• Letter to Mr. Lillie. Friday Tenth May 1861
    Letter to Mr. Lillie. Friday Tenth May 1861
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tenth coming next after the ninth and just before the eleventh in position
    • n tenth a tenth part; one part in ten equal parts
    • n tenth position ten in a countable series of things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes
    • Tenth (Eng. Law) A temporary aid issuing out of personal property, and granted to the king by Parliament; formerly, the real tenth part of all the movables belonging to the subject.
    • Tenth Constituting or being one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided.
    • Tenth Next in order after the ninth; coming after nine others.
    • Tenth (Mus) The interval between any tone and the tone represented on the tenth degree of the staff above it, as between one of the scale and three of the octave above; the octave of the third.
    • Tenth The next in order after the ninth; one coming after nine others.
    • Tenth The quotient of a unit divided by ten; one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided.
    • Tenth The tenth part of annual produce, income, increase, or the like; a tithe.
    • Tenth (Eng. Law) The tenth part of the annual profit of every living in the kingdom, formerly paid to the pope, but afterward transferred to the crown. It now forms a part of the fund called Queen Anne's Bounty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have figured out that the speed of nerve impulses in the brain is 404 feet per second. If an idea is complex enough to take 100 nerve messages from one side of the brain to the other, the thought could be completed in less than a tenth of a second.
    • tenth Last in order of a series of ten; preceded by nine of the same kind; next in order after that which is ninth: an ordinal numeral.
    • tenth Being one of ten equal portions or sections.
    • n tenth One of ten equal parts into which anything may be divided; a tithe.
    • n tenth In early English law, a tithe of the rents of the year, or of movables, or both, granted or levied by way of tax. When a tenth was the rate fixed for towns and demesnes, that for the counties exclusive of towns and demesnes was usually a fifteenth.
    • n tenth Eccles., the tenth part of the annual profit of every living in England, formerly paid to the Pope, but by statute transferred to the crown, and afterward made a part of the fund called Queen Anne's bounty.
    • n tenth In music: The interval, whether melodic or harmonic, between any tone and a tone one octave and two degrees distant from it; also, a tone distant by such an interval from a given tone; a compound third.
    • n tenth An organ-stop giving tones a tenth above the normal pitch of the digitals used; a decima, or double tierce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chiao is an official unit of currency in China. Also known as jiao, it is a copper-zinc coin that is one-tenth of a yuan and equal to 10 fen.
    • adj Tenth tenth the last of ten: next in order after the ninth
    • n Tenth one of ten equal parts
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  • Katherine Anne Porter
    Katherine Anne Porter
    “I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.”
  • Horace Walpole
    “Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.”
  • Anatole France
    “Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
  • Francis Crawford
    Francis Crawford
    “To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.”
  • James Parton
    James Parton
    “Fidelity is seven-tenths of business success.”
  • Proverb
    “Possession is nine tenths of the law.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Ten: cf. OE. tethe, AS. teóa,. See Ten, and cf. Tithe


In literature:

I knew that from the tenth stair the streak of light, if there, would be visible.
"The Argosy" by Various
In 1634, so the tradition says, the black death came to Oberammergau, and one-tenth of the inhabitants died.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
The solar tide is four tenths as great as the lunar.
"Outlines of the Earth's History" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
And he wouldn't be one-tenth as ignorant as you are about prices.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Phineas remained at Harrington Hall till the ninth, on which day he went to London so that he might be at Tankerville on the tenth.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Most of these signs disappear about the tenth day, after which it becomes impossible to fix the date of delivery.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The outer joint is graduated to inches and tenths.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The text of the tenth chapter, sets two marks of distinction upon them.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
He could not even prevent their retaking Quesnoy and Bouchain, of which places they were in possession before the tenth day of October.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
If I lived to see August tenth, I will be eighty-six years old.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

Ripe, the plums fall from the bough;
Only seven-tenths left there now!
Ye whose hearts on me are set,
Now the time is fortunate!
"Anxiety Of A Young Lady To Get Married" by Confucius
Here is the tenth of May
And the breeze at a nine-knot tune!
We’re reeling, a-sea, to-night—
We’ll be laughing, ashore, in June.
"Sailing North Off Pernambuco" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
There shines upon the tenth good shield
A fiddle, and ’neath it a bow;
That’s borne by Folker Spillemand;
For drink he will sleep forego.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
"Aginst her Pleacemen all
We said we'd try our strenth;
Her scarlick soldiers tall
We vow'd we'd lay full lenth;
And out we came, in Freedom's name,
Last Aypril was the tenth.
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray
For a wee burdie sang, as roun' her it flew,
Sweet lassie, tak' tent—he's owre sweet to be true;
He's oot in the e'enin's whan ye dinna ken,
An' they say he's been seen wi' Kate o' the Glen.
"Effie: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
And these were lying beside the fragments of the bed,
And in a chair the tenth victim was sitting dead;
Oh, Horrible! Oh, Horrible! what a sight to behold,
The charred and burnt bodies of young and old.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The portion of nonelderly Americans spending more than a tenth of their income on out-of-pocket drug costs has dropped, but millions still meet the threshold.
At PC Mag Utilities (go.pcmag.com/utilities), you'll find more than 150 software tools you won't get anywhere else, including these ten—the cream of the crop.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the lead singer for The Mars Volta, jumps into the crowd during his performance Oct 25 at the tenth annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans' City Park.
Tenth Annual Hamptons Restaurant Week Is Coming.
The nationally-acclaimed Halloween haunt enters its tenth year of scares.
Bradley Manning in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia, is now approaching its tenth month.
Korn released their tenth studio album, 'The Path of Totality ,' on Dec 6, 2011.
Korn's approach on their tenth studio album was anything but business as usual.
Korn announced today that they will release their tenth studio album, The Path of Totality on December 6th of this year.
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TELLURIDE – The Telluride Yoga Center enters its tenth year in 2009, and its second decade brings fresh air to this beloved Telluride institution.
Tenth Annual Friday Night TV Dinner November 2, 2012 6:30 pm Touch Restaurant.
V to the Tenth two-day anniversary celebration, featuring Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson and Jane Fonda.
Previews highlight relevant results in less than one-tenth of a second.
The signs are mile markers and there are plans to place them every two-tenths of a mile.

In science:

Probability of the small oscillator wave packet with radius a=0.1 to be in the tenth state as the function of time.
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
Note that for less than 20 terms, there are too many pseudo-random elements in the first, third, tenth and eleventh conjugacy classes.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
The 2p linewidth is approximately 10% of the Lamb shift, which itself is approximately a tenth part of the fine structure splitting.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
The temperature is constant to better than a few tenths of a degree.
Experimental study of a liquid Xenon PET prototype module
Suppose a = P ai ⊗ ωi ∈ N ⊗ S ∗ is a representative of a cohomology class of one of cohomology groups in the tenth row of table (7.5).
Deformation of maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory in dimensions 10. An algebraic approach