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Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-tenth, tenth, tenth part, ten percentnoun

    a tenth part; one part in ten equal parts

  2. tenthadjective

    position ten in a countable series of things

  3. tenth, 10thadjective

    coming next after the ninth and just before the eleventh in position


  1. tenthnoun

    The person or thing in the tenth position.

  2. tenthnoun

    One of ten equal parts of a whole.

  3. tenthadjective

    The ordinal form of the number ten.

  4. Etymology: From. Old English had teoþa (origin of Modern English tithe), but the force of analogy to the cardinal number "ten" caused Middle English speakers to recreate the regular ordinal and re-insert the nasal consonant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tenthadjective

    First after the ninth; ordinal of ten.

    Etymology: teowa , Saxon.

    It may be thought the less strange if others cannot do as much at the tenth or twentieth trial, as we did after much practice. Boyle.

  2. Tenthnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Of all the horses,
    The treasure in the field atchiev’d, and city,
    We render you the tenth. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    By decimation and a tithed death,
    If thy revenges hunger for that food
    Which nature loaths, take thou the destin’d tenth. William Shakespeare.

    To purchase but the tenth of all their store,
    Would make the mighty Persian monarch poor. Dryden.

    Suppose half an ounce of silver now worth a bushel of wheat; but should there be next year a scarcity, five ounces of silver would purchase but one bushel: so that money would be then nine tenths less worth in respect of food. John Locke.

    With cheerful heart
    The tenth of thy increase bestow, and own
    Heav’n’s bounteous goodness, that will sure repay
    Thy grateful duty. Philips.


  1. tenth

    The tenth refers to each of ten equal parts into which something is or may be divided. It is often expressed as the fraction 1/10 or the decimal 0.1. In broader contexts, it may also mean the position in a sequence or ordered list corresponding to that particular number.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenthadjective

    next in order after the ninth; coming after nine others

  2. Tenthadjective

    constituting or being one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided

  3. Tenthnoun

    the next in order after the ninth; one coming after nine others

  4. Tenthnoun

    the quotient of a unit divided by ten; one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided

  5. Tenthnoun

    the tenth part of annual produce, income, increase, or the like; a tithe

  6. Tenthnoun

    the interval between any tone and the tone represented on the tenth degree of the staff above it, as between one of the scale and three of the octave above; the octave of the third

  7. Tenthnoun

    a temporary aid issuing out of personal property, and granted to the king by Parliament; formerly, the real tenth part of all the movables belonging to the subject

  8. Tenthnoun

    the tenth part of the annual profit of every living in the kingdom, formerly paid to the pope, but afterward transferred to the crown. It now forms a part of the fund called Queen Anne's Bounty

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tenth

    tenth, adj. the last of ten: next in order after the ninth.—n. one of ten equal parts.—adv. Tenth′ly, in the tenth place.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'tenth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2804

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenth in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tenth in a Sentence

  1. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Some statesmen have been tagged as having great 'foresight' in their deliberations and activities. Are there any historical records of outstanding statesmen as possessing 'sight' in the ninth, tenth or double digit degree in their particular category of achievement?

  2. Refugees Antonio Guterres:

    We consider that one tenth of the Syrian refugees in the region should be resettled.

  3. Horace Walpole:

    Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.

  4. William Feather:

    Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.

  5. John Dubczak:

    Detection is down to one part per trillion, but we can take it down to a tenth of a trillion, and further orders of magnitude more sensitive.

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