dime

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dime street name for a packet of illegal drugs that is sold for ten dollars
    • n dime a United States coin worth one tenth of a dollar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A dime has 118 ridges around the edge
    • n Dime dīm A silver coin of the United States, of the value of ten cents; the tenth of a dollar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have$1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without beingable tomake change for a dollar.
    • n dime A tithe.
    • n dime The number ten.
    • n dime A silver coin of the United States, of the value of 10 cents, being the tenth part of a dollar, worth about pence English.
    • dime Sold for a dime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest frog is the "Brazilian baby frog", which is smaller than a dime
    • n Dime dīm the tenth part of an American dollar, 10 cents, nearly equal to 5d
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Quotations

  • Spencer Tracy
    Spencer Tracy
    “There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.”
  • Anzia Yezierska
    Anzia Yezierska
    “Give a beggar a dime and he'll bless you. Give him a dollar and he'll curse you for withholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole at the bottom.”
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    Phyllis%20Mcginley
    “Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!”
  • Vince Lombardi
    Vince%20Lombardi
    “Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.”
  • Brad Pitt
    Brad Pitt
    “Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen.”
  • Doug Horton
    Doug%20Horton
    “Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free.”

Idioms

At a drop of a dime - (USA) If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation.
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Dime a dozen - (USA) If something is a dime a dozen, it is extremely common, possibly too common.
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Drop a dime - (USA) If you drop a dime, you inform the police about someone's illegal activities.
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Stop on a dime - (USA) If something like a vehicle stops on a dime, it stops very quickly and accurately.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dîme, tithe, OF. disme, fr. L. decimus, the tenth, fr. decem, ten. See Decimal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., orig. disme, from L. decima (pars, a part, being understood), a tenth part.

Usage

In literature:

The other was the thinnest man I ever saw outside a Bowery dime-show.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
She had bought for herself some jujube paste, but in returning had lost the other dime.
"Dotty Dimple's Flyaway" by Sophie May
Id's dime we go 'ome.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
Here is a dime for yourself.
"The Outdoor Girls in Florida" by Laura Lee Hope
The venerable man of medicin closed her star-lit eyes now forever dimed to this world.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VI. (of X.)" by Various
The old gentleman wasn't cross; he gave me a dime, and I like him first-rate.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, January 1878, No. 3" by Various
Thus it was that I rarely had the twenty-five cents; it was oftener a dime.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
Not effery vun gan pe hypnoticed te fairst dime; bud ve vill try.
"Double Trouble" by Herbert Quick
The born Westerner never has got used to dimes and nickels.
"Roughing it De Luxe" by Irvin S. Cobb
Maype I fight him some dime pime-py right avay soon alretty yet.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
I serf in der army my dime.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Some sold cakes of chocolate, and others peanuts, while some of the larger boys ran errands or did other work to earn dimes and nickles.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony" by Laura Lee Hope
The ancient Pythoness must have a hecatomb, the writing medium a dollar, and the modern Pythoness of the platform a dime.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
An' I hev got a dime ter pay at the mill; it war lent ter my dad las' week.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
When Collie and Billy Dime returned with gunnysacks and an old blanket, the sun had warmed the air.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
If there are any Canadian dimes around, we're sure to get them.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
If you haven't got the dime handy I can add it on the bill.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
We reckoned, however, without Aggie's missionary dime.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
I would have backed him with my last dime.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
With them pink cheeks and black eyes, I wish I had a dime for every chance.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
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In poetry:

Mr. Henry Ford
Had a little secret hoard,
To which he would add a dime
From time to time.
"Clerihew – Henry Ford" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
We reached it at the noonday hours,
Coming from the scrub-aisles dime and cool,
Laden with ferns and lilies white,
And rested by it’s deepest pool.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist
Chorus:
I've got a hundred thousand dollars worth of pennies,
Not a solitary dollar or a dime,
And I don't believe there's many,
Rich men with a problem like mine.
"100,000 Pennies" by Shel Silverstein
He wondered at the zebras wild,
Nor knew 'em painted donkeys;
An' when he gave the boys a dime
For cakes to feed the monkeys,
He never thought, in any shape,
He had descended from an ape!
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Twinkling bright through the shadowing limes.
The brook rains a sparkle of silver rhymes
On the dragon-fly, its neighbour;
It pays no duty in dollars and dimes,
For its work is all love-labour.
"In the Country" by Kate Seymour Maclean
In vain our little hour we strut and fret,
And mouth our wretched parts as for a bet:
We cannot please the tragicaster Time.
To gain the crystal sphere, the silver dime,
Where Sympathy sits dimpling on us yet,
Let us be drunk!
"Let Us Be Drunk" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Did you know Lee County commissioners and staff members have a private plane they can use to jet around the state and they don't have to pay a dime.
Then, meet two real housewives from Bucks County who are doing it themselves on a dime.
I don't want to puncture conventional wisdom, but Mark Zuckerbergs are a dime a dozen.
Ever heard the expression "that and a dime will get you a cup of coffee".
(AP) — The March of Dimes Foundation has persuaded 35 of Oregon's 58 hospitals to stop scheduling early deliveries unless there's a medical reason.
The March of Dimes Foundation has persuaded 35 of Oregon's 58 hospitals to stop scheduling early deliveries unless there's a medical reason.
Travel writing, like any profession, has its advantages, the most obvious being the job itself: exploring faraway places on someone else's dime.
I am always up for the challenge of decorating on a dime, so I found a few ideas that are adorable and won't hurt your pocketbook.
Going exclusively with nickel and dime packages, the defense gave up 117 rushing yards in the first half but did enough to help the Packers to a 27-20 victory over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
A dime can make a big difference .
Instead she asks for dimes , but usually she gets much more, and places them in a tall glass behind the bar.
Each year, Suscavage counts up the dimes , nickels, quarters and dollars and writes a check for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Five & Dime , Where Easter is a Family Affair.
Nickels and dimes are the new pennies.
No one lives better on US dime than Obama.
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In science:

DIMES also provides a sensitive test for early energy releases, such as the decay of exotic heavy particles or metric perturbations from GUT and Planck-era physics.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
DIMES will provide a substantial increase in sensitivity for non-zero chemical potential (Figure 11).
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
DIMES will map radio freefree emission from the warm ionized interstellar medium.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
The DIMES sensitivity for a 6-month mission is shown.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
Instrument Description Figure 13 shows a schematic of the DIMES instrument.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
With temperature held constant, the target will then move to cover the short-wavelength antennas: DIMES will measure small spectral shifts about a precise blackbody, greatly reducing dependence on instrument calibration and stability.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
DIMES uses multiple levels of differences to reduce the effects of offset, drifts, and instrumental signatures.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
DIMES will remove the residual instrument signature by comparing the sky to an external full-aperture blackbody target.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
DIMES will not be limited by raw sensitivity.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
The DIMES spectra are derived from comparison of the sky to the external blackbody target.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
The largest systematic uncertainties arise from thermal drifts or gradients within the target and emission from warm ob jects outside the DIMES dewar (e.g., the Earth).
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
DIMES will eliminate atmospheric emission completely by observing from low Earth orbit.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
The group J/J 1 is isomorphic to a Levi subgroup of GL(R, kE ), where R = dimE (V ) and kE denotes the residue class field of E . A certain irreducible cuspidal representation of J/J 1 is chosen and is inflated to the representation, σ , of J .
On types for unramified p-adic unitary groups
We can choose a (maximal) self-dual oE -lattice chain Lm in V satisfying (1) L ⊂ Lm , (2) the oE -period of Lm is equal to R = dimE (V ).
On types for unramified p-adic unitary groups
By the Witt basis V of (2.2.2), we express elements of B× ∩ G in matrix form, that is, B× ∩ G is embedded in GL(R, E ), where R = dimE (V ).
On types for unramified p-adic unitary groups
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