see also: Decima
  • IPA: /ˈdɛsɪmə/

decima (plural decimas)

  1. (generally obsolete) A tenth, particularly
    1. A tithe or tax of one-tenth (now usually in historical Italian contexts).
      • 1988, Renaissance Studies, Vol. 2, p. 195
        He brandished his title as apostolic commissioner in court, and as supervisor of the papal decima in Tuscany.
    2. (obsolete, music) A tenth: a note nine degrees of the scale above or below a given note (and thus ten degrees separate counting inclusively) or the interval between such notes.
    3. (music) An organ stop a tenth above the normal 8-foot pitch.
  • (generally) See tenth
  • (tithe) See tithe
  • (musical note or interval) See tenth
  • (organ stop) double-tierce, great-tierce

decima (plural decimas)

  1. (poetry) A 10-line verse or stanza, (chiefly) in the form of a song comprising an introductory verse followed by four such divisions.
    • 2008 December 4, New York Times, C8:
      His album... dealt with the song form of Puerto Rican back-country troubadours, and it had a preoccupation with... the décima, a 10-line stanza with specific rhyme schemes.

  • (British) IPA: /ˈdɛsɪmə/
Proper noun
  1. (Roman god) One of the three Fates, or Parcae, daughter of Jupiter and Justitia; the measurer of the thread of life. She is the Roman equivalent of Lachesis.

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