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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 273 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DIME (from the Lat. decima, a tenth, through the O. Fr. disme), the tenth part, the tithe paid as church dues, or as tribute to a temporal power. In this sense it is obsolete, but is found in Wycliffe's translation of the Bible—" He gave him dymes of alle thingis " (Gen. xiv. 2o). A dime is a silver coin of the United States, in value to cents (English equivalent about 5d.) or one-tenth of a dollar; hence " dime-novel," a cheap sensational novel, a " penny dreadful "; also " dime-museum."
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