Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A coin of the United States or Canada worth ten cents.
  • n. Slang A dime bag.
  • idiom a dime a dozen Overly abundant; commonplace.
  • idiom on a dime At a precise point; within a narrowly defined area: a sports car that stops on a dime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coin worth one-tenth of a dollar. The physical coin is smaller than a penny.
  • n. A coin worth one-tenth of a Canadian dollar.
  • n. An assist
  • n. A playing card with the rank of ten
  • n. Ten dollars
  • n. A thousand dollars
  • n. A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags.
  • n. A very small area
  • n. Payment responsibility
  • n. A beautiful woman (10 from the 10-point scale)
  • v. To inform on, to turn in to the authorities, to rat on, especially anonymously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silver coin of the United States, of the value of ten cents; the tenth of a dollar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tithe.
  • n. The number ten.
  • n. A silver coin of the United States, of the value of 10 cents, being the tenth part of a dollar, worth about pence English.
  • Sold for a dime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a United States coin worth one tenth of a dollar
  • n. street name for a packet of illegal drugs that is sold for ten dollars

Etymologies

Middle English, tenth part, from Old French disme, from Latin decima (pars), tenth (part), from decem, ten; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French dîme, from Latin decimus ("tenth") (Wiktionary)
From the use of the coin in a payphone to report a crime to the police. US payphones charged 10¢ in almost all jurisdictions until the late 1970s. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The American
    Heritage Dictionary's
    etymology:

    "Middle English, tenth
    part, from Old French disme, from
    Latin decima...."

    June 29, 2010

  • My what talent's here!
    A boar's rush of poetry
    Even dontcraiku.

    March 7, 2009

  • just discovered page
    loving haiku posted here
    cinquain's still my fave

    March 7, 2009

  • One thousand is called a "dime". It is a term that gamblers have been using forever.
    - A comment in Language Hat's blog. John linked there earlier @ sawbuck.

    March 7, 2009

  • ps

    'twasn't deliberate I feel

    January 26, 2008

  • uselessness

    your comment prompts my memory

    'twas said I know not when but by a footballer when asked about an upcoming game, I think

    "I never predict the future, AND I NEVER WILL".

    love your name btw.

    January 26, 2008

  • 'Twas deliberate.
    I've never made a mistake
    (And I never will).

    January 26, 2008

  • "I've always said reesetee"
    But I steer clear of haiku
    though I can count to six.

    January 25, 2008

  • My apologies.
    Uselessness was always right.
    Brilliant guy, he is.

    January 25, 2008

  • Hold on there, reesetee.
    I sure didn't get it wrong.
    I've always said "reesetee."

    January 25, 2008

  • No worries, my friend.
    Everyone gets it wrong once.
    Someday, better nick.

    January 25, 2008

  • Oops. My bad, reesetee.
    I'll just stick to News Haikus.
    Plus, I'm out of dimes.

    January 25, 2008

  • I hate to tell you
    "ReeseTee" has two syllables.
    So much for haiku.

    January 25, 2008

  • Well said, reesetee,
    And you as well, uselessness.
    S: please pass the bag.

    January 25, 2008

  • Or sometimes it's like
    Hippopotamus stomach
    And pickled pig lips.

    January 25, 2008

  • It's drugs and Wordie;
    They go together like, um...
    Like desktops and mud?

    January 25, 2008

  • This has gotten weird.
    Someone is smoking something.
    Perhaps a dime bag.

    January 24, 2008

  • Nice of them to make
    Their name five syllables, no?
    (And thanks, uselessness.)

    January 24, 2008

  • Say, Asativum,
    That Wikipedia link
    Made a great haiku.

    January 24, 2008

  • Once cheap, copper soared,
    Til a cent cost more to make.
    Now it's just habit.

    January 24, 2008

  • I should explain, then.
    I meant the color copper.
    Weird little brown coin.

    January 24, 2008

  • Just a copper shell;
    Most of it seems to be zinc.
    --Wikipedia

    January 24, 2008

  • And what about the
    Penny? Why is it copper?
    I just don't get it.

    January 24, 2008

  • A dime is so small
    A nickel is much bigger
    Money is a joke

    January 24, 2008

  • When I was at school
    "dime bar" was playground slang for
    a doltish person.

    January 24, 2008

  • Make that six haikus
    This is Wordie, after all:
    We can't help ourselves.

    January 23, 2008

  • Five haikus on change,
    Didn't even cost a dime.
    Ha! How cool is that?

    January 23, 2008

  • I stole some ice cream
    Then uselessness dropped the dime
    Now I am in jail

    January 23, 2008

  • What a special coin.
    I can see why it was dear.
    I wish mine did drugs.

    January 23, 2008

  • Yes, you may wonder,
    But the dime was on steroids.
    Big controversy!

    January 23, 2008

  • Ice cream for ten cents?
    In 2008, you say?
    Just where do you live?

    January 22, 2008

  • Hello shiny friend,
    I will never let you go.
    Oops! An ice cream truck.

    --heard on NPR (and slightly modified)

    January 20, 2008