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myriad (MIR-ee-ehd) adjective

1. Constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable.

2. Composed of numerous diverse elements or facets.

myriad noun

1. A vast number.

2. Archaic. Ten thousand.

[Greek murias, muriad-, ten thousand, from murios, countless.]

"Canion favors letting a thousand start-ups bloom to create myriad programs that would all work in IBM-compatible machines, if not necessarily with one another." Thomas Mccarroll, The Humbling of a Computer Colossus, Time, 20 May 1991.

This week's theme: words about numbers.


The first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. -Cato the Younger (B.C. 95-46)

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