thousand

Definitions

  • Glass wine bottles unearthed at Jamestown ranging in date from 1640 to 1690. Thousands of fragments of these bottles have been recovered
    Glass wine bottles unearthed at Jamestown ranging in date from 1640 to 1690. Thousands of fragments of these bottles have been recovered
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thousand denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units
    • n thousand the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700. During this 100-year period, pipes developed from small bowls to fairly large ones A few of thousands of clay pipe fragments unearthed at Jamestown. The ones shown range in date from 1600 to 1700....
FEEDING FIVE THOUSAND FEEDING FIVE THOUSAND
"HENRIETTE WAS TESTING THE FIFTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PIANO" "HENRIETTE WAS TESTING THE FIFTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PIANO"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Finland is also known as "the land of of the thousand lakes," because of the over 188,000 lakes found in this country
    • Thousand A symbol representing one thousand units; as, 1,000, M.
    • Thousand Consisting of ten hundred; being ten times one hundred.
    • Thousand Hence, consisting of a great number indefinitely. "Perplexed with a thousand cares."
    • Thousand Hence, indefinitely, a great number. "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand."
    • Thousand The number of ten hundred; a collection or sum consisting of ten times one hundred units or objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than three thousand people work on research in Antarctica each year
    • thousand Numbering ten hundred; hence, of an indefinitely large number.
    • n thousand The number ten hundred, or ten times ten times ten; hence, indefinitely, a great number. Like hundred, million, etc., thousand takes a plural termination when not preceded by a numeral adjective.
    • n thousand A symbol representing the number ten hundred, as M, 1,000.
    • n thousand In brick-making, a quantity of clay sufficient for making a thousand bricks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Annually a thousand people are killed by scorpions in Mexico
    • adj Thousand thow′zand denoting ten hundred: proverbially, denoting any great number
    • n Thousand the number ten hundred: any large number
    • n Thousand one of a thousand or of any great number
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Quotations

  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.”
  • Richard Bach
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    “Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.”
  • Groucho Marx
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    “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.”
  • Graham Greene
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    “In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.”

Idioms

A picture is worth a thousand words - A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.
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Batting a thousand - (USA) (from baseball) It means to do something perfectly.
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Death of a thousand cuts - If something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand cuts, lots of small bad things are happening, none of which are fatal in themselves, but which add up to a slow and painful demise.
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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
OE. þousend, þusend, AS. þūsend,; akin to OS. thūsundig, thūsind, OFries. thusend, D. duizend, G. tausend, OHG. tūsunt, dūsunt, Icel. þūsund, þūshund, Sw. tusen, Dan,. tusind, Goth. þūsundi, Lith. tukstantis, Russ. tuisiacha,; of uncertain origin

Usage

In literature:

An ounce contains ten thousand seeds, which will generally produce about three thousand plants.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The latter doubled to four thousand and lost, doubled to eight thousand and lost, and then proposed to double to sixteen thousand.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
They had fought for hours with only nine thousand men.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
There's thousands and thousands lying snug in the ground just waiting for us.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Both were small boats of from five thousand to seven thousand tons.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
A second division of four thousand men was afterward supplied, for which the Landgrave of Hesse was paid two hundred thousand thalers.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
He had become the friend and counsellor of thousands.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Houses in it, worth, in ordinary times, a thousand livres of yearly rent, yielded as much as twelve or sixteen thousand.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Commerce is facilitated by about eighteen thousand miles of railway and nearly three thousand miles of canal and improved river-navigation.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
In this butchery not only ten thousand soldiers, but twelve thousand citizens of every age and sex were remorselessly slain.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A thousand thousand kisses.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
The Irish were five thousand in number; the Enniskilleners under three thousand.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
His losses aggregated more than seven thousand, of whom three thousand had been taken captive.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
These amount to about twelve thousand pesos, and we could finish the work with that sum.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various
Imagine thirty thousand elk, for instance, roaming about in bands of half a dozen to half a thousand.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Eight thousand to ten thousand lives lost.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Instead of fifty thousand, we're only one thousand, I know.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Thousands upon thousands of blackbirds dipped across us uttering their calls.
"Gold" by Stewart White
He likewise admitted that he had one thousand Italians and two thousand Poles.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
It was said ten thousand had visited my office, displaying a rope with which to hang me.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
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In poetry:

Yet, it hath many lessons
To impart,
And brings a thousand blessings
Around the heart.
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But he's gone across the sea!
Gone with thousands such as he!
He is bound for Tripoli,
Tripoli!
"Tripoli" by John Lawson Stoddard
Weel, wha's in the bouroch,
And what is your cheer?
The best that ye'll find
In a thousand year;
"The Five Friends" by Robert Tannahill
As I cam in by Dunidier,
An doun by Netherha,
There was fifty thousand Hielanmen
A-marching to Harlaw.
"The Battle Of Harlaw" by Anonymous British
A thousand joys are gathered round—
A thousand triumphs glad our way—
We hear and join in vict'ry's sound,
And glory brings its fairest day.
"Hymn: We walked in darkness, but at last" by John Bowring
And already a thousand singers—a thousand songs, clearer, louder and
more sorrowful than yours,
A thousand warbling echoes have started to life within me,
Never to die.
"Sea-Shore Memories" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Thousands of people streamed into the domed concrete building across from Los Angeles' Echo Park.
Two new studies could change care for hundreds of thousands of heart patients each year.
BHOPAL, India, Dec 5— Thousands of men, women and children continued to flood the hospitals of this stricken city today two days after gas leaked from an American-owned insecticide plant, reportedly killing more than 1,000 people.
Thousands of first-timers walk our nation's colleges and universities every day.
Thousands of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries to escape the civil war raging in their nation.
Each year the tiny village of Grand Rapids, Ohio, throws opens its streets and hearts to tens of thousands of guests.
Six thousand trees, 48 varieties of apples, 29 years of history.
Fans flock to Auburn Fan Day Thousands of fans flocked to Auburn Arena to meet Gene Chizik and the 2012 edition of the Auburn football team on Sunday afternoon Watch video.
Thousands of letters are sent each year to people across the country who have written bad check s, threatening them with jail if they don't pay up.
Local beekeepers called on to relocate thousands of valuable honey bees.
Bellflower man's cancer battle extends from himself to thousands of others.
Fifty thousand dollars in the grand scheme of things could appear un-noteworthy in New York State.
Thousands of men and women will be away from their families this Veteran's Day as they serve our country overseas.
Dice have been around for thousands of years.
Visit Reifel, one of Canada's top birding areas, for the spectacle of tens of thousands of waterfowl, as well as views of raptors, shorebirds, owls, and cranes.
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In science:

According to the described method, one needs to solve thousands of the classical SHG trajectories.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
Two thousand stars are included in each color bin.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
Several thousands of such events are expected to be located.
MC generators in CHORUS
The success rate would be about one in four thousand.
Proposal for a simple quantum error correction test gate in linear optics
Two thousand random bond configurations are taken.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
The number of random bond configurations is at least two thousand and it is more than ten thousand near the transition point.
Uniform Magnetic Order in a Ferromagnetic-Antiferromagnetic Random Alternating Quantum Spin Chain
Thousands of weak noncovalent interactions are made or broken, and it is very difficult to trap intermediates because of their unstable nature.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
The simulation was done for typically several thousands random walk steps.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
The crossover, also, is located at much earlier times (of the order of tens of steps) as compared to thousands of steps which is the case reported in for small world networks.
Random walk and trapping processes on scale-free networks
Several thousands of them have been observed by gamma ray detectors carried by satellites.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
The uncertainty contours are constructed from the probability density function around the best fit at a given redshift from one thousand simulated experiments.
On the determination of the deceleration parameter from Supernovae data
The structure observed in Fig. 6.14 & 6.16 is a combination of the efficiencies of thousands of subtractions.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Fig. 1 shows the distribution of R42 over a thousand samples from the TBRE for several different many-fermion systems.
Collective behavior in random interaction
Tests in S06 show c⋆ to be weakly dependent on resolution when at least a few tens of thousands gas + star particles are used.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations
The data are computed from the eigenvalues of ten thousand 50 × 50 random unitary matrices output of the function haar measure(n).
How to generate random matrices from the classical compact groups
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