I searched the forum but couldn't find the clear meaning of "hundreds of thousands" or "tens of thousands". I am looking for the exact definition of these two phrases. Please help!

"hundreds of thousands" - anywhere from 200,000 to 999,999. Maybe even 125,000 up to 999,999. (Although once you get to 900,000 you probably say "close to a million.")

"tens of thousands" - 20,000 to 99,999.

Jan 28 2007 16:01:28

But both expressions are typically used idiomatically to mean "a very large number".

I searched the forum but couldn't find the clear meaning of "hundreds of thousands" or "tens of thousands". I am looking for the exact definition of these two phrases. Please help!

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Tens of thousands: 10,000; 20,000; 30,000 etc.

Hundreds of thousands: 100,000; 200,000; 300,000 etc.

Jan 28 2007 19:03:39

Dear all,

Thank you very much! Now I can understand these terms.

Regards,

Jan 29 2007 02:47:14

I too am looking for the meaning! Please let me know if you find out. I feel like a dog chasing it's tail! The words are used recklessly. I seriously doubt the people using the term know the number. Thanks, Lisa

Lisa, you don't think the answers that have already been given in this thread are sufficient? Yes, they are often used in exaggeration, but I do think people know what these terms mean.

Mar 04 2007 04:09:54

good estimate...good guess...

Mar 12 2011 06:16:25

'Hundreds of thousands' means Hundreds Multiply By Thousands (100x*1000x=100000x) i.e. Lacs or millions 'Tens of hundreds' means Tens Multiply By Hundreds (10x*100x=1000x) i.e. Thousands

"tens of thousands" - 20,000 to 99,999.

BarbaraPAanonymousTens of thousands: 10,000; 20,000; 30,000 etc.Hundreds of thousands: 100,000; 200,000; 300,000 etc.PhilipThank you very much! Now I can understand these terms.

Regards,

Summer3anonymousBarbaraPAanonymous'Tens of hundreds' means Tens Multiply By Hundreds (10x*100x=1000x) i.e. Thousands

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