• It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs
    It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fifty being ten more than forty
    • n fifty a United States bill worth 50 dollars
    • n fifty the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There have been over fifty million Mr. Potato Heads sold since it came out in 1952
    • Fifty A symbol representing fifty units, as 50, or l.
    • a Fifty Five times ten; as, fifty men.
    • Fifty The sum of five tens; fifty units or objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest fish in the world is the whale shark. It can weigh several tons and grow to more than fifty feet in length
    • fifty Five times ten; ten more than forty, or one more than forty-nine: a cardinal numeral.
    • n fifty The sum of five tens, or of forty-nine and one.
    • n fifty A symbol representing this number, as 50, L, or 1
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately fifty Bibles sold each minute across the world
    • adj., n Fifty fif′ti five tens or five times ten
    • n Fifty a fiftieth part
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  • Alan Bleasdale
    Alan Bleasdale
    “I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.”
  • Prue Leith
    Prue Leith
    “When you get to fifty-two food becomes more important than sex.”
  • Max Lerner
    “The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fīftig,; akin to OHG. finfzug, fimfzuc, G. fünfzig, funfzig, Goth. fimftigjus,. See Five, and Ten, and cf. Fifteen


In literature:

A quart contains fourteen hundred and fifty seeds, and will plant a hundred and fifty hills.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
A big contractor wanted fifty men immediately.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Fifty guns were within that cover, and the fifty cast their thunderbolts full against the dark blue line.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The house (with some addition) is still standing on Lyndale Avenue between Fifty Third and Fifty Fourth streets.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
The owner of the A T O was a heavy-set, powerful man in the early fifties.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
We were steaming to our Northern hospital from the deep bay which runs in a hundred and fifty miles.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
And a similar story was told by an American medical officer who was invalided home in charge of over fifty wounded Americans.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Committee of Fifty, differences with Committee of Fifty-one, i.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
They said there were two hundred and fifty thousan' o' them passed.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Price Fifty cents each.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz

In poetry:

'Tis five-and-fifty years gone by,
Since from the River Plate,
A young man, in a home-bound ship,
I sailed as second mate.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
Turnips, apples, hops and peas,
And the spike when times are slack,
Fifty years I've tobied it
For these clothes upon my back.’
"A Dressed Man" by George Orwell
When Pope has fill'd the margins round,
Why then recall your loan;
Sell them to Curll for fifty pound,
And swear they are your own.
"Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers" by Jonathan Swift
"And aye, at ilka siller hem,
Hang fifty siller bells and ten;
This gudely gift shall be her ain,
And let me be lighter of my bairn."
"Willie's Ladye" by Andrew Lang
I do not know his Lady fair,
Who in a bath of milk doth lie;
More milk than could feed fifty babes,
That for the want of it must die.
"Who I Know" by William H Davies
Her skirt was o the grass-green silk,
Her mantle o the velvet fyne,
At ilka tett of her horse's mane
Hang fifty siller bells and nine.
"Thomas The Rhymer" by Anonymous British

In news:

Your readers may be interested in the following declaration of support for Salman Rushdie signed by about fifty prominent Iranians living in exile.
Fifty percent off the first three months of cancer medicine.
Fifty-Five Fate Randy Rosera's Hardtop 'Vert.
Fifty underprivileged and at-risk children learned how to play baseball and softball at the Cal Ripken, Sr.
Fans of the steamy "Fifty Shades of Grey" series can live out their fantasies from the popular trilogy at the adults-only Hedonism II Resort & Spa in Jamaica.
CFN Gazette staff Something tells us Roy Johnson would've loved Fifty Shades of Grey, especially in the bathroom.
Fifty renowned artists were invited to make a piece that originated from the remains of Robin Wood's wood-turning le ft overs.
Back in the early Fifties, when Gerry Mulligan formed his famous quartet with Chet Baker, it was without a piano to provide that front line with the ultimate harmonic freedom.
Fifty cents won't buy a cup of coffee any more, or even a candy bar.
Uniquely Japanese-American fare in a Fifties diner setting.
Frankie Santiago & Edward Sonderling: Real life 'Fifty Shades' goes horribly wrong.
Once again let us peer briefly at 1955 and see how your wife handles a typical family helicopter as she flies fifty miles to spend an hour with a friend.
Fifty years later those kids mostly didn't die, so the average was higher.
An accounting of fifty years' worth of Darts is hardly a balm for an industry careening through a wrenching transition.
Why not share as much as possible now, fifty years later.

In science:

Penrose, ”Why new physics is needed to understand the mind”, in What is Life? The Next Fifty Years, editors M.P.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Jackiw in “Fifty Years of Yang-Mills Theory”, G. ’t Hooft, ed. (World Scientific, Singapore, 2005).
Topological Mass Generation in Four Dimensions
Fifty-nine events were classified as Ke4 , three as K + → π+ µ−µ+ and four as Kπ2 or Kπ2γ (including events with apparent π0 → e+ e−γ decays).
Study of the decay K+ => pi+,nu,nubar in the momentum region 140
Twenty years later he again measured the relative position of some of his stars and found fifty pairs where the position angle had changed by between 5 and 51 degrees.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The same idea had been expressed fifty years earlier by Bessel (1822), whose assistant Argelander had been at the time. The work started almost immediately, but proceeded slowly in some places, the last results appearing in 1910 for the northern declinations and in 1954 for the southern.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years