Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A high-velocity gun with a caliber of 88 millimeters, used by German troops as an antiaircraft and antitank weapon during World War II.
  • n. An artillery shell, especially one fired by this gun.
  • n. Slang A piano.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Number between eighty-seven and eighty-nine; decimal 88
  • n. An abbreviation for 'Hugs and kisses' in amateur radio. Used especially in Morse code.
  • n. A piano (from the number of keys)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being eight more than eighty

Etymologies

Sense 3, from the number of its keys.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It took women 147 years after the first Tea Party to gain the right to vote and another eighty-eight after that to field female candidates from each party in the presidential election.

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  • But now, a hundred eighty-eight in five nights of work, all of a sudden it didn't look so bad.

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  • This is also why even as the prime minister was making his apology in Jakarta, eighty-eight members of the Diet, most of whom were members of his own ruling party, deliberately and defiantly paid their respects to Japan's war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine where most of the Class A war criminals were buried.

    Koizumi’s Apology. . .

  • This kit can save you up to eighty-eight dollars for an HP 3600 black cartridge.

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  • In 1993, at least one hundred eighty-eight workers were killed in a fire at a toy factory in Thailand; the exact death toll was never known, because many of the bodies were never found.

    Uprising

  • The western imperial powers, England, Frane, Netherlands and the US have been helping themselves to Arab oil since 122, for some eighty-eight years.

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  • Maddux perfected a two-seam fastball that he threw somewhere between eighty-six and eighty-eight miles per hour.

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  • I did well enough in instrumental class to avoid any looks or words of dissatisfaction from Mr. Denacio, and I got an eighty-eight on a vocabulary test in English, but all through the day, I would have these moments when my heart would race and I would have a shortness of breath.

    Family Storms

  • Brotherhood-affiliated candidates first participated in local and parliamentary elections as independents in 1984, and its most successful electoral showing was in 2005, when its candidates won eighty-eight seats, or 20 percent of the legislature.

    Jayshree Bajoria: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

  • When Velma had been diagnosed with breast cancer at age eighty-eight, her son had opposed her seeking treatment.

    Fatal Error

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