dozen

Definitions

  • I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em
    I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dozen denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
    • n dozen the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed
    • Dozen A collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows. "Some six or seven dozen of Scots.""A dozen of shirts to your back.""A dozen dozen friends."
    • Dozen An indefinite small number.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Levi Strauss blue jeans with copper rivets were priced at $13.50 per dozen in 1874.
    • n dozen A collection of twelve things; twelve units: used with or without of: as, a dozen eggs, or a dozen of eggs; twelve dozen pairs of gloves. Like other numerical terms denoting more than a few, dozen is often used for an indefinitely great number: as, I have a dozen things to attend to at once. Abbreviated doz.
    • n dozen In old English law, a municipal district consisting originally of twelve families or householders. Compare tithing, riding, hundred.
    • dozen To make up into bundles of twelve, as certain kinds of dressed hides.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest, Type A-H, has been found in less than a dozen people since the type was discovered.
    • v.t Dozen (Scot.) to stupefy
    • adj Dozen duz′n two and ten, or twelve
    • n Dozen a collection of twelve articles
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Quotations

  • Malcolm S. Forbes
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    “If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.”
  • Brad Pitt
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    “Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen.”
  • Ella Higginson
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    “Forgive you? -- Oh, of course, dear, a dozen times a week! We women were created forgiveness but to speak.”
  • Wendy Craig
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    “One rose says more than the dozen”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.”

Idioms

Baker's dozen - A Baker's dozen is 13 rather than 12.
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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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Six of one and half-a-dozen of the other - This is an idiom used when there is little or no difference between two options.
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Talk nineteen to the dozen - If someone talks very quickly, they talk nineteen to the dozen.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. doseine, dosein, OF. doseine, F. douzaine, fr. douze, twelve, fr. L. duodecim,; duo, two + decem, ten. See Two Ten, and cf. Duodecimal

Usage

In literature:

Down and up again a dozen times, he pushed feverishly forward.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Dozens of people took heed of the warning and ran up to the hills.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
A little later the punghulo came up with a half-dozen shikaris, or hunters, and a pack of hunting dogs.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
The short man was some half-dozen paces in the rear; and moving in a fashion altogether different.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Billy had taken Roderick that evening, and there were a half-dozen more.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
In these last dozen years I had come to know the details of their lives as intimately as my own.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
I can enumerate half a dozen now.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
A dozen or more men and women stood around, staring at Daoud.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The latter was now raised, and displayed a table with half a dozen chairs.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
A man may sail round the world a dozen times, an' there's still something he's got to learn.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
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In poetry:

There's a fiddler in the street,
And the children all are dancing:
Two dozen lightsome feet
Springing and prancing.
"The Fiddler" by Robert Fuller Murray
In that great swell, above your fobs,
A swell outdone by few,
If empty, then a dozen gods
Might dance a jig or two.
"To The Corpulent Counsellor W--" by William Hutton
Dear, 'twas a dozen lives ago;
But that I was a lucky man
The Toyokuni here will show:
I loved you--once--in old Japan.
"Ballade Of A Toyokuni Colour-Print" by William Ernest Henley
The Moon’s a snowball. See the drifts
Of white that cross the sphere.
The Moon’s a snowball, melted down
A dozen times a year.
"What The Snow Man Said" by Vachel Lindsay
Mine be a flat beside the Hill;
A vendor's cry shall soothe my ear
A landlord shall present his bill
At least a dozen times a year.
"A Wish" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I min' a waddin' I was at,
A dozen guid Scotch miles away;
I danced until they a' did glowre,
An' whisper—"Whaur does he come frae?"
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Roberto Moreiro wants his new restaurant to stand out among the dozens of others packed into this Cuban enclave in Hudson County.
His résumé boasted that he ran dozens of businesses, owned a 2,330-acre cattle farm, and was an artist, an author and a major in the Special Forces.
There are dozens of historical reenactments taking place in Boston every summer.
The plant uses steam for clean-in-place sterilization of up to a dozen 10,000-gal syrup tanks and two fillers for bottle .
Makes about 2 ½ dozen.
The series opens in February with performances by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band , Bruce Cockburn and Solas.
The Whigs, Maze, Dirty Dozen Brass Band , American Music Celebration.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band reclaims top spot on WEMU's "Sweet 16".
Dirty Dozen Brass Band continue marching out in front of all others in WEMU's "Sweet 16".
Dirty Dozen Brass Band coming to Westcott Theater in Syracuse.
Ephrem Powell of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, May 6, 2006.
From the first huffing bass notes from Kirk Joseph's sousaphone tuba on the very first cut off the first album by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band , you know you're about to be entranced for a lifetime.
The series opens in February with performances by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bruce Cockburn and Solas.
The Whigs, Maze, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, American Music Celebration.
Standout in TV Westerns also appeared in dozens of shows like "Maverick," "Black Saddle" and "Branded.".
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In science:

Follow-up confirmation observations were undertaken in the half-dozen cases where the resulting folded data showed a pulsar-like signature (i.e., in cases where a signal was well-localized in period/DM phase space).
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
The coherence length of the BEC is thought to be from hundreds to thousands of ˚A, whereas the spatial scale of disorder is the pore size in the glass, which is dozens of ˚A.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
After the electronic computer was invented dozens of algorithms have been published which generates all the permutations of Sn by a computer.
Permutation Generation: Two New Permutation Algorithms
In our galaxy, a dozen X-ray sources have been detected in globular clusters (Verbunt et al. 1995).
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
The gas emission is located following the disk blue sources in the region. A dozen sources show Hα emission counterparts in the inner dust disk.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
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