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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
several hundred/thousand etc
▪ The bill came to several hundred pounds.
a cool million/hundred thousand etc
be batting a thousand
▪ Because everyone was in such a good mood, he must have collected several thousand francs.
▪ How do I decide rationally when I hear a thousand different voices screaming contradictory advice?
▪ It sold ten thousand copies and was followed by my Hindu View of Art.
▪ It was the next night after about one hundred and thirty thousand people in Dresden would die.
▪ It would cost the branch a few thousand dollars to rectify.
▪ The grand enslavement began in the Middle East, with rye, thirteen thousand years ago.
▪ The scientists had drilled nearly 600 feet into the ocean bottom in over ten thousand feet of water.
▪ The second night the marchers showed up, the neighborhood mob grew to almost a thousand.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Thousand \Thou"sand\, n. [OE. [thorn]ousend, [thorn]usend, AS. [thorn][=u]send; akin to OS. th[=u]sundig, th[=u]sind, OFries. thusend, D. duizend, G. tausend, OHG. t[=u]sunt, d[=u]sunt, Icel. [thorn][=u]sund, [thorn][=u]shund, Sw. tusen, Dan. tusind, Goth. [thorn][=u]sundi, 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.

    Note: 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 CI[Crev].


Thousand \Thou"sand\, a.

  1. Consisting of ten hundred; being ten times one hundred.

  2. Hence, consisting of a great number indefinitely. ``Perplexed with a thousand cares.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English þusend, from Proto-Germanic *thusundi (cognates: Old Frisian thusend, Dutch duizend, Old High German dusunt, German tausend, Old Norse þusund, Gothic þusundi).\n

\nRelated to words in Balto-Slavic (Lithuanian tukstantis, Old Church Slavonic tysashta, Polish tysiąc, Russian tysiacha, Czech tisic), and probably ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning "great multitude, several hundred," literally "swollen-hundred," with first element from PIE root *teue- (2) "to swell" (see thigh).\n

\nUsed to translate Greek khilias, Latin mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general Indo-European word for "thousand." Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867. Thousand island dressing (1916) presumably is named for the region of New York on the St. Lawrence River.


num. (context cardinal English) A numerical value equal to 1000 = 10 × 100 = 103


adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: a thousand, one thousand, 1000, m, k]


n. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 [syn: one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard]

Thousand (comics)

The Thousand is a fictional character in Marvel Comics.

Thousand (game)

Thousand — Trick-taking game for three, or four players, the goal is go get in the end more than 1000 points, first player to achieve overall (sum-up) more than 1000 points wins the game. Game features "marriages" (King and Queen of the same suit), which allow a player to claim / assign a suit to be a trump suit. When playing with four players one player (every round it is a next clock-wise player) is only a dealer and does not take part in the game round itself. In this case dealer gets as much scores as there was in stock counting even marriages if one happened to appear in stock. Every game round consists of several steps: shuffling & dealing cards, bidding, playing round cards, counting scores, summing up with previous results.

Usage examples of "thousand".

Pillar, a military edifice situated within two square miles of bronze-faced outer battlements, and capable of accommodating seventeen jerds, somewhere in the region of seventeen thousand men.

Since their institution or revival by Augustus, they had been celebrated by Claudius, by Domitian, and by Severus, and were now renewed the fifth time, on the accomplishment of the full period of a thousand years from the foundation of Rome.

They do not use accumulators, and therefore their dissipation is limited to their maximum reception, which is about seventy thousand kilofranks.

Mercator World Map of 1569 included an accurate portrayal of the coasts of Antarctica as they would have looked thousands of years ago when they were free of ice.

On opening the desk I saw the copy of a letter advising the Proveditore of Corfu of a grant of three thousand sequins for the restoration of the old fortress.

The Allegiancy, for nearly two thousand years, had utilized the best within each of those who served it, remaining impervious to their inevitable, mortal pettiness.

Above the core should lie thousands of miles of allotropic ice, and then the metallic-hydrogen layer.

Camps were hurriedly struck and horses saddled, then the entire forceeight thousand Ravensbundmen and three thousand Acharitesfell into file behind the great bear as she ambled along, grunting to herself and occasionally pausing to scratch the ruff of her neck.

In over two thousand closely printed pages, it managed to include all the festal days, the Hours of the monastic Office, the complex and elaborate rites once performed between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday, the psalms and their intonations, a wealth of antiphons, Glorias, Credos, Introits, Graduals, smatterings of Ambrosian and even Gallican chant, and much more.

Men died in the thousands, gasping, each breath more improbable than the last, at furnace air, sucking final moments of anguished, dreamlike life through throats of charred wood.

With Echo every sporting character was better known than his college tutor, and not a few kept an eye upon the boy, with hopes, no doubt, of hereafter benefiting by his inexperience, when, having got the whip-hand of his juvenile restrictions, he starts forth to the world a man of fashion and consequence, with an unencumbered property of fifteen thousand per annum, besides expectancies.

If his fortune should be one thousand per annum, his income may be extended to five, by virtue of credit and credulity.

She bestowed five thousand pounds per annum, out of the post-office, on the duke of Marlborough: she suffered seven hundred pounds to be charged weekly on the same office, for the service of the public: she expended several hundred thousand pounds in building the castle of Blenheim: she allowed four thousand pounds annually to prince Charles of Denmark: she sustained great loses by the tin contract: she supported the poor Palatines: she exhibited many other proofs of royal bounty: and immediately before her death she had formed a plan of retrenchment, which would have reduced her yearly expenses to four hundred and fifty-nine thousand nine hundred and forty-one pounds.

The father reserved to himself a revenue of one hundred thousand pistoles per annum, retired to the castle of Chamberry, and espoused the countess dowager of St.

He asserted that the scheme he was about to propose would remove all these inconveniencies, prevent numberless frauds, perjuries, and false entries, and add two or three hundred thousand pounds per annum to the public revenue.