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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi married at the age of thirteen when he was a high school sophomore.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Thirteen \Thir"teen`\ (th[~e]r"t[=e]n`), a. [OE. threttene, AS. [thorn]re['o]t[=e]ne, [thorn]re['o]tyne. See Three, and Ten, and cf. Thirty.] One more than twelve; ten and three; as, thirteen ounces or pounds.


Thirteen \Thir"teen`\, n.

  1. The number greater by one than twelve; the sum of ten and three; thirteen units or objects.

  2. A symbol representing thirteen units, as 13 or xiii.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 145c., metathesis of Middle English thrittene, from Old English þreotene (Mercian), þreotiene (West Saxon), from þreo "three" (see three) + -tene (see -teen). Similar formation in Old Saxon thriutein, Old Frisian thretten, Dutch dertien, German dreizehn, Old Norse threttan, Swedish tretton. As a noun from late Old English.\n

\nNot an unlucky number in medieval England, but associated rather with the customary "extra item" (as in baker's dozen). Superstitions began with association with the Last Supper, and the unluckiness of 13 sitting down together to dine (attested from 1690s). Most of the modern superstitions (buildings with floor "12-A," etc.) have developed since 1890.


num. The cardinal number occurring after twelve and before fourteen, represented in Roman numerals as XIII and in Arabic numerals as 13.

  1. adj. being one more than twelve [syn: 13, xiii]

  2. n. the cardinal number that is the sum of twelve and one [syn: 13, XIII, baker's dozen, long dozen]

Thirteen (2003 film)

Thirteen is a 2003 American semi-autobiographical drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed, based on events from Reed's life at age 12 and 13. It stars Nikki Reed and Evan Rachel Wood with Wood's character "Tracy" being loosely based upon Reed (Nikki Reed herself co-stars in the role of Evie Zamora). The script was written in six days.

The film caused controversy upon its release, because it dealt with topics like drugs such as inhalants & marijuana, and alcohol abuse, underage sexual behavior and self-harm. The film earned Holly Hunter an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Golden Globe nominations for Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in a Drama, respectively.

Thirteen (Teenage Fanclub album)

Thirteen is the fourth album by Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub, released in 1993. It was named after the song " Thirteen" by Big Star, a band that has heavily influenced Teenage Fanclub. The self-produced album was poorly received by critics on its release.

Thirteen (Emmylou Harris album)

Thirteen is a 1986 Emmylou Harris album. The title came from its status as her thirteenth studio album (if one does not count her 1969 first album, released on an independent label, which Harris herself rarely acknowledges).

The album included an unusually high number of cover versions of songs that had been hits for others, including Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again", Junior Parker's "Mystery Train", Jack Clement's "Just Someone I Used to Know" (a 1969 duet hit for Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner (here, Harris is teamed with the country artist John Anderson), Bruce Springsteen's "My Father's House" and Rodney Crowell's "I Had My Heart Set on You".

For unexplained reasons, the album was taken out of print a few years after its initial release, making it one of the most sought-after albums in Harris' catalogue by fans, with used copies commanding unusually high prices on eBay and other used records sites. The album was produced by Harris' then-husband, Paul Kennerley. Though the album, to date, has never been separately issued on CD, in April 2011 it was made available for download in iTunes Store. It became available as a CD in 2013 in a compilation issued by the Rhino Entertainment Company called Emmylou Harris Original Album Series Vol.2.

Thirteen (CJ & The Satellites album)

Thirteen is the first solo album by CJ of The Wildhearts, released under the name CJ & The Satellites.

Thirteen (disambiguation)

Thirteen is the word form from the number 13.

Thirteen may also refer to:

  • Thirteen Colonies, British colonies founded the first 13 states in the US.
  • Thirteen (House), a fictional female character from the television show House
  • Thirteen Ghosts, 2001 horror movie.
  • Thirteen, an alternate name for the Richard Morgan novel Black Man
  • Thirteen, a novel by Lauren Myracle
  • WNET (branded Thirteen), a public television station in Newark, New Jersey, USA
Thirteen (roller coaster)

Thirteen (officially stylised as TH13TEEN) is a steel roller coaster at Alton Towers in England. The ride was constructed by Intamin and opened on 20 March 2010. It is the world's first vertical freefall drop roller coaster, on which the track and train freefall approximately five metres in darkness. The ride replaced and is built on the former site of the Corkscrew, which resided at Alton Towers for 28 years between 1980 and 2008.

Thirteen (1974 film)

Thirteen is a 1974 Hong Kong coming-of-age film directed by Sung Tsun-shou and produced by Shaw Brothers Studio. It was based on the novel Zaoshu ("matured early") by Taiwanese novelist Kuo Liang-hui.

Thirteen (House)

Remy "Thirteen" Hadley, M.D., is a fictional character on the Fox medical drama House, portrayed by Olivia Wilde. She is part of the new diagnostic team assembled by Dr. Gregory House after the disbanding of his previous team in the third season finale. The character's nickname derives from the episode " The Right Stuff", when she is assigned the number during a competition for her position at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.

The show depicts Thirteen as a secretive character who does not divulge personal information; her surname was not used on the show until the fourth season's penultimate episode " House's Head", nor her given name until the fifth season episode " Emancipation". Instead, several of the character's traits are implied before they are depicted as true. In the season four episode " You Don't Want to Know", Thirteen tells House that her mother died from Huntington's disease; a test she performs several episodes later confirms she carries the gene. After hints were given regarding her character's sexuality, actress Olivia Wilde confirmed that her character is indeed bisexual. This is confirmed by Foreman in the episode " Don't Ever Change". Thirteen was included in's Top 50 Lesbian and Bisexual Characters. The character was also listed in Wetpaint's "10 Hottest Female Doctors on TV" and in BuzzFeed's "16 Hottest Doctors On Television".

Thirteen (song)

"Thirteen" is a song by the American rock band Big Star. Rolling Stone describes it "one of rock's most beautiful celebrations of adolescence", and rated it #406 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It was written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell.

Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom writes in his Allmusic review of the song, "There are few songs that capture the aching innocence of adolescence as well" and calls it a "perfect melancholy ballad". The song encompasses folk and pop characteristics with its use of simple lyrics and the acoustic guitar.

The song was originally featured on the 1972 album #1 Record. It was never released as a single by Big Star.

Thirteen (Transformers)

The Thirteen Original Transformers (sometimes referred to as the Thirteen Primes, the Dynasty of Primes or simply the Thirteen) are thirteen fictional characters in the Transformers toy and entertainment franchise created by Hasbro. They are usually portrayed as the first thirteen living beings created by Primus, the creator of the Transformers and their home planet of Cybertron. In the live-action Transformers film trilogy, their back-story is slightly modified, with there only being seven members who were created by the Allspark. The story concept of the Thirteen, as well as three of their members (Prima, Liege Maximo and The Fallen), were created by comic book writer Simon Furman.

Thirteen (Megadeth album)

Thirteen (stylized as TH1RT3EN) is the thirteenth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released worldwide on November 1, 2011, by Roadrunner Records, although the album was released on October 26, 2011 for Japan. Thirteen is the first Megadeth studio album since The World Needs a Hero (2001) to feature bassist and founding member David Ellefson, who returned to the band in 2010. Thirteen debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 42,000 copies in its first week. The album broke into the top 20 in several other markets as well. It has sold about 120,000 copies in the United States as of December 2012. The album has received largely positive reviews from critics.

The album followed the successful Endgame, released two years previously, and was recorded in late spring 2011. In addition to new material was written for the album, the band decided to rework and release several older songs, some of which had previously seen release as demos or bonus tracks. Additionally, several of the songs on the album were intended to appear on video game soundtracks, notably "Sudden Death", which appeared as a playable song in the 2010 video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

The lead single from Thirteen was the Al Capone-inspired "Public Enemy No. 1". This was followed by "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" about a month later. "Sudden Death" was released as a single prior to the announcement of Thirteen to promote Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, but was later included on the album. All three songs received Grammy Award nominations, in the "Best Metal Performance" or " Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" categories.

Thirteen (James Reyne album)

Thirteen is the thirteenth solo album by Australian singer/songwriter James Reyne. (11 studio albums and 2 live albums). released on 16 March 2012. Reyne co-wrote tracks with producer Scott Kingman and Tim Henwood (from The Androids). The album covers a range of musical styles.

Reyne toured the album to positive reviews.

Thirteen (TV series)

Thirteen is a British drama television miniseries created and written by Marnie Dickens. The series centres on Ivy Moxam ( Jodie Comer), a 26-year-old woman who escapes from the cellar where she has been imprisoned for 13 years.

The first episode was released on BBC Three in the UK on 28 February 2016. It began airing on BBC America in the US in 23 June 2016. Each episode was broadcast on BBC Two a week after its release; the first on 6 March 2016. In Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Middle East, the series began airing in the middle of August 2016. The title music is In Your Dreams from the album Wild Go (2010), by Dark Dark Dark. The final soundtrack in episode 5 is " Out of the Black" by Billie Marten.

On 27 March 2016, the writer of the series, Marnie Dickens, stated that there won't be a second series of the show.

Usage examples of "thirteen".

Judy, that when I was thirteen years old, I picked up an anthology of yours in a little town in North Dakota where I was living, and for the first time I knew that things could be different.

Though the son of a wealthy family, Granacci had been apprenticed to Filippino Lippi at the age of ten, at thirteen had posed as the central figure of the resurrected youth in St.

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Presently one who was almost brainless, acting upon the impulse of suggestion, leaped in among the fighters, striking and biting at Number Thirteen.

Calling aloud for those around him to come to his support he halted fifty yards from his boat just as Number Thirteen with his fierce, brainless horde swept up from the opposite side of the island in the wake of him who bore Virginia Maxon.

One could admire them but on a fundamental level one could not believe them, certainly not in the way one believes that seven and six are thirteen, or that the square on the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares on the other two sides.

Eucharist came forth, and on Maundy Thursday the abbot himself made the rounds, with Cheroki and thirteen monks, to perform the Mandatum at each hermitage.

Holy Orders than a boy of thirteen: a richly illuminated Book of Hours, a rosewood and silver crucifix worthy of a cathedral chapel, a relic of the martyred Saint Willim sealed in a crystal reliquary, and from Hubert, a starkly functional silver chalice and paten and a chasuble of creamy wool, surprisingly plain compared to the other gifts.

He also speaks of a mulatto girl, born in 1848, who began to menstruate at eleven years and nine months, and gave birth to a female child before she reached thirteen, and bore a second child when fourteen years and seven months old.

He noted also that, of the twelve or thirteen midshipmen there associated with him, in less than two years all but one, his old messmate Ogden, of the Essex, had disappeared from the navy.

When I was thirteen I came down with mononucleosis, and for two months, listless and febrile, my throat reamed with barbed wire, I lived on a diet of chicken soup, hot Bovril, and pulp fiction.

Hevin mentions several cases of grains of wheat abstracted from abscesses of the thoracic parietes, from thirteen to fifteen days after ingestion.

They probably heard, faintly piping in the distance, the pentatonic scales of Moussorgsky and Debussy, the scales of Scriabine and Strawinsky and Ornstein, the barbarous, exotic and African scales of the future, the one hundred and thirteen scales of which Busoni speaks.

His thirteen years with the monks in Tibet had taught him much about the wonders of vampiric physiognomy, the astounding supernatural plasticity that was not at all limited to the traditional European transformational varieties of bat, wolf, and mist.

Carpenter describes a case of fatal pleuritis, apparently due to the presence of four artificial teeth which had been swallowed thirteen years before.