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The thermometers are graduated from 0° to 12° C. or from 8° to 20° C. and each degree is divided into fiftieths.
Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man Francis Gano Benedict 1913
For mechanical convenience, a screw is used whose pitch is 25 to the inch; therefore one turn of the cap moves the plug one twenty-fifth of an inch, or ten two-hundred-and-fiftieths.
Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development Francis Galton 1866
Forty-nine fiftieths of the inhabitants of the kingdom, forty-nine fiftieths of the property of the kingdom, almost all the political, legal, and military ability and knowledge to be found in the kingdom, were Protestant.
The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 2 Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay 1829
The present Commission has ample powers to ascertain this fact at least: and we will venture to assert, that not one instance of starvation will have been proven before it; and that out of the hundreds of thousands who were reported to have been mercilessly turned adrift to perish at the backs of ditches, forty-nine fiftieths will be found well and hearty, and in the occupation of those lands from which they were said to have been expelled.
If a property tax were now imposed on the principle that no person who had less than a hundred and fifty pounds a year should contribute, I should not be surprised to find that one half in number and value of the contributors had no votes at all; and it would, beyond all doubt, be found that one fiftieth part in number and value of the contributors had a larger share of the representation than the other forty-nine fiftieths.
Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches — Volume 4 Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay 1829
a country where at least forty-nine fiftieths of the population and much more than forty-nine fiftieths of the wealth and the intelligence were
The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 4 Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay 1829