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A century (from the Latin centum, meaning one hundred; abbreviated c.) is one hundred consecutive years.

century n 1: 100 years 2: ten 10s [syn: {hundred}, {100}, {C}, {one C}, {centred}]

132 Moby Thesaurus words for "century": C, C-note, G, G-note, abundant year, academic year, aeon, age, ages, annum, bicentenary, bicentennial, bissextile year, buck, calendar month, calendar year, cartwheel, cent, cental, centare, centenarian, centenary, centennial, centennium, centigram, centimeter, centipede, centistere, centred, centref, centrev, centumvir, centumvirate, centurion, common year, copper, cwt, day, decade, decennary, decennium, defective year, dime, dollar, dollar bill, eternity, fifty cents, fin, fiscal year, fish, five cents, five hundred dollars, five-dollar bill, five-hundred-dollar bill, five-spot, fiver, fortnight, four bits, frogskin, grand, gross, half G, half a C, half dollar, half grand, hecatomb, hour, hundred, hundred-dollar bill, hundredweight, iron man, leap year, long, long hundred, long time, long while, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster, lustrum, man-hour, microsecond, mill, millennium, millisecond, minute, moment, month, month of Sundays, moon, nickel, one C, penny, quarter, quinquennium, red cent, regular year, right smart spell, sawbuck, second, semester, sesquicentenary, sesquicentennial, session, sidereal year, silver dollar, skin, smacker, solar year, sun, ten cents, ten-spot, tenner, tercentenary, tercentennial, term, thousand dollars, thousand-dollar bill, trimester, twelvemonth, twenty-dollar bill, twenty-five cents, two bits, two-dollar bill, two-spot, week, weekday, yard, year, years, years on end

Century \Cen"tu*ry\, n.; pl. {Centuries}. [L. centuria (in senses 1 & 3), fr. centum a hundred: cf. F. centurie. See {Cent}.] 1. A hundred; as, a century of sonnets; an aggregate of a hundred things. [Archaic.] [1913 Webster] And on it said a century of prayers. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A period of a hundred years; as, this event took place over two centuries ago. [1913 Webster] Note: Century, in the reckoning of time, although often used in a general way of any series of hundred consecutive years (as, a century of temperance work), usually signifies a division of the Christian era, consisting of a period of one hundred years ending with the hundredth year from which it is named; as, the first century ({a}. {d}. 1-100 inclusive); the seventh century ({a}.{d}. 601-700); the eighteenth century ({a}.{d}. 1701-1800). With words or phrases connecting it with some other system of chronology it is used of similar division of those eras; as, the first century of Rome (A.U.C. 1-100). [1913 Webster] 3. (Rom. Antiq.) (a) A division of the Roman people formed according to their property, for the purpose of voting for civil officers. (b) One of sixty companies into which a legion of the army was divided. It was Commanded by a centurion. [1913 Webster] {Century plant} (Bot.), the {Agave Americana}, formerly supposed to flower but once in a century; -- hence the name. See {Agave}. {The Magdeburg Centuries}, an ecclesiastical history of the first thirteen centuries, arranged in thirteen volumes, compiled in the 16th century by Protestant scholars at Magdeburg. [1913 Webster]

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A decade is a period of 10 years. The word is derived (via French) from the Ancient Greek dekas which means ten.

decade n 1: a period of 10 years [syn: {decennary}, {decennium}] 2: the cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system [syn: {ten}, {10}, {X}, {tenner}]

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "decade": Big Dick, Decalogue, Ten Commandments, X, abundant year, academic year, annum, bissextile year, calendar month, calendar year, century, common year, day, decagon, decagram, decahedron, decaliter, decameter, decare, decastere, decastyle, decasyllable, decemvir, decemvirate, decennary, decennium, decigram, deciliter, decimeter, decurion, defective year, fiscal year, fortnight, hour, leap year, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster, lustrum, man-hour, microsecond, millennium, millisecond, minute, moment, month, moon, quarter, quinquennium, regular year, second, semester, session, sidereal year, solar year, sun, ten, tenner, term, trimester, twelvemonth, week, weekday, year

Decade \Dec"ade\, n. [F. d['e]cade, L. decas, -adis, fr. Gr. ?, fr. de`ka ten. See {Ten}.] A group or division of ten; esp., a period of ten years; a decennium; as, a decade of years or days; a decade of soldiers; the second decade of Livy. [Written also {decad}.] [1913 Webster] During this notable decade of years. --Gladstone.

Data Sources:

  • century: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • century: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • century: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • century: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • decade: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • decade: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • decade: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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