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Webster 1913 Edition


Thousand

Thou′sand

,
Noun.
[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.]
1.
The number of ten hundred; a collection or sum consisting of ten times one hundred units or objects.
2.
Hence, indefinitely, a great number.
A
thousand
shall fall at thy side, and ten
thousand
at thy right hand.
Ps. xci. 7.
☞ The word thousand often takes a plural form. See the Note under
Hundred
.
3.
A symbol representing one thousand units;
as, 1,000, M or CIↃ
.

Thou′sand

,
Adj.
1.
Consisting of ten hundred; being ten times one hundred.
2.
Hence, consisting of a great number indefinitely.
“Perplexed with a thousand cares.”
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Thousand

THOU'SAND

,
Adj.
s as z.
1.
Denoting the number of ten hundred.
2.
Proverbially, denoting a great number indefinitely. It is a thousand chances to one that you succeed.

THOU'SAND

,
Noun.
The number of ten hundred.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand. Ps.91.
Thousand is sometimes used plurally without the plural termination, as in the passage above, ten thousand; but it often takes the plural termination. In former times, how many thousands perished by famine!

Definition 2021


thousand

thousand

English

Alternative forms

  • Arabic numerals: 1000 (see for numerical forms in other scripts)
  • Roman numerals: M
  • ISO prefix: kilo-
  • Exponential notation: 103

Numeral

thousand (plural thousands)

  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 1,000 = 10 × 100 = 103
    The company earned fifty thousand dollars last month.
    Many thousands of people came to the conference.

Usage notes

Unlike cardinal numerals up to ninety-nine, the word thousand is a noun like dozen and needs a determiner to function as a numeral.

  • a thousand men / one thousand men / the thousand men
  • compare a dozen men / one dozen men / the dozen men
  • compare ten men / the ten men

Thousand can be used also in plurals. It doesn't take -s when preceded by a determiner.

  • two thousand men / some thousand men
  • thousands of men / hundreds of thousands of men

Synonyms

  • (numerical): a thousand, one thousand
  • For symbolic forms of this entry, see 1000.

Derived terms

See also

  • Appendix:Words used as placeholders to count seconds

Translations

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