Definitions for dozen
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twelve, 12, XII, dozenadjective
the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
twelve, 12, xii, dozenadjective
denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
A set of twelve.
A large, unspecified number of, comfortably estimated in small multiples of twelve, thus generally implied to be significantly more than ten or twelve, but less than perhaps one or two hundred; many.
An old English measure of ore containing 12 hundredweight.
Etymology: From douzaine, from duodecim, from duo + decem
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The number of twelve.
Etymology: douzaine, French.
We cannot lodge and board a dozen or fourteen gentlewomen, but it will be thought we keep a bawdyhouse straight. William Shakespeare, Henry V.
That they bear such huge leaves, or delicate fruit, I could never find; yet I have travelled a dozen miles together under them. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.
By putting twelve units together, we have the complex idea of a dozen. John Locke.
The number of dissenters was something under a dozen with them. Jonathan Swift, concerning the Sacramental Test.
A dozen (commonly abbreviated doz or dz) is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive integer groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the Moon, or months, in a cycle of the Sun, or year. Twelve is convenient because it has a maximal number of divisors among the numbers up to its double, a property only true of 1, 2, 6, 12, 60, 360, and 2520.The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system (also as dozenal), originated in Mesopotamia (see also sexagesimal). Counting in base-12 can easily be accomplished on one's hands by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. Using this method, one hand can count to twelve, and two hands (with the second hand as a placeholder for representing units of twelve) can count to 144. Twelve dozen (122 = 144) are known as a gross; and twelve gross (123 = 1,728, the duodecimal 1,000) are called a great gross, a term most often used when shipping or buying items in bulk. A great hundred, also known as a small gross, is 120 or ten dozen. Dozen may also be used to express a large quantity as in "several dozen" (e.g., dozens of people came to the party).Varying by country, some products are packaged or sold by the dozen, often foodstuff (a dozen eggs). According to one source, sales by the dozen may derive from English units, a system under which “one egg could be sold for a penny or 12 for a shilling, which was equal to 12 pennies.”
A dozen refers to the number twelve, typically used to describe a group or set of twelve items or people.
a collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows
an indefinite small number
Etymology: [OE. doseine, dosein, OF. doseine, F. douzaine, fr. douze twelve, fr. L. duodecim; duo two + decem ten. See Two, Ten, and cf. Duodecimal.]
A dozen is a grouping of twelve. The dozen may be one of the earliest primitive groupings, perhaps because there are approximately a dozen cycles of the moon or months in a cycle of the sun or year. Twelve is convenient because its multiples and divisors are convenient: 12 = 2 × 2 × 3, 3 × 4 = 12, 2 × 6 = 12, 60 = 12 × 5, 360 = 12 × 30. The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system, probably originated in Mesopotamia. This could come from counting on one's fingers by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. Using this method, one hand can count to twelve, and two hands can count to 144. Twelve dozen are known as a gross; and twelve gross are called a great gross, a term most often used when shipping or buying items in bulk. A great hundred, also known as a small gross, is 120 or ten dozen. A baker's dozen, also known as a long dozen, is thirteen.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
duz′n, adj. two and ten, or twelve.—n. a collection of twelve articles.—adj. Doz′enth.—Baker's dozen, Devil's dozen, thirteen. [O. Fr. dozeine—L. duodecim—duo, two, and decem, ten.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2355
Rank popularity for the word 'dozen' in Nouns Frequency: #1222
The numerical value of dozen in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of dozen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.
There were about a dozen people in the camps when we went up there, I don't know if all of them have been arrested, it was a very fluid situation.
One boy is more trouble that a dozen girls.
We are working currently with a few dozen U.S. citizens and their families who have identified themselves as prepared to depart and who have the necessary travel documents to do so, we believe at this point that, in addition to those few dozen U.S. citizens and their families, there is a relatively small number, probably fewer than 200 – again, with all the caveats that apply to these numbers fluctuating – but we’re in touch with about 150 other U.S. citizens who don’t want to leave Afghanistan at this point or otherwise not ready to depart.
I was asked to go to Russia on almost a dozen or half a dozen occasions, i was asked to bring Mr. Trump to Russia. I want to be very clear about this. I never went. I never agreed to go. I never filed for a visa. I never booked a plane ticket. I never booked a hotel. I never intended to go unless there was a deal that had been consummated.
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- dosyne, dosynAfrikaans
- دزينة, دستةArabic
- десетки, дузинаBulgarian
- tusina, tusinoittain, sata, kymmenisen, kymmenenFinnish
- dizaine, douzaineFrench
- dusanScottish Gaelic
- douzènHaitian Creole
- migliaio, dozzina, centinaioItalian
- dozijn, tientallenDutch
- dusinNorwegian Nynorsk
- множество, уйма, дюжина, десятокRussian
- туце, tucet, туцет, tuceSerbo-Croatian
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