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

  • n. The ordinal number matching the number ten in a series.
  • n. One of ten equal parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The ordinal form of the number ten.
  • n. The person or thing in the tenth position.
  • n. One of ten equal parts of a whole.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Next in order after the ninth; coming after nine others.
  • adj. Constituting or being one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided.
  • n. The next in order after the ninth; one coming after nine others.
  • n. The quotient of a unit divided by ten; one of ten equal parts into which anything is divided.
  • n. The tenth part of annual produce, income, increase, or the like; a tithe.
  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Being one of ten equal portions or sections.
  • n. One of ten equal parts into which anything may be divided; a tithe.
  • n. In early English law, a tithe of the rents of the year, or of movables, or both, granted or levied by way of tax.
  • n. 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. 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. An organ-stop giving tones a tenth above the normal pitch of the digitals used; a decima, or double tierce.

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

  • adj. coming next after the ninth and just before the eleventh in position
  • n. a tenth part; one part in ten equal parts
  • n. position ten in a countable series of things

Etymologies

Middle English tenthe, alteration of tethe, from Old English tēotha; see tithe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English. Old English had tēoþa (origin of Modern English tithe), but the force of analogy to the cardinal number "ten" caused Middle English speakers to recreate the regular ordinal and re-insert the nasal consonant. (Wiktionary)

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  • I bet my Virginia cousins would have no problem rhyming tenth with plinth, just as they rhyme pen with tin.

    March 13, 2008