n. pl. hundred or hun·dreds
1. The cardinal number equal to 10 × 10 or 102.
2. The number in the third position left of the decimal point in an Arabic numeral.
3. A one-hundred-dollar bill.
4. hundreds The numbers between 100 and 999: an attendance figure estimated in the hundreds.
5. An administrative division of some counties in England and the United States.
[Middle English, from Old English; see dek in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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