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# Ten

Ten (10) is the natural number following nine and preceding eleven

Ten is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 5.

Ten is the base of the decimal numeral system, by far the most common system of denoting numbers both in spoken and written language. For this reason, any number can be instantly multiplied by ten by adding a zero to the end (855 * 10 = 8,550). The basis for choice of ten is presumably that ten is the number of fingers (digits) of the human body.

The Roman numeral for ten is X (which looks like two V's put together).

The Chinese word numeral for ten is the cross +（Kanji 十）.

Ten is the sum of the first three primes.

A collection of ten items (most often ten years) is called a decade.

A polygon with ten sides is a decagon.

A decapod crustacean has ten limbs.

There are ten cents in a dime, itself one tenth of a dollar. The word was shortened from decime.

People were traditionally tithed one tenth of their produce.

Ten in numeral systems
 Base system 2 binary 1010 3 ternary 101 4 quaternary 22 5 quinary 20 6 senary 14 7 septenary 13 8 octal 12 9 novenary 11 10 decimal 10 over 11 (hexadecimal) A or X

It takes ten to make a minyan.

With ten being the base of the decimal system, a scale of 1 to 10 is often used to rank things, as a smaller version of a 1-to-100 scale (as is used in percentages). Something that scores perfectly is "a perfect ten". A person who is extremely attractive and physically flawless is often said to be "a ten", from the idea of ranking that person's appearance and sex appeal on a 1-to-10 scale.

Counting from one to ten before speaking is often done in order to cool one's temper.

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Ten is also