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Ten. adj. [tẏn, Saxon; tien, Dutch.] The decimal number; twice five; the number by which we multiply numbers into new denominations.

Thou shalt have more
Than two tens to a score.
Shakesp. King Lear.

Ten hath been extolled as containing even, odd, long, and plain, quadrate and cubical numbers; and Aristotle observed, that Barbarians as well as Greeks used a numeration unto ten. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

With twice ten sail I cross'd the Phrygian sea,
Scarce seven within your harbour meet.

There's a proud modesty in merit,
Averse from begging; and resolv'd to pay
Ten times the gift it asks.
Dryden's Cleomenes.

                From the soft lyre,
Sweet flute, and ten string'd instrument, require
Sounds of delight.

Although English is too little cultivated, yet the faults are nine in ten owing to affectation. Swift's Miscel.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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