dollar

Definitions

  • He Took out a Five-dollar Bill 159
    He Took out a Five-dollar Bill 159
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dollar a symbol of commercialism or greed "he worships the almighty dollar","the dollar sign means little to him"
    • n dollar a United States coin worth one dollar "the dollar coin has never been popular in the United States"
    • n dollar a piece of paper money worth one dollar
    • n dollar the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 cents
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A diller, a dollar A diller, a dollar
TWO DOLLARS PER BREEZE TWO DOLLARS PER BREEZE
It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs
ELEVEN DAYS FOR ELEVEN DOLLARS ELEVEN DAYS FOR ELEVEN DOLLARS
"HENRIETTE WAS TESTING THE FIFTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PIANO" "HENRIETTE WAS TESTING THE FIFTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PIANO"
A check for one hundred dollars A check for one hundred dollars
"TO MAKE FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS CLEAR, AN' HELP THE CHILDREN TOO." "TO MAKE FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS CLEAR, AN' HELP THE CHILDREN TOO."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Retail sales for soft drinks in the United States in 2001 were more than sixty billion dollars
    • dollar A coin of the same general weight and value as the United States silver dollar, though differing slightly in different countries, formerly current in Mexico, Canada, parts of South America, also in Spain, and several other European countries.
    • dollar A gold coin of the United States containing 23.22 grains of gold and 2.58 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 25.8 grains, nine-tenths fine. It is no longer coined.
    • dollar A silver coin of the United States containing 371.25 grains of silver and 41.25 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 412.5 grains.
    • dollar The value of a dollar; the unit of currency, differing in value in different countries, commonly employed in the United States and a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, parts of the Carribbean, Liberia, and several others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months
    • n dollar The English name of the large silver German coin called thaler: also applied to similar coins of the Low Countries and of Scandinavia; to the large silver coin of Spain, the celebrated “Spanish dollar,” or peso, also called pillar dollar (from its figure of the Pillars of Hercules) and piece of eight (as containing 8 reals); and later to a large silver coin succeeding the Spanish dollar in Spanish America.
    • n dollar The monetary unit or standard of value of the United States and Canada, containing 100 cents, and equal to about 4s. 1⅓d. English. In the United States it is represented in the currency by gold and silver coins and by notes; in Canada by notes only. A two-dollar gold coin is current in Newfoundland. This unit was established in the United States under the confederation of the States, by resolution of Congress, July 6th, 1787. It was represented by a silver piece, the coinage of which was authorized by the act of Congress, August 8th, 1786, by which was also established the decimal system of coinage. The coinage was not begun until two years after the law of April 2d, 1792, establishing the mint. That law provided for the coinage of “dollars or units, each to be of the value of a Spanish milled dollar,” as that coin was then current, and to contain 371¼ grains of pure silver, or 416 grains of standard silver. The Spanish dollar above mentioned was that struck in Spanish America. Spanish-American dollars, and coins representing halves, quarters, eighths, and sixteenths of them (the last two known as shillings and sixpences in New York and some other States, and by other names elsewhere), were abundant in the United States during the latter part of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century. The Spanish dollar coined in Spain was rare, but the intrinsic value of the two coins was the same. By an act of January 18th, 1837, the dollar was made to consist of 412½ grains fine, the quantity of pure silver remaining the same, 371¼ grains. This dollar, being worth in market value from 100 to 104 cents, went out of circulation. An act of March 3d, 1849, directed the coinage of gold dollars of 25.8 grains fine, 23.22 being pure gold; and by act of February 12th, 1873, this was declared the unit of value of the United States. An act of February 28th, 1878, directed the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase silver bullion, not less than $2,000,000 nor more than $4,000,000 per month, and cause it to be coined into standard silver dollars. The coins representing fractional parts of the dollar are: in silver, the half-dollar and quarter-dollar, or 50-cent and 25-cent pieces, and the dime or 10-cent piece; in nickel, the half-dime or 5-cent piece (originally in silver, and inconveniently small); and in bronze, the cent (originally in copper, and much larger) and the 2-cent piece. There is also a 3-cent piece, originally coined in silver and afterward in nickel, which has been little used owing to its inconvenient smallness in both forms. By the term dollar in the United States notes is intended the coined dollar of the United States, a certain quantity in weight and fineness of gold or silver, authenticated as such by the stamp of the government. Sometimes abbreviated dol., but commonly represented by the symbol $ (the dollar-mark) before the number.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1990, over 4 billion dollars of coffee was imported into the United States.
    • n Dollar dol′ar a silver coin (= 100 cents) of U.S.A., Mexico, Singapore, &c. The U.S.A. dollar = about 4s. 2d. sterling
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Quotations

  • Josh Billings
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    “The happiest time in a man's life is when he is in the red hot pursuit of a dollar with a reasonable prospect of overtaking it.”
  • Imelda Marcos
    Imelda Marcos
    “I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
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    “If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.”
  • Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    “I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars.”
  • William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan
    “No one can earn a million dollars honestly.”
  • William Binger
    William Binger
    “A man is a person that will pay two dollars for a one dollar item he wants. A woman will pay one dollar for a two dollar item she doesn't want.”

Idioms

A day late and a dollar short - (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.
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Bet your bottom dollar - (USA) If you can bet your bottom dollar on something, you can be absolutely sure about it.
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Dollars for doughnuts - (USA) If something is dollars for doughnuts, it is a sure bet or certainty.
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Pennies on the dollar - (USA) If something is pennies on the dollar, it's much cheaper than it cost originally.
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Sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question - The sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question is the most important question that can be asked about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. daalder, LG. dahler, G. thaler, an abbreviation of Joachimsthaler, i. e., a piece of money first coined, about the year 1518, in the valley (G. thal,) of St. Joachim, in Bohemia. See Dale
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger., short for Joachimsthaler, because first coined at the silver mines in Joachimsthal (Joachim's dale) in Bohemia—Low Ger. daler, Sw., Dan. daler.

Usage

In literature:

The rates of payment are from a dollar and seventy-five cents to two dollars and a half a day, meals included.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
He had marked six hundred dollars a year and expenses, and I had put down thousand dollars and expenses.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I have a hundred dollars in gold laid away for you.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
They charged me half a dollar to fix out the application.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
This chap says he'll bet anything from one hundred dollars to ten thousand dollars.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Being mistress of a fortune of thirty thousand dollars, left by her mother, she had funds enough for her purpose.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
His salary was two hundred dollars a year less than the janitor's.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
There was some over forty dollars.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
Haven't you got five dollars?
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
Frohman had only one dollar in his pocket and borrowed the other dollar from Dixey.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
He displayed his thousand dollar roll and peeled therefrom a ten-dollar bill.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
At no time in the history of the United States has the power of dollars been as great as now.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
Your cousin leaves us ten thousand dollars, and assures us an annual income of two thousand dollars.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger
Twenty men at three hundred dollars a head meant six thousand dollars.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I have a hundred dollars in gold laid away for you.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
They say doctors charge a dollar a visit, and that will make seven dollars a week.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
The value of a mark of silver in the mint is 8 dollars 4 reales; that of a mark of gold is 144 dollars 4 reales.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Every foot had cost him many dollars, and it remained but an imperfect imitation of an English lawn.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
And his sojourn cost him a good many dollars, dollars which he shed unstintingly, even without counting.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He drew from his pocket a ten-dollar bill, a five-dollar bill, a two-dollar bill, and some loose change.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
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In poetry:

Shall we hoard up our dollars?
Shall farmers hold their wheat,
While children suffer hunger,
And workmen walk the street?
"What Owest Thou" by Abner Cosens
‘One dollar,’ said the nakd man,
‘And that's a hog too dear;
I've seen a man strip off his shirt
For a fag and a pot of beer.’
"A Dressed Man" by George Orwell
A scuffle quickly now ensued;
With moral power they were endued.
They fired,—they missed,—they fired again,—
"Two thousand dollars" lost—and men!
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The stolen dollar in Larry's pocket
Turned a bullet to Harry's side—
It missed by a hair his mother's locket:
The thief lives yet and the good man died.
""You Never Can Tell"" by George Sterling
She spent my shining dollars like a queen,
Away boys, walk away together!
Her eye 'twas blacker than was ever seen,
Twice again for luck and better weather!
"Yangtse River Shanty" by Hamish Maclaren
And I don't think this is any
Kind of ending to a perfect crime.
I've got a hundred thousand dollars worth of pennies,
And I'm spendin' it a penny at a time!
"100,000 Pennies" by Shel Silverstein

In news:

The donation will support the expansion of the Playhouse's Meredith campus and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a local benefactor, resulting in a $50,000 contribution.
The day's first business at the Dollar Tree Store in Petoskey was a typical dollar store transaction - some cheap merchandise exchanged for a couple of bucks.
Two first-time Maui political hopefuls are among the few Hawaii candidates to so far tap into the state's public funding program that matches dollar-for-dollar campaign contributions of $100 or less.
"A dollar's work for a dollar's pay," is how Marshall mainstay Hector Elizondo puts it in The Flamingo Kid.
This battle of the bands featured 10 acts vying for a chance to win a $00 dollar grand prize, a $200 hundred dollar second prize and the top three winners get to play at Great Adventure's "Fright Fest".
Rep Silvestre Reyes spent $1.24 million -- more than three dollars for every dollar his leading opponent spent -- in an unsuccessful effort to secure the Democratic Party nomination for a ninth term in Congress.
Certain members of Congress are trying to push a new piece of legislation, S 2049, which would permanently replace the dollar bill with another dollar coin.
Would you like to work for a company that, when facing millions of dollars in lawsuits, buys you a multimillion-dollar house.
Dollar for dollar, other universities may provide a comparable education with Harvard University (shown here in this May 2010 photo).
Dollar General and Family Dollar both have plans to expand the number of stores in Vermont this year.
Dollar for dollar, maybe the best whiskey on the market.
Quietly forking over a few hundred or thousand dollars as the cost of retaining thousands of dollars in annual commissions or fees often seems a no-brainer to many stockbrokers .
Vases can be purchased for a dollar at The Dollar Store.
View full size Terry Richard/The Oregonian The view from Dollar Mountain takes in Dollar Lake and Bonneville Mountain.
Men in a traffic stop after finding them travelling with thirty-one pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of fifty-thousand dollars, and nine-thousand dollars in cash.
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In science:

For example, one of the characteristics measured to determine the Availability of Sufficient Funds is the dollar amount of funds allocated to the process.
Determining the Applicability of Agile Practices to Mission and Life-critical Systems
Eruptive Filaments The identification of the driving force that disrupts filaments and CMEs, a prerequisite for space weather prediction, is a million-dollar question.
Astrophysics in 2006
Their 37 RV Tauri stars are a lot for that experiment, and there is evidence for extinction associated with the arms. 38,000 dollars in the salary of an average US postdoc (Sigma Xi 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
As for the primitive notion of probability I have in mind something like this: the probability that when you next check your mail box you will find a package with a million dollars in it is very small, c.f. section 3.
From Time-symmetric Microscopic Dynamics to Time-asymmetric Macroscopic Behavior: An Overview
In fact, as we are about to see, it seems that enough knowledge has been accumulated on this sub ject to safely conclude that whatever might justify the 10 billion dollar ITER pro ject, it is not energy research.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Each of them appears to be large enough to raise serious doubts about the viability of the chosen approach to a commercial fusion reactor and thus about the 10 billion dollar ITER pro ject.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
According to the 2006 Fitch survey, the total nominal value of credit derivatives at the end of 2005 stood at nearly 12 trillion dollars, nearly half of which was constituted by CDS.
Credit derivatives: instruments of hedging and factors of instability. The example of ?Credit Default Swaps? on French reference entities
Regarding the last two items note that in our utility-based valuation framework the prices of non-replicable derivatives have non-linear dependence on trading quantities, that is, the price of q such securities each valued at p dollars is different from qp dollars.
Overview of utility-based valuation
Denote by Φ the terminal wealth of the strategy used for the investment per dollar of ∆x.
Overview of utility-based valuation
R(x)/R0 (x), the investor’s decision how to spend an ”extra dollar”.
Overview of utility-based valuation
It is of course true that a ma jor accelerator pro ject requires billions of dollars, forefront technological expertise, and a huge construction pro ject.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
Recent studies have shown that a laser with sufficient phase stability to drive such a cavity is probably ahievable with current technology and would cost in the vicinity of 20 million dollars.
Photon Linear Collider Gamma-Gamma Summary
For instance, Xi = log(Si+1/Si ) based on the average price Si of silver in US dollars on day i.
An asymptotic total variation test for copulas
Contour and 3D plots of complex comparisons based on real data: Euro-Dollar (left panel); Silver-Gold (right panel).
An asymptotic total variation test for copulas
In particular, they paid one US dollar ($1) to each of 400 unique Mechanical Turk workers to write a fake positive (5-star) review for one of the 20 most heavily-reviewed Chicago hotels on TripAdvisor.
Estimating the Prevalence of Deception in Online Review Communities
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