One in a thousand

Definitions

  • A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones
    A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • One in a thousand anything exceedingly rare, implying a high degree of rarity or excellence
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Quotations

  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.”
  • Groucho Marx
    Groucho%20Marx
    “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    Christian%20Nevell%20Bovee
    “The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendour of the Mighty One. I am mighty, world-destroying Time”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thúsend; Ger. tausend, Goth. thúsundi.

Usage

In literature:

Lake City is but one instance in a thousand.
"What eight million women want" by Rheta Childe Dorr
There is just one chance in a thousand that we may get a shot.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
Life, worsted daily in a thousand cruel fights, has gained one little victory.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
The Sultan-public sits in more than a thousand and one forms, and listens.
"Pictures of Sweden" by Hans Christian Andersen
There are a thousand-and-one variations in clairvoyant work.
"Clairvoyance and Occult Powers" by Swami Panchadasi
One thousand two hundred gowns and twelve thousand tunics were in a short time sent.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
In March, Vitiges, the Gothic ruler, returned with a force of one hundred and fifty thousand men.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Not one chance in a thousand, fellows, that they'll ever find it.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
If one man conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, and if another conquer himself, he is the greatest of conquerors.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
His fame increased, and the "New York Ledger" paid him ten thousand dollars for one story which he wrote in a fortnight.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
The holiday-makers stopped in a superb boarding-house on the promenade, one of about a thousand superb boarding-houses.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
But my mouth cannot declare one thing of a hundred thousand things in this matter.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
In all one thousand and five hundred men, a full estimate.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
I love you as no one loves in these days, and when I say that it is as you love me, I mean a thousand fold for every word.
"In The Palace Of The King" by F. Marion Crawford
It is true that a few servant girls are now wearing the cast-off aigrettes of their mistresses; but they are only as one in a thousand.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
There are a thousand chances against such a conclusion to one in favor of it.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
A thousand dollars in Sanger was like one hundred thousand dollars in a big city.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
These are among the most valuable and important of knots and are useful in a thousand and one places.
"Knots, Splices and Rope Work" by A. Hyatt Verrill
Mamma told me that a brewer's wife paid two thousand pounds for flowers in one month.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
In a few weeks she netted, it is said, over one hundred thousand francs.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
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In poetry:

For in Thy courts one single day
’Tis better to attend,
Than, Lord, in any place besides
A thousand days to spend.
"O God of hosts, the mighty Lord," by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Our life contains a thousand springs,
And dies if one be gone;
Strange, that a harp of thousand strings
Should keep in tune so long!
"Hymn 19" by Isaac Watts
And yet she nursed one joy, above
Her thousand charms, nor bora of them,
But blooming on a single stem—
Her true faith in her love.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
There more than one in a thousand
in the days that are yet to come,
Shall have some hope of the morrow,
some joy of the ancient home.
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris
Whither? Before their eyes is night,
"In Nazareth a light is set!" one says aloud,
A hundred thousand say it;
All see it now: To Nazareth!
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Oh, a gallant set were they,
As they charged on us that day,
A thousand riding like one!
Their trumpets crying,
And their white plumes flying,
And their sabres flashing in the sun.
"A Huguenot" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

In news:

One year ago on Feb 13, thousands of Marines led a massive assault on the violent Taliban stronghold of Marjah, a collection of farming villages in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Yangon on Monday, desperate for a glimpse of something no one had ever seen in their country before: a president of the United States.
More than one thousand customers lost power Tuesday morning after a vegetation fire that may have been sparked by a downed power line in El Cajon, according to an SDG&E spokesperson.
In the business world, your appearance can tell a thousand stories, even before one word is spoken.
Michigan's two-week firearm deer season proved a good one for hunters, despite the EHD outbreak that killed thousands of deer in southern Michigan.
One in a Thousand Ways to Save Our Bay .
Dr Michael Schwartz, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks, was one of the first surgeons in the United States to offer the recently FDA-approved Sientra® breast implants.
Thousands of sacks of dark charcoal sit atop one another in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, signs of a trade once worth some $25 million dollar a year to the Islamist extremist rebels who used to control the region.
The protesters, who witnesses said numbered in the thousands, were opposing the expansion of a state-run Sinopec plant, which is already one of the nation's largest refineries.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Steve DeGenaro may well be one of the wealthiest men in the world.
One person was injured and an electrical pole was damaged in a crash Sunday morning near Thousand Oaks, officials said.
Our partnership with SeeClickFix is one-in-a-thousand.
California is one of the states on alert for a voluntary recall of more than two thousand cases of potentially contaminated lettuce in the US and Canada.
The Bay Bridge toll plaza is one of the busiest in the nation with thousands of drivers passing through every day and it's about to get a major makeover .
(AP) — Paul Ryan rallied thousands of supporters at his second stop in Virginia in one day, sending a Fredericksburg crowd home with plenty of time to watch the second presidential debate.
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In science:

O(10), one can expect having N in the range of a few thousands.
Warm inflation dynamics in the low temperature regime
In terms of Figure 2, if there were thousands of data points and they all fell on the quartic polynomial, one would certainly be justified in using it as a model.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
We also note that, by using the intersection methods of U1 and ∆FL (Fig. 1(c) and Fig. 3), moderate system sizes suffice to locate the critical point with an accuracy better than one part in a thousand.
Finite size scaling in Ising-like systems with quenched random fields: Evidence of hyperscaling violation
The essence of the MRW method is that instead of computing thousands to millions of individual absorption or scattering events for a single photon in these optically thick regions, one can make use of the solution to the diffusion approximation inside small regions to propagate the photon efficiently.
On the Modified Random Walk for Monte-Carlo Radiation Transfer
As the price of network hardware in a cluster can vary from almost free to several thousands of dollars per computing node, the decision is not a minor one in determining the overall price of the cluster.
Cluster Computing White Paper
They found that in order to destroy connectivity in the Web one has to remove all vertices with degree greater than five, which seems like a drastic attack on the network, given that some vertices have degrees in the thousands.
The structure and function of complex networks
Figure 5 shows the time evolution of the average temperature, mass, collective radial velocity, and total kinetic energy of the biggest fragments obtained in one thousand collisions of 40Ca on 40Ca (circles) and of 48Ca on 48Ca (triangles) both at 35 M eV /A.
Dynamical aspects of isoscaling
Indeed, we need a lot of photons in order to measure the temperature in several concentric regions (at least one thousand for each independent spectrum), and to obtain the depro jected temperature profiles.
Cosmological parameters from Galaxy Clusters: an Introduction
There is not a lot of tracers of the dark matter at larger scale. Recently Klypin & Prada (2009) have computed statistically the velocity dispersion of satellites around early-type galaxies, in the Sloan Survey (SDSS). There is only one or zero satellite for each galaxy in average, but thousands of galaxies.
MOND and the Galaxies
M = [Av{| < µ|Hwk |ν > |2}] The size of the mixing is about what one might expect, as the density of states in this region is about a thousand times larger than found in light nuclei, changing the typical 1 eV value found for typical isolated weak levels to the 1 meV determined above.
Parity Violation and the Nucleon-Nucleon System
In this model, one postulates a new set of interactions with exactly the physics of QCD, but with QCD scale Λ set several thousand times larger in accord with (8).
Strong Coupling Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
In order to justify a spectrum peaked at frequencies of the order of the Petahertz (which in sonoluminescence is often interpreted as a thermal spectrum at several thousand Kelvin) one apparently needs timescales of about one femtosecond.
Comment on ``Dimensional and dynamical aspects of the Casimir effect: understanding the reality and significance of vacuum energy''
The fact that the level of anisotropy is very small (about a part in one thousand, corresponding to temperature fluctuations of some tens of µK ) simplifies the task of making theoretical prediction of the anisotropy pattern, since linear perturbation theory can be applied.
High precision cosmology
Since this polynomial degree can be in the multi thousand range one has to carefully choose a way to implement this.
A recurrence scheme for least-square optimized polynomials
The SDSS is a large, international collaboration project set up to survey 10 000 square –degrees of sky in five optical passbands and to obtain spectra of one million galaxies, 100 000 quasars, and tens of thousands of Galactic stars.
Estimation of Galactic model parameters with the SDSS and metallicity distribution in two fields in the anti-centre direction of the Galaxy
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