• WordNet 3.6
    • v yen have a desire for something or someone who is not present "She ached for a cigarette","I am pining for my lover"
    • n yen a yearning for something or to do something
    • n yen the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yen The unit of value and account in Japan. The yen is equal to 100 sen. From Japan's adoption of the gold standard, in 1897, to about 1913 the value of the yen was about 50 cents. In 1997 and 1998 the value of the yen varied from 80 per U. S. dollar to 120 per dollar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yen A name given by the Indians about the Klamath Lakes of Oregon to the short-nosed sucker, Chasmistes brevirostris.
    • yen A dialectal form of yon.
    • n yen A variant of eyen, plural of eye.
    • n yen The monetary unit of Japan since 1871, represented
    • n yen by a gold coin weighing 1.666 grams, .900 fine, and thus practically equal in value to the United States gold dollar; and.
    • n yen by a silver coin weighing 26.956 grams (416 grains), .900 fine, and thus about equal to the silver dollar of the United States. The yen is divided into hundredths called sen, and into mills called rin. One., two-five-, ten-, and twenty-yen pieces are coined, and the fractional silver currency consists of five-, ten-, twenty-, and fifty-sen pieces. See cut on following page.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Yen yen a Japanese gold or silver coin, used as the monetary unit since 1871, and now equivalent to about 2s. 0½d. of our money.
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Yen - If you have a yen to do something, you have a desire to do it.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Jap.,—Chin. yuen, round, a dollar.


In literature:

The maximum deposit in one year of any depositor is limited to 500 yen (about L50).
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
Mr. Yens was a brave man; but he had been careless.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
A yen is their money, a dollar.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
The ruler of Japan had not offered me so much as a yen.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
At his court resided Prince Tan, heir of the ruler of Yen.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Only thought you'd like to know natural sci-yen-tiffy fack.
"Conquest Over Time" by Michael Shaara
I suppose it's wrong, yet I still have the yen.
"Category Phoenix" by Boyd Ellanby
At two days distance from the barrier of San-Yen-Tsin we were assailed by a hurricane which exposed us to very serious danger.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
On one occasion Tsz-lu, Tsang Sin, Yen Yu, and Kung-si Hwa were sitting near him.
"The Wisdom of Confucius" by Epiphanius Wilson
Yen she, eh, Delaney?
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage

In poetry:

Choke the Rockefeller yen
For the clink of iron men!
Happiness it will not mint us,
Take it from your Uncle Quintus.
"That For Money!" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Why thus destroy our noblest men,
To thee we cry, O azure Heaven!
To save Yen-seih from death, we would
A hundred lives have freely given.
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius
Lil went to a snow party one cold night,
And the way she sniffed was sure a fright.
There was Hophead Mag with Dopey Slim,
Kankakee Liz and Yen Shee Jim.
"Cocaine Lil and Morphine Sue" by W H Auden
Tou's proud, and past aw guid adveyce—
Yen mud as weel speak till a stean;
Still, still thy awn way reet or wrang—
Mess, but tou'll rue't when I am geane!
O, monie are, &c.
"Dick Watters" by Robert Anderson
'Mong brothers three, who met that fate,
'Twas sad the first, Yen-seih to see.
He stood alone; a hundred men
Could show no other such as he.
When to the yawning grave he came,
Terror unnerved and shook his frame.
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius

In news:

Buyers Compete for LPs Considered Passé, or Worse, in U.S. A Yen for Pop-Metal.
Sony is set to become the biggest shareholder in Olympus with an investment of 50 billion yen, or $642 million, the two companies said Friday.
The dollar weakened against the Japanese yen, to 79.41 yen from 79.45 yen.
It is in yen, I don't want to do the math, but 1,000 yen = ~$13.
Asian shares rise on positive US tone, yen slips.
It is prime time for tree planting , and perhaps you have a yen and the space to add one to your landscape.
1 automaker this year, reported a July-September net profit of 257.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion).
Sony earned an operating profit of 27 billion yen ($233 million) from April to June, topping a forecast of 18 billion yen and recovering from a 7 billion yen loss a year earlier.
For the first half of its fiscal year that began April 1, profit rose 572% compared to last year — to 548.2 billion yen from 81.5 billion — pushed along by a sales rebound in the U.S.
A strong yen erodes the value of overseas earnings of Japanese exporters such as Toyota.
The latest evidence came this week, when Japan reported a trade deficit of 725.3 billion yen ($7.3 billion)—the first such shortfall in 28 years.
Toyota's famed keiretsu network of suppliers has begun to crack under the stress of the strong yen.
Japan's Nikkei hits 7-mth closing high on China, soft yen.
David Yen reprises role in enduring 'Santaland'.
Yen Ching Chinese Take Out .

In science:

Yen, Computing subgraph probability of random geometric graphs: Quantitative analyses of wireless ad hoc networks.
Laws of Large Numbers of Subgraphs in Directed Random Geometric Networks
Yen gave a construction which generates only this class, but our construction has two important advantages over theirs: it can handle the enhanced case (see Section 4.2), and it can be extended to k nonnesting permutations (see Section 5).
A generating tree approach to k-nonnesting partitions and permutations
The modification reduces the worst-case expected number of relaxation steps of the algorithm, compared to the previously-best variant by Yen (1970), by a factor of 2/3 with high probability.
Randomized Speedup of the Bellman-Ford Algorithm
In its most basic form, the algorithm performs at most mn of these relaxation steps, but this can be improved in two ways, both due to Yen.
Randomized Speedup of the Bellman-Ford Algorithm
Further we can expect practical improvements in runtime inline with Yen’s observations , as we have only added a single linear time step for randomization.
Randomized Speedup of the Bellman-Ford Algorithm