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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Ten


TEN, adjective [Latin decem.]

1. Twice five; nine and one.

With twice ten sail I cross'd the Phrygian sea.

2. It is a kind of proverbial number.

There's a proud modesty in merit,

Averse to begging, and resolv'd to pay

TEN times the gift it asks.

The meaning in this use is, a great deal more, indefinitely.