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cent

Definitions

  • "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
    "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cent a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
    • n cent a fractional monetary unit of several countries
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Additional illustrations & photos:

FIVE CENTS SAVINGS BANK FIVE CENTS SAVINGS BANK
WHERE BEER WAS ONLY FIVE CENTS PER GLASS WHERE BEER WAS ONLY FIVE CENTS PER GLASS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The two top toys in 1950 were Silly Putty which sold for $1, and Crayola crayons which sold for 50 cents
    • Cent A hundred; as, ten per cent, the proportion of ten parts in a hundred.
    • Cent A United States coin, the hundredth part of a dollar, formerly made of copper, now of copper, tin, and zinc.
    • Cent An old game at cards, supposed to be like piquet; -- so called because 100 points won the game.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The banana was officially introduced in 1876 in the U.S. at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. The bananas were wrapped in tinfoil and were sold for 10 cents each
    • n cent A hundred.
    • n cent The hundredth part of a dollar, a rupee, or a florin; especially, in the United States, a coin of copper, or copper and nickel, whose value is the hundredth part of a dollar, or about the same as an English half-penny. Other dollars are divided in the same way, as the Spanish dollar, duro, of piastre, though not in Spain; also, the Dutch florin and the East Indian rupee in Ceylon and the Mauritius. Abbreviated c. or ct.
    • n cent An old superficial measure of Belgium, the hundredth part of the bonnier.
    • n cent An old game at cards: so called “because 100 was the game” (Nares). Also spelled sant and saint.
    • n cent An abbreviation of Latin centum, a hundred: used in per cent. for per centum (in or by the hundred): as, interest at 10 per cent.; fifty per cent. of the population.
    • n cent A name of various coins reckoned as the hundredth part of a dollar. a current subsidiary coin of British North America, British Guiana, British Honduras, the Danish West Indies, Hawaii, Fiji, Liberia, Cuba, Guam, the Philippine Islands, and Porto Rico, equal to one United States cent.
    • n cent An abbreviation of central;
    • n cent of centigrade;
    • n cent of century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1965, the price for an issue of TV Guide was 15 cents
    • n Cent sent a hundred: an American coin—the hundredth part of a dollar
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Quotations

  • Stephen B. Leacock
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    “It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.”
  • Bob Grinde
    Bob Grinde
    “Go out and buy yourself a five-cent pencil and a ten-cent notebook and begin to write down some million-dollar ideas for yourself.”
  • Franklin P. Adams
    Franklin P. Adams
    “There are plenty of good five cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter.”
  • Franklin P. Adams
    Franklin P. Adams
    “What this country needs is a good five cent cigar.”
  • Loretta Lynn
    Loretta Lynn
    “A woman's two cents worth is worth two cents in the music business.”
  • Tommy Steele
    Tommy Steele
    “Show business is really 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent being able to handle it when it gets offered to you.”

Idioms

Not worth a red cent - (USA) If something is not worth a red cent, it has no value.
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That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee - (USA) This is used to describe something that is deemed worthless. "He's got a Ph.D. in Philosophy." "So? That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee."
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Two cents - If you add or throw in your two cents, you give your opinion on an issue.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cent, hundred, L. centum,. See Hundred
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. centum, a hundred.

Usage

In literature:

The slave trade had increased twenty-five per cent.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The mortality officially registered in those "dens of death" was 17.5 per cent of their population.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
If A and B are two closely competing firms, A owning a special machine capable of earning for him 2 per cent.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
We bought sugar this day at a cent a pound less than the market price and good beans for two cents a quart less.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
The sum of four cents at the end of an hour's journey gives it an extremely amiable and intelligent cast.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
This would make but twenty cents, leaving him a balance of two cents.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
The cost of the tomato sauce will be about ten cents, and of the entire dish about eighteen cents.
"Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six" by Juliet Corson
A German quotation of, say, 31, means, therefore, 7.38 cents (31 x .238 = 7.378) for 1.1 pounds, or 6.71 cents per pound.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The number of criminals who are allured into relapse is computed by Orano to be 45 per cent of the whole.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
The grain rates from Chicago to Pittsburgh were 25 cents per hundred in March, 1878, and only 15 cents from Chicago to New York.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
In November the percentage of deaths was only 2.1 per cent., and in December only 1.7 per cent.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Brick masons who had received 50 cents per hour thereafter earned 62-1/2 cents and 70 cents per hour.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
Prices of the buttons per set for coat is 15 cents and per set for shirt 10 cents.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Cloth, $1.00; paper, 25 cents.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
And at least ninety-five per cent.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The Negro proportion in the state in 1860 was 45.4 per cent, and in 1900 was 45.2 per cent.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
I will never pay you a cent!
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
She told how 45 per cent.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Women laborers are organized as yet only to a small extent (1 per cent, while 10 per cent of the men are organized).
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
The price ought not to be over fifteen cents.
"A Treatise on Etching" by Maxime Lalanne
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In poetry:

I never saw a loaf of bread
Conspicuous in its purity,
But that I sadly shook my head
And left five-cents as surety.
"A Hardship" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Then "Going! going!" Cupid cried;
The silence was intense
Until old Goldbags said, "I bid
My stocks and four per cents!"
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
Sir George Williams, noble man,
Half 'cent'ry 've passed away,
Since thou first didst raise thy hand
To start the Y. M. C. A.
"Y. M. C. A. Founder. Sir Geo. Williams." by Frank Barbour Coffin
He never heard of chivalry,
He longs for no heroic times;
He thinks of pickles, olives, tea,
And dollars, nickles, cents and dimes.
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
I ne'er could lend on bill or band,
That five per cent. might blest me;
And borrowing, on the tither hand,
The deil a ane wad trust me.
"Ah, Woe Is Me, My Mother Dear" by Robert Burns
As you, O Lord, our herds behold—
Which represents a sack of gold—
I think at least five cents per pound
Should be the price of beef year round.
"A Cattleman's Prayer" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Quad/Graphics Inc approved a 20% increase to its 2013 quarterly cash dividend, to 30 cents from 25 cents a share, and declared a special dividend of $2 a share.
FMC Corporation (FMC) announced its quarterly dividend of 13.5 cents per share, an increase of about 50% over its prior dividend in September of 9 cents.
Dollar General (DG) announced that profits for the third quarter increased to to $207.7 million, or 62 cents per share, versus $171.2 million, or 50 cents, a year earlier.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road in addition to Dulles and Reagan Airports, voted Wednesday to raise one-way rates by 50 cents in 2013 and another 75 cents in 2014.
Dollar General (DG) announced that profits for the third quarter increased to to $207.7 million, or 62 cents per share, versus $171.2 million, or 50 cents, a year earlier.
Lululemon (LULU) announced that net income increased to $57.3 million, or 39 cents per share, versus $38.8 million, or 27 cents per share, in the same period last year.
Portland General Electric Company said it earned $29 million, or 38 cents per diluted share in the quarter ended Dec 31, compared to net income of $25 million, or 34 cents per diluted share in the same period of 2010.
Enjoyed a good first quarter, with earnings of 80 cents per diluted share, up from 36 cents during the first quarter last year.
CLINTON — Unity Bancorp, parent of Unity Bank, reported net income of $509,000 or 7 cents a share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a net loss of $164,000 or 2 cents a share for the same period in 2011.
The company expects a per-share profit of 5 cents to 9 cents, down from an earlier estimate of 23 cents to 31 cents.
Nationwide, a cost of a gallon of gasoline fell to $3.32 Wednesday, according to AAA, down 13 cents in the past month and nearly 50 cents since mid-October.
Down 8 cents in a week, 48 cents in a month.
That's down 8 cents in a week, 48 cents in a month, and it's 14 cents lower than a year ago.
Women earned 77 cents for every dollar men earned in 2011, compared with 59 cents in 1963, the year President John F Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act.
10-year note +6.25 cents _34.4 cents.
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In science:

This set of functions spans the space of the coefficents of the derivative expansion of the SL(2, Z ) invariant graviton scattering amplitude.
On the finiteness of N=8 quantum supergravity
The corrections were not very large, ranging from 10–34 per cent and they do not affect the conclusions.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
But suppose the light from the CBs of this GRB is gravitationally lensed by a star or a binary, of mass ∼ 2 M⊙, placed roughly halfway to their position (the probability for something like this to happen is a few per-cent).
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
We found for a three-dimensional grid with n = 33 grid points on a side, eight complete V cycles was more than sufficient to reduce the residual to the level of machine accuracy, and the resulting numerical solutions conformed to analytic solutions to well within 1 per cent.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
We see an apparent underestimation of all theoretical optical modes by as much as 50 or more per cent as compared to the experiment .
Linear Response Calculations of Lattice Dynamics in Strongly Correlated Systems
Since H is a regular element of h by [Hu, 13.3], h = Cent g(H ) is a Cartan subalgebra of g; since h is the complexification of Cent g0 (H ), we see that h is stable under σ .
On simple real Lie bialgebras
Ponman, Cannon & Navarro (1999) measured the entropy of groups and clusters at 10 per cent of their virial radii, and showed that low-mass clusters and groups deviated from the self-similar prediction, tending to a constant value of ∼ 100h−1/3 keV cm2 (albeit with very large scatter).
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
The shaded region in Fig. 8 represents measured global cooled gas fractions (the global value is the asymptotic limit for large halo mass), combining the stellar fractions measured by Cole et al. using data from the 2MASS and 2dF galaxy surveys, with a further 10 per cent of the mass in cold gas (Balogh et al. 2001).
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
Globally, only just over 3 per cent of the gas forms stars in the fiducial model by z = 0, lower than the observed value by a factor of ∼ 3.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
Current attempts, however (see for example the compilation of data by Balogh et al.), measure values between 10-20 per cent at 1 keV.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
As expected, the star fraction increases when decreasing ǫ for fixed kTSN, and the model with ǫ = 0.1 contains approximately the correct amount of cooled material (∼ 10 per cent, c.f.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
To do this we first found the closest pair, then rejected those which had masses differing by more than 15 per cent or separations greater than 20 per cent of the average virial radius.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
The final column in Table 2 lists the cooled baryon fraction for the 2 runs; a factor of 8 increase in resolution only increases this fraction by ∼ 20 per cent.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
Doppler peaks of the CMB anisotropies, then this is sufficent, and the constant wQ has to be seen as some “average ” of a dynamical wQ (z) arising in a quintessence scenario.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
As the first application we improve in Theorem 3.4 below our re cent result [Ri99, Theorem, p. 233] on the weighted boundary behavior of nonnegative subharmonic functions.
A generalized mean value inequality for subharmonic functions and applications
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