(French) décade, (Latin) decas, -adis, from (Greek) Ten.
A group or division of ten; especially, 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.] During this notable decade of years. Gladstone.
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From Middle English, from Middle French decade, from Late Latin decas (“(set of) ten”), from Ancient Greek δέκας (dékas), from δέκα (déka, “ten”).
(ten years): decennium
decade (plural decades) A series or group of ten things. a decade of soldiers A period of ten years. 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii The repeated exposure, over decades, to most taxa here treated has resulted in repeated modifications of both diagnoses and discussions, as initial ideas of the various taxa underwent—often repeated—conceptual modification. 1979 December, “Museums”, Texas Monthly, volume 7, number 12, page 22: Thru May: 1920s — The Decade That Roared. New exhibition portraying historical events and everyday life during the Roaring Twenties. 2013 March 1, David S. Senchina, “Athletics and Herbal Supplements”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 2, page 134: Athletes' use of herbal supplements has skyrocketed in the past two decades. (French history) In the French Revolutionary calendar, a group of ten days. 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 481: The year was divided up into twelve months renamed after the seasons ; each month comprised three ‘decades’ of ten days – with the décadi replacing Sundays as a day of rest; and each day was reconsecrated to a natural product or farming tool or technique. (Roman Catholicism) A series of ten Hail Marys in the rosary. (physics, engineering) The interval between any two quantities having the ratio 10 to 1. There are decades between 1.8 and 18, between 25 and 250 and between 0.03 and 0.003.
decade third-person singular indicative present of decadere
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