Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music: An interval of ten diatonic degrees, being an octave and a third.
  • n. An organ-stop whose pipes sound a tenth above the keys struck.
  • n. A Spanish money: the tenth of a real vellon, or about 5 cents in United States money.
  • n. A tenth part; a tithe or tax of one tenth.

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Examples

  • African-Peruvians also took to a poetic style known as decima, a form which was exemplified in the work of Afro-Peruvian poet Nicomedes Santa Cruz.

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  • For Henry potentia absoluta always indicates the possibility of acting in a disorderly way, which the pope, who is capable of sinning, possesses, but God does not (see Tractatus super facto praelatorum et fratrum, ratio decima pro fratribus, ed. Hödl/Haverals, pp. 253-259; cf. Porro 2003).

    Hitler's Angel (A Meta Christmas Carol)

  • Anno Domini 1331. decima quarta die mensis Ianuarij obijt in

    The Journal of Friar Odoric

  • Ite, leues elegi, doctas ad consulis aures, uerbaque honorato ferte legenda uiro. longa uia est, nec uos pedibus proceditis aequis, tectaque brumali sub niue terra latet. cum gelidam Thracen et opertum nubibus Haemon 5 et maris Ionii transieritis aquas, luce minus decima dominam uenietis in urbem, ut festinatum non faciatis iter. protinus inde domus uobis Pompeia petetur; non est Augusto iunctior ulla foro.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • He was the inventor of the measure known at first as the "espinela" and later as the "decima", because it hasten syllables.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • It is further to be borne in mind that, four months earlier, the Pope had levied a similar decima, or tax, upon the entire College of Cardinals and every official in the service of the

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • It is further to be borne in mind that, four months earlier, the Pope had levied a similar decima, or tax, upon the entire College of Cardinals and every official in the service of the Holy See, for the purposes of the expedition against the Muslim, who was in arms against Christianity.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • The _decima_ he now started to sing related to his early experiences, and swaying his body from side to side and bending forward until his beard was all over his knees he began in his raucous voice:

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • The first occasion was at a big gathering of gauchos when Barboza was asked and graciously consented to sing a _decima_ -- a song or ballad consisting of four ten-line stanzas.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • And so it went on to the end -- boastful stanza and insulting remarks from Marcos; and by the time the _decima_ ended a dozen or twenty men had forced themselves in between the two so that there could be no fight on this occasion.

    Far Away and Long Ago

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