Tenth definition

tĕnth
The ordinal number matching the number ten in a series.
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Preceded by nine others in a series; 10th.
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One of ten equal parts.
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Designating any of the ten equal parts of something.
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The one following the ninth.
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Any of the ten equal parts of something;110
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A tenth of a gallon.
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In the tenth place, rank, group, etc.
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The ordinal form of the number ten.
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10th, 10th; (in names of monarchs and popes) X.
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The person or thing in the tenth position.
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One of ten equal parts of a whole.
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(music) 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.
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(UK, law, historical, in the plural) 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.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tenth
Plural:
tenths

Origin of tenth

  • Middle English tenthe alteration of tethe from Old English tēotha tithe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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.

    From Wiktionary