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thou

1. one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre
2. Informal short for thousand
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thou

[thau̇]
(mathematics)
mil
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
"Will Scarlet," quoth Little John, stepping forward and reaching out his great palm, which the other took, "Will Scarlet, the name fitteth thee well.
"A plague of thee and thy doings!" cried Robin Hood.
Admirably do forest and rock know how to be silent with thee. Resemble again the tree which thou lovest, the broad-branched one--silently and attentively it o'erhangeth the sea.
But the hour presseth them; so they press thee. And also from thee they want Yea or Nay.
CREON So those two crutches shall no longer serve thee For further roaming.
"Thee wouldstna go to work again, wi'out ha'in thy bit o' supper?"
"John can come in here to his meals, if thee needs to stay all day," suggested Rachel.
JOCASTA Believe him, I adjure thee, Oedipus, First for his solemn oath's sake, then for mine, And for thine elders' sake who wait on thee.
Open talk shall call to thee Strength, whose mate is Courtesy.
Late hours and wine, Castiglione, -- these Will ruin thee! thou art already altered -- Thy looks are haggard -- nothing so wears away The constitution as late hours and wine.
"He does not fly who retires," returned Don Quixote; "for I would have thee know, Sancho, that the valour which is not based upon a foundation of prudence is called rashness, and the exploits of the rash man are to be attributed rather to good fortune than to courage; and so I own that I retired, but not that I fled; and therein I have followed the example of many valiant men who have reserved themselves for better times; the histories are full of instances of this, but as it would not be any good to thee or pleasure to me, I will not recount them to thee now."
And the great Light of Day yet wants to run Much of his Race though steep, suspens in Heav'n Held by thy voice, thy potent voice he heares, And longer will delay to heare thee tell His Generation, and the rising Birth Of Nature from the unapparent Deep: Or if the Starr of Eevning and the Moon Haste to thy audience, Night with her will bring Silence, and Sleep listning to thee will watch, Or we can bid his absence, till thy Song End, and dismiss thee ere the Morning shine.