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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

THOU'SAND, a. s as z.
1. Denoting the number of ten hundred.
2. Proverbially, denoting a great number indefinitely. It is a thousand chances to one that you succeed.
THOU'SAND, n. The number of ten hundred.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand. Psalms 91.
Thousand is sometimes used plurally without the plural termination, as in the passage above, ten thousand; but it often takes the plural termination. In former times, how many thousands perished by famine!

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units [syn: thousand, one thousand, 1000, m, k] n
1: the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 [syn: thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural thousands or thousand) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English th?send; akin to Old High German d?sunt thousand, Lithuanian t?kstantis, and probably to Sanskrit tavas strong, Latin tum?re to swell more at thumb Date: before 12th century 1. see number table 2. a very large number <thousands of ants> thousand adjective thousandfold adjective or adverb thousandth adjective or noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. (pl. thousands or (in sense 1) thousand) (in sing. prec. by a or one) 1 the product of a hundred and ten. 2 a symbol for this (1,000, m, M). 3 a set of a thousand things. 4 (in sing. or pl.) colloq. a large number. --adj. that amount to a thousand. Derivatives: thousandfold adj. & adv. thousandth adj. & n. Etymology: OE thusend f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 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].

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.'' --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(thousands) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. Note: The plural form is 'thousand' after a number, or after a word or expression referring to a number, such as 'several' or 'a few'. 1. A thousand or one thousand is the number 1,000. ...five thousand acres... Visitors can expect to pay about a thousand pounds a day. NUM: usu a/num NUM 2. If you refer to thousands of things or people, you are emphasizing that there are very many of them. Thousands of refugees are packed into over-crowded towns and villages... QUANT: QUANT of pl-n [emphasis] You can also use thousands as a pronoun. Hundreds have been killed in the fighting and thousands made homeless. PRON 3. a thousand and one: see one

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

thou'-zand ('eleph; chilioi).


Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Ten hundred. 2. Great number, many, multitude, myriad.

Moby Thesaurus

G, M, a billion, a crore, a lakh, a million, a myriad, a nonillion, a quadrillion, a thousand, a zillion, billion, chiliad, chiliagon, chiliahedron, chiliarch, chiliarchia, considerable, ever so many, full many, gobs, grand, heap, heaped-up, jillion, kilo, kilocycle, kilogram, kilohertz, kiloliter, kilometer, lakh, loads, many, millennium, millepede, milligram, milliliter, million, multifarious, multifold, multiple, multitudinal, multitudinous, myriad, no few, not a few, numerous, one hundred thousand, oodles, quantities, quite some, ten thousand, thou, trillion, very many, yard, zillion

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