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1. a period of ten consecutive years
2. a group or series of ten



(1) A ten-day period. During the French Revolution, the week was replaced by the decade.

(2) A group of ten—in antiquity, a group of soldiers, for example.

(3) A ten-day period of time devoted to some social event or special occasion—for example, a decade of Ukrainian literature or a decade of Azerbaijani music.


A group or assembly of 10 units; for example, a decade counter counts 10 in one column, and a decade box inserts resistance quantities in multiples of powers of 10.
(science and technology)
The interval between any two quantities having the ratio of 10 to 1.
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Lastly, in the concluding decade of the sixteenth century, came a series of realistic stories depicting chiefly, in more or less farcical spirit, the life of the poorer classes.
The significance of 'The Shepherd's Calendar' lies partly in its genuine feeling for external Nature, which contrasts strongly with the hollow conventional phrases of the poetry of the previous decade, and especially in the vigor, the originality, and, in some of the eclogues, the beauty, of the language and of the varied verse.
In the last decade, especially, of the century, no other lyric form compared in popularity with the sonnet.
The last decade of the sixteenth century presents also, in the poems of John Donne,
Once in every decade there shall be a general settlement, when the balance due shall be paid to the creditor nation in Mexican dollars.
A decade before this speech of Everhard's, the New York Board of Trade issued a report from which the following is quoted: "The railroads control absolutely the legislatures of a majority of the states of the Union; they make and unmake United States Senators, congressmen, and governors, and are practically dictators of the governmental policy of the United States.
Grandfather Tarwater, after remaining properly subdued and crushed for a quiet decade, had broken out again.
You don't work the greatest material havoc of a decade at least, in a commercial community, without having something in you.
The scope of the Library thus became extended into something more international, and it is entering on the fifth decade of its existence in the hope that it may contribute to that mutual understanding between countries which is so pressing a need of the present time.
Himself a dangerous bat, a brilliant field, and perhaps the very finest slow bowler of his decade, he took incredibly little interest in the game at large.
The world has become much more competitive during this past decade, especially for "mindshare" of our members.
Summary: The first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record, marked by unprecedented .