|← 9,000||[a], [b], [c] ← 9,999||10,000||11,000 →||100,000 → [a], [b]|
| Cardinal: ten thousand, myriad|
Ordinal: ten-thousandth, myriadth
Multiplier: tenthousandfold, myriadfold
Metric collective prefix: myria-
Metric fractional prefix: dimi-
Number of years: decamillennium
myriad (plural myriads)
- (historical) Ten thousand; 10,000 [from 16th c.]
- A countless number or multitude (of specified things) [from 16th c.]
- Earth hosts a myriad of animals.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XXIX, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume III, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 239:
- A myriad of beginnings to her intended discourse darted into her mind; but, as is usual in such cases, she chose the one the very worst suited to her purpose. "I never intend to marry," said she, in a faltering voice.
Usage notes Edit
Used as an adjective (see below), 'myriad' requires neither an article before it nor a preposition after. Because of this, some consider the usage described in sense 2 above, where 'myriad' acts as part of a nominal (or noun) group (that is, "a myriad of animals"), to be tautological.
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myriad (not comparable)
- (modifying a singular noun) Multifaceted, having innumerable elements [from 18th c.]
- 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage, published 1993, page 131:
- one night he would be singing at the barred window and yelling down out of the soft myriad darkness of a May night; the next night he would be gone [...].
- 2011 April 6–19, Kara Krekeler, "Researchers at Washington U. have 'itch' to cure problem", West End Word, 40 (7), p. 8:
- "As a clinician, it's a difficult symptom to treat," Cornelius said. "The end symptom may be the same, but what's causing it may be myriad."
- (modifying a plural noun) Great in number; innumerable, multitudinous [from 18th c.]
- Earth hosts myriad animals.
- 2013 September 28, Kenan Malik, “London Is Special, but Not That Special”, in New York Times, retrieved 28 September 2013:
- Driven by a perceived political need to adopt a hard-line stance, Mr. Cameron’s coalition government has imposed myriad new restrictions, the aim of which is to reduce net migration to Britain to below 100,000.
See also Edit
- a myriad
|Declension of myriad|