Pronunciation: (thou'zund), [key]
—n., pl. -sands, (as after a numeral) -sand,
1. a cardinal number, 10 times 100.
2. a symbol for this number, as 1000 or M.
3. thousands.the numbers between 1000 and 999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: Property damage was in the thousands.
4. a great number or amount.
5. Also,thou'sand's place".
a. (in a mixed number) the position of the fourth digit to the left of the decimal point.
b. (in a whole number) the position of the fourth digit from the right.
amounting to 1000 in number.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.