds is a heavy venture for one so straitened as I am.
These trees are reputed to have flourished for much more than a thousand years.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100See also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 1000, 10³, M, etc, representing this number
- (often plural) a very large but unspecified number, amount, or quantitythey are thousands of miles away
- (plural) the numbers 2000–9999the price of the picture was in the thousands
- the amount or quantity that is one hundred times greater than ten
- something represented by, representing, or consisting of 1000 units
- maths the position containing a digit representing that number followed by three zerosin 4760, 4 is in the thousand's place
- amounting to a thousanda thousand ships
- (as pronoun)a thousand is hardly enough
- amounting to 1000 times a particular scientific unit
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.