\ˈten(t)th \
plural tenths\ˈten(t)s, ˈten(t)ths \

Definition of tenth 

1 : one that is number 10 in a series — see Table of Numbers

2a : a musical interval embracing an octave and a third

b : the tone at this interval

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Examples of tenth in a Sentence

He was tenth in line. He traded stocks for one tenth their face value. I only paid a tenth of what you did for that jacket.
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Its stock closed Wednesday at $1.39 a share, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the $1,375.65-a-share level less than five years ago. Anchorage Daily News, "Companies’ first step in drilling for oil in ANWR draws scathing federal response," 31 May 2018 Israel, with a similar GDP and one-tenth the population, drew $12.3bn. The Economist, "Mullahs rig the price of moolah in Iran," 21 Apr. 2018 The couple also encouraged tenants to contribute one-tenth of the savings to charity. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Free rent in Seattle, no catch: Landlords’ faith inspired a gift for tenants," 26 Oct. 2018 And although event organizer Jason Kessler had expected as many as 400 people to attend, photos of the rally suggest that the crowd didn’t even amount to one-tenth of that size. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Counterprotesters vastly outnumbered white nationalists at Unite the Right 2," 12 Aug. 2018 Overall, Central Florida saw about 80,000 square feet of office space go unfilled, with vacancy up a tenth of a percentage point year over year to 10.3 percent, according to JLL. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Drop in Metro Orlando office occupancies could get worse, analyst says," 11 July 2018 Measurable rainfall — less than one-tenth of an inch — also fell in parts of Mesa and Tempe and north Phoenix. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018 The bond rate would drop one-tenth of a mill, to 1.319 mills. David Ibata, ajc, "Forsyth vows to hold line on county millage rates," 29 June 2018 To put that number in perspective, the total amount of solar power added by all the world’s nations in 2017 was slightly less than a tenth of a terawatt, so this research isn’t immediately relevant for today’s renewable installations. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels in the Sahara Could Make It Rain More," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of tenth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tenth

: the number 10 in a series

: one of 10 equal parts of something


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Kids Definition of tenth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after ninth tenth grade



Kids Definition of tenth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number ten in a series

2 : one of ten equal parts

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