ten: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ten), [key]
— n.
  1. a cardinal number, nine plus one.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 10 or X.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. a playing card with ten pips.
  5. a ten-dollar bill: She had two tens and a five in her purse.
  6. Also called
    1. (in a mixed number) the position of the second digit to the left of the decimal point.
    2. (in a whole number) the position of the second digit from the right.
  7. to rest from what one is doing, esp. for ten minutes.
  1. amounting to ten in number.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the upper end of a rating scale, with 10 indicating the best or a perfect score: That new novel is wonderful—I'd rate it a 10.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. tenor.
  2. tenuto.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also:
  • ten (Thesaurus)