\ˈdīm \

Definition of dime 

1a : a coin of the U.S. worth ¹/₁₀ dollar

b : a petty sum of money

2 : a Canadian 10-cent piece

3 slang : a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (such as marijuana)

called also dime bag

4 informal : money provided to pay expenses Executives in a perk-rich environment get used to living on the company's dime [=on the company's money; at the company's expense]— James Surowiecki They hopped a Greyhound, on their own dime, and had such a good time they stayed on …— Mark Ribowsky The boys are worthless, feckless layabouts, living off David's dime.— Whitney Pastorek

a dime a dozen

: so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value

on a dime

1 : in a very small area these cars can turn on a dime

2 : instantly

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Examples of dime in a Sentence

the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime

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Radiation detectors and dime-sized disks of plutonium and cesium used to make sure the detectors were working properly. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "The US government has trouble keeping track of radioactive material," 17 July 2018 The fare is $1 per ride plus a dime and nickel for every minute in transit. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 Well, Donte has a tremendous amount of body control and a tremendous ability to stop on a dime and cut. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Donte Jackson: Panthers' second-round pick brings speed and swagger to secondary | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 Meanwhile, travelers from 15 states and beyond have visited Woodstock to lay candles, dimes and mini bottles of Wild Turkey at McLemore's grave at the Green Pond Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Alabama Senate again delays action on economic developers bill," 28 Mar. 2018 The missile uses the rolling motion generated by its tail fins to change direction on a dime. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Ship Defense Missile Just Got Deadlier," 11 Apr. 2016 In an age when collaborations are a dime a dozen, this one might be one of the most unexpected and exciting: Vivienne Westwood is collaborating with Burberry. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Brings Vivienne Westwood to Burberry for a Collaboration," 6 July 2018 In one classroom, where children were learning about the U.S. money system, the kids followed the directions of their teacher to draw a circle, the shape of an American dime. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "5 things we learned from Melania Trump's visit to Arizona," 28 June 2018 Financial dilemmas are a dime a dozen in most people's lives. refinery29.com, "This Not That: Credit Card Debt vs. 401(k)," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of dime

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dime

Middle English, tenth part, tithe, from Anglo-French disme, dime, from Latin decima, from feminine of decimus tenth, from decem ten — more at ten

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The first known use of dime was in 1786

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English Language Learners Definition of dime

: a U.S. or Canadian coin that is worth 10 cents


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Kids Definition of dime

: a United States coin worth ten cents

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