One Thousand

in offers the following definition:

1. a cardinal number, 10 times 100.
2. a symbol for this number, as 1000 or M.
3. thousands. the numbers between 1000 and 999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: Property damage was in the thousands.
4. a great number or amount.
5. Also, thousand’s place.
a. (in a mixed number) the position of the fourth digit to the left of the decimal point.
b. (in a whole number) the position of the fourth digit from the right.
6. amounting to 1000 in number.

The Online Etymology Dictionary offers this history of the word:

O.E. þusend, from P.Gmc. *thusundi (cf. O.Fris. thusend, Du. duizend, O.H.G. dusunt, Ger. tausend, O.N. þusund, Goth. þusundi); related to words in Balto-Slavic (cf. Lith. tukstantis, O.C.S. tysashta, Pol. tysiac, Czech tisic), and probably ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning “several hundred” or “a great multitude” (with first element perhaps related to Skt. tawas “strong, force”). Used to translate Gk. khilias, L. mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general IE word for “thousand.” Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867.

This is my one thousandth post to this blog.


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