\ ˈten(t)th How to pronounce tenth (audio) \
plural tenths\ ˈten(t)s How to pronounce tenths (audio) , 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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Other Words from tenth

tenth adjective or adverb

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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Recent Examples on the Web This number shows the last three digits of a station’s air-pressure reading to the nearest tenth of a millibar (mb); the last number actually comes after the decimal point. Dennis Mersereau, Outside Online, "How to Read a Surface Weather Map," 15 Oct. 2020 Add the cost of rebuilding, treating casualties and restoration, says Headwaters Economics, a think-tank, and that is perhaps a tenth of the total cost. The Economist, "Natural disasters Wildfires will be more common in a warming world," 12 Sep. 2020 One to 2 inches will be possible across the southeastern part of the region, and areas in the northwest may only see a tenth to a quarter inch. Leigh Morgan, al, "What will Hurricane Sally bring to the rest of Alabama?," 16 Sep. 2020 The Obama administration had bumped up the fuel economy penalty in 2016 to adjust for inflation, increasing it from $5.50 to $14 per tenth of a mile per gallon. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: NuScale reaches milestone in quest for working small nuclear reactor," 31 Aug. 2020 The combined average temperature over land and the ocean across the globe for the first six months of 2020 was less than one-tenth of a degree from being the warmest first six months of the year on record. Dinah Voyles Pulver, The Arizona Republic, "​Like much of the nation, Arizona sees hotter-than-normal year so far," 31 July 2020 Kaiser and his colleagues chose rhenium because each atom is relatively large, compared more familiar atoms like carbon and oxygen that are less than one tenth of its atomic weight. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch First-Ever Footage of Atoms Forming and Breaking Bonds," 22 Jan. 2020 Thirty-four million Americans—over a tenth of the nation’s population—have some college credits but dropped out before graduating. Jonathan Zimmerman, The New York Review of Books, "What Is College Worth?," 17 June 2020 Now, with extensive safety measures in place, leaders are looking at accommodating groups a tenth that size. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee faith leaders reconsider every element of the religious experience as they make plans to reopen facilities," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of tenth

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tenth was in the 13th century

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25 Oct 2020

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“Tenth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenth. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce tenth (audio)

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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