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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dime novel
dime store
stop on a dimeAmerican English (= stop very quickly – used about cars)
▪ This truck can stop on a dime!
▪ What ever happened to dime novels?
▪ The dime stores will close in phases by September 1998.
▪ In December she found temporary holiday work in a Newark five-and-dime store.
▪ Woolworth Corp. executives brought the curtain down Thursday on the venerable but money-losing chain of 400 five-and-dime stores.
▪ When parents encounter this obstacle, they finally get off the dime and have their kids vaccinated.
▪ And he never paid a dime of income tax on it.
▪ He gets young kiddies to scour the streets looking for discarded crack vials that he pays them a dime apiece for.
▪ City Council should not pay him a dime beyond his contract.
▪ Dunne jumped off before he had to pay his half dime.
▪ Nobody pays a dime in Social Security taxes on capital gains.
▪ It cost me two years of impoverishment, spending every dime on legal fees.
▪ He was now magic, huge, tremendously well-known and all of it without spending a dime of his campaign cash.
▪ A dime taken from any other kid was a good deal.
▪ Even Mafia guys drop dimes on each other nowadays.
▪ It cost me two years of impoverishment, spending every dime on legal fees.
▪ Metaphors of Britain's decline have been a dime a dozen in the post-war years.
▪ Quarters, nickels, dimes, the whole works.
▪ What ever happened to dime novels?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dime \Dime\ (d[imac]m), n. [F. d[^i]me tithe, OF. disme, fr. L. decimus the tenth, fr. decem ten. See Decimal.] A silver coin of the United States, of the value of ten cents; the tenth of a dollar.

Dime novel, a novel, commonly sensational and trashy, which is sold for a dime, or ten cents; -- they were popular from ca. 1850 to ca. 1920. Sometimes the term is still applied to any novel of the type, though the price has greatly increased.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

chosen 1786 as name for U.S. 10 cent coin, from dime "a tenth, tithe" (late 14c.), from Old French disme (Modern French dîme) "a tenth part," from Latin decima (pars) "tenth (part)," from decem "ten" (see ten).\n

\nThe verb meaning "to inform" (on someone) is 1960s, from the then-cost of a pay phone call. A dime a dozen "almost worthless" first recorded 1930. Phrase stop on a dime attested by 1954 (a dime being the physically smallest unit of U.S. currency).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context US English) A coin worth one-tenth of a dollar. The physical coin is smaller than a penny. 2 (context Canada English) A coin worth one-tenth of a Canadian dollar. 3 (context US basketball English) An assist 4 (context slang English) A playing card with the rank of ten 5 (context slang English) Ten dollars 6 (context slang English) A thousand dollars 7 (context slang English) A measurement of illicit drugs (usually marijuana) sold in ten dollar bags. 8 (context slang English) Payment responsibility 9 (context slang English) A beautiful woman (10 from the 10-point scale) Etymology 2

vb. (context US slang with "on" English) To inform on, to turn in to the authorities, to rat on, especially anonymously.

  1. n. a United States coin worth one tenth of a dollar

  2. street name for a packet of illegal drugs that is sold for ten dollars [syn: dime bag]

Dime (United States coin)

The dime, in American usage, is a ten- cent coin, one tenth of a United States dollar, labeled formally as "one dime". The denomination was first authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. The dime is the smallest in diameter and is the thinnest of all U.S. coins currently minted for circulation, being .705 inches (17.91 mm) in diameter and .053 inches (1.35 mm) in thickness. The obverse of the coin depicts the profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the reverse boasts an olive branch, a torch, and an oak branch, from left to right respectively. As of 2011, the dime coin cost 5.65 cents to produce.

The word "dime" comes from the French word "dîme", meaning " tithe" or "tenth part", from the Latin decima [pars]. In the past prices have occasionally been quoted on signage and other materials in terms of dimes, abbreviated as "d" or a lowercase "d" with a slash through it (₫) as with the cent and mille signs.

Dime (album)

Dime is the third Spanish album released by Christian rock band Guardian. The album was released in 2001.

The album features several unique characteristics. Whereas the band's previous Spanish albums featured remakes of songs released in their previous albums, this album features only original material written specifically for the Latin American market. It is also the first album not to feature original bassist and band founder, David Bach.

As of 2007, it is the last studio album released by the band.


Dime or Dimes may refer to:

Dime (Canadian coin)

In Canada, a dime is a coin worth ten cents. It is the smallest (in physical size) of the currently issued Canadian coins. According to the Royal Canadian Mint, the official national term of the coin is the 10 cent piece, but in practice, the term dime predominates in English-speaking Canada. It is nearly identical in size to the American dime, but unlike its counterpart, the Canadian dime is magnetic due to a distinct metal composition: from 1968 to 1999 it was composed entirely of nickel, and since 2000 it has had a high steel content.

Currently the dime has, as with all Canadian coins, a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen on the obverse. The reverse contains a representation of the Bluenose, a famous Canadian schooner. The artist, Emmanuel Hahn, used three ships including the Bluenose as his models, so the ship design is actually a composite. The coin is produced by the Royal Canadian Mint at its facility in Winnipeg.

The word "dime" comes from the French word "dîme", meaning " tithe" or "tenth part", from the Latin decima [pars].

Dime (Beth song)

"Dime" was the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, performed in Spanish by Beth.

The song was performed twelfth on the night, following Russia's t.A.T.u. with " Ne Ver', Ne Boysia", and preceding Israel's Lior Narkis with " Milim La'ahava".

At the close of voting, it had received 81 points, placing 8th in a field of 26.

The song was succeeded as Spanish representative at the 2004 contest by Ramón with " Para llenarme de ti".

Dime (Ivy Queen song)

"Dime" is a song by Puerto Rican reggaetón recording artist Ivy Queen, from her first live album, Ivy Queen 2008 World Tour LIVE! (2008). It was composed by Queen, with the help of Alex Monserrate Sosa and Urbani Mota Cedeno, who produced the song under their stage name Monserrate & DJ Urba. It was released as the lead single off the album in August 2008. The bachata version was serviced to radio while the Album version appears as the opening track. The album version is a mixture of reggaetón and bachata known as bachaton or bachateo.

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Marlon Peña and filmed in Miami, Florida on August 25, 2008. This would be the last single released by Queen until 2010 with " La Vida Es Así". The song was later included on the deluxe edition of Ivy Queen's seventh studio album Drama Queen (2010). The song became a commercial success within the Latin market reaching the Top 10 of various Latin music charts in the United States. It was fourteenth and tenth best selling Latin Rhythm single of 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Usage examples of "dime".

There were dozens of them, each button smaller than a dime, with a tiny shank on the back, a raised emblem of a caduceus on the front.

I went down the street to the Cookery coffee shop, got some dimes and phoned the number I had been given as a contact.

Unless my topesheet goes pack on me, for deh first dime in forty years dere vill pe a record clip pefore a veek from to-tay.

When it was over, the man held out his cap first to the big American with the bloody face, and Scott emptied his left pocket into the cap: dirham and half-dirham pieces and leftover francs and one rogue dime.

When it was over, the man held out his cap first to the big American with the bloody face, and Scott emptied his left pocket into the cap: dirham and half-dirham pieces and left-over francs and one rogue dime.

At the end, what had been Stuart Landsmann was nicely stored on a single Data Identity Membrane Ecesis, or dime, for short.

How Poppy, in an orange sweater, orange lipstick, tight jeans, high-heeled sandals, and what looked like half the dime store jewelry in Junket, managed to look remotely glamorous at her age was more than Heather could understand.

Not only prints: incomplete sets of Conrad and Scott, African kalimbas, a glass harmonica assembled from kit, dancing bears and Uncle Sams that swallowed dimes.

Customers slipped a nickel or a dime into a food slot, and out came a knockwurst sandwich or a nice piece of sponge cake.

I never axes fer nothing, but when I sets around de courthouse and informs men as I been doing dis evening, de Lawd has dem to drap a nickle or a dime or a quarter in my hand but He never gits dem to a half of a dollar.

Miss Mahan walked to the dime store for a get-well card which the ninth-grade class would sign that afternoon when they returned for English.

Such inks are made from a fine, cheap powder, of which nigrosine is used in making black inks, eosine for red, and methylene for blue ink, and they cost only a few dimes a gallon to manufacture.

I fathered upon her in those nights the poker chip, the cash register, the juice extractor, the kazoo, the rubber pretzel, the cuckoo clock, the key chain, the dime bank, the pantograph, the bubble pipe, the punching bag both light and heavy, the inkblot, the nose drop, the midget Bible, the slot-machine slug, and many other useful and humane cultural artifacts, as well as some thousands of children of the ordinary sort.

Hester Prine took a half dollar, a dime, and a nickel from her purse and gave them to Bowman.

THE FIRST BLOOD IS THREE feet inside the front door, a single drop the size of a dime, perfectly round with a stellate margin reminiscent of a buzzsaw blade.