decade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n decade the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system
    • n decade a period of 10 years
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "naked recreation and travel" industry has grown by 233% in the past decade
    • n Decade A group or division of ten; esp., a period of ten years; a decennium; as, a decade of years or days; a decade of soldiers; the second decade of Livy. "During this notable decade of years."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As of 1996, Hee Haw holds the record for the longest running weekly first-run syndicated show in the history of television. It spanned over 4 decades, from the late '60s to the early '90s, airing every Saturday night at 7:00.
    • n decade See decad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: DaVinci wrote notebook entries in mirror (backwards) script, a trick that kept many of his observations from being widely known until decades after his death. It is believed that he was hiding his scientific ideas from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, whose teachings sometimes disagreed with what Leonardo observed.
    • n Decade dek′ād dek′ad, a group of ten, esp. a series of ten years
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Quotations

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    “Thirty -- the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
  • James Thurber
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    “The difference between our decadence and the Russians is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.”
  • Constance Baker Motley
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    “Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. décade, L. decas, -adis, fr. Gr. , fr. de`ka ten. See Ten
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. décade—Gr. dekasdeka, ten.

Usage

In literature:

Spain had made no such advances; in fact, until the decade of the Armada, she hardly had such a thing as a royal navy.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
But a backward glance of one decade more shows France dominating the Continent.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
They ended by not tolerating the least symptom of decadence.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
Yet in the decade between 1850 and 1860 you will find facts in the newspapers which are nowhere else set down.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
For seventy years we have had these census tables, announcing these great truths more and more clearly at each decade.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
Greggson, get half a decade of your best troops together in the main gym as soon as you can.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
He breathed a sigh of relief when the card proved to activate this vehicle as well; he might have had to go through a decade or so.
"Hostage" by Ann Wilson
Height and weight increased perceptibly with every passing decade.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
In a decade Napoleon made much history, and he likewise did much for the royal palaces of France.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
The last decade of Charles Frohman's life was one of continuous star-making linked with far-flung enterprise.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
It is a style that was replaced, but not one that died the death of decadence.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
A decade passed, and again he was seen in Paris.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
A decade and a half ago, there was a vigorous campaign for the establishment of university extension throughout the United States.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
That dustbin was the outward and visible sign of the decadence of Sapp.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The sixties were the highwater meritocracy from the foremost "me decade".
"Coming to Grips with White Knuckles" by Paul Cameron Brown
If corruption was flagrant in the early decades of the nineteenth century, it was triply so in the middle decades.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
When Sylac was first used officially three decades ago, it looked as if it might be a help.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
The decade preceding the civil war was indeed a period of much agitation.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Production, however, reached a peak in the latter part of that decade.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Someone told me there that the school is decadent.
"Earthsmith" by Milton Lesser
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In poetry:

"Must all races prove decadent?
Shall not one produce in time
Perfect types of men and women
In a world devoid of crime?"
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
Short summer-time and then, my heart's desire,
The winter and the darkness: one by one
The roses fall, the pale roses expire
Beneath the slow decadence of the sun.
"Transition" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Some lever that a casket's hinge has broken
Pries off a bolt, and lo! our souls are free;
Each year some Open Sesame is spoken,
And every decade drops its master-key.
"The Angel-Thief" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The last crone got burnt up
More than eight decades back
With the love-hot herb, the talking cat,
But the children are better for it,
The cow milks cream an inch thick.
"The Times Are Tidy" by Sylvia Plath
And none will dream it bore my name
Decades ago;
A scribbling fool of little fame,
Who loved life so . . .
Well, flesh is grass and Time must pass,—
Heigh ho! Heigh ho!
"The Hearth-Stone" by Robert W Service
Where, round each simple burial stone,
The grass for decades twain has grown,
Protecting them in dreamless slumber
Who perished long ago,
The multitudes defying number,
A part of war's tableau.
"Sheridan's Last Ride" by Hattie Howard

In news:

For more than a decade, there has been an international awareness day for a disease many people have still never heard of.
But energy production would likely not get underway in the coming decade.
Castle thunder recorded for Frankenstein in 1931 was used for decades in other work in film and television.
Gallery owner Cyndi Casemier is a ceramic artist and Grand Haven native who, after living on the East Coast for more than a decade, decided to bring her love of art back to the area.
Brian Orwiler, who owns Stokes Auction with LeAnn Boardman, has auctioned cars for two decades.
Auditor General William Holland has served for two decades as the state's highest auditing authority.
Having survived more than five decades, this 1956 Corvette is one of the few remaining solid-axle models that hasn't been restored.
The annual September, fall, or autumnal equinox often stumps people, but this year it coincides with Jupiter's closest pass to Earth in a decade and accompanies a large harvest moon.
Gordon Gekko brings us up to date on the last two decades of his life.
Humphrey's nightmares originated in a war fought three decades ago in the jungles of Vietnam.
They are surely the Parachute Pants of this decade.
We have become a nation enamored with fad and trendy diets for decades.
Meet a state worker who has been sharing his love for music for over 6 decades, Wayne Batty , a music teacher with VCU.
Yesterday was the preview of the inaugural Frieze New York, the first American iteration of a hip London fair that's been in place for a decade.
The press agency Tass, which obediently served Soviet leaders for seven decades, would be renamed Rita under a reorganization proposed by the Russian Government.
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In science:

Besides string theory, the other part of the standard orthodoxy of the last two decades has been the concept of a supersymmetric quantum field theory.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Originating from the physical sciences, the sub ject of random media has gained much interest over the last three decades.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
This further important theoretical progress of the last decade concerns an old concept from the thermodynamics of the glass transition, the Kauzmann temperature.
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
Exoplanet data on Saturns ( ∼ 29 year orbital period) may be available in a decade or two.
What can exoplanets tell us about our Solar System?
Since that time, and for several decades, a huge amount of investigations dealt with such a ”canonical portion” of the cluster CM diagram, lacking any observational evidence for the fainter stars we knew should populate the cluster.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
Ideals of minors of a matrix have been thoroughly studied over many decades.
Box-shaped matrices and the defining ideal of certain blowup surfaces
It has been the dominant view for over two decades that all waves are localized in two dimensions for any given amount of disorder.
Are waves all localized in two dimensional random media?
During the past three decades, Fisher droplets have become a guide for defining physical clusters.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
Fortunately, great improvement has been made in the last decade in the determination of distances and reddenings to the parent groups that contain the calibrator stars used in paper I.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
Consider now a broad distribution fB (x) whose probability spreads throughout a long tail extending over several decades (figure 2b; note the logarithmic x-scale) instead of being concentrated into a peak.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
In the last decades many promising detectors have been developed to search for non-baryonic dark matter.
MACHe3: A new generation detector for non-baryonic dark matter direct detection
There have been no essential changes in elementary particle theory during the last decades.
String Theory or Field Theory?
In fact, first experimental indications of localization effects for microwaves were reported more than a decade ago [2,3].
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Making link to the discussion in the Introduction: by pursuing the random cavity scenario Cao et. al. have intuitively arrived to the concept of prelocalized states, that was introduced in transport more than a decade ago.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
In functional analysis, random matrices and random structures have in the last two decades been used to construct Banach spaces with surprising properties.
Random matrices, free probability and the invariant subspace problem relative to a von Neumann Algebra
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