American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The cardinal number equal to 4 + 1.
- n. The fifth in a set or sequence.
- n. Something, such as a quintet or a basketball team, that has five parts, units, or members.
- n. A five-dollar bill.
- n. Sports One of several forms of handball originating in England and played mainly at British schools and universities, in which only the receiving side can score points.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One more than four, or two more than three: a cardinal number: as, five men; five loaves.
- n. A number, the sum of four and one; the number of the fingers and thumb of one hand.
- n. A symbol representing this number, as 5, V, or v.
- n. A playing-card bearing five pips or spots on it.
- n. plural Bonds bearing interest at five per cent.
- n. cardinal A numerical value equal to 5; the number following four and preceding six. This many dots (•••••)
- n. The digit/figure 5.
- n. US A five-dollar bill.
- n. Anything measuring five units, as length.
- n. A person who is five years old.
- n. five o'clock
- n. A short rest, especially one of five minutes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Four and one added; one more than four.
- n. The number next greater than four, and less than six; five units or objects.
- n. A symbol representing this number, as 5, or V.
- n. a team that plays basketball
- n. a playing card or a domino or a die whose upward face shows five pips
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
- adj. being one more than four
- From Middle English five, vif, fif, from Old English fīf ("five"), from Proto-Germanic *fimf (“five”) (compare West Frisian fiif, Dutch vijf, German fünf, Swedish fem, Icelandic fimm), from Proto-Indo-European *pénkʷe (compare Welsh pump, Italian cinque, Tocharian A/B päñ/piś, Lithuanian penki, Russian пять (pjat’), Albanian pesë, pêsë, Ancient Greek πέντε (pénte), Armenian հինգ (hing), Persian پنج (panj), Sanskrit पञ्च (páñca)). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English fīf; see penkwe in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Will our readers believe it -- there were only five hundred tureens of turtle, or two thousand five hundred pints, or _five thousand_ basins, amongst not quite fifteen hundred guests, -- only two basins and a half a man, -- for the first course!”
“Heaven is _not_ so cruel! to give us five hundred dear twin-friends, on whom one has to tie five hundred different colored bows (I assure you, Monsieur, the ribbon-florists have this season produced _five hundred colors_) in order to distinguish one from another!”
“You must exercise a little patience; and, for your encouragement, permit me to remind you, that when you shall have acquired a thorough knowledge of these five parts of speech, only _five_ more will remain for you to learn.”
“Allow _eight_ minutes in grades three, four, and five, and _five_ minutes above the fifth grade.”
“There are two automatics that fire five shots each in _five seconds or less_, by five pulls on the trigger!”
“A New York magazine has offered five hundred dollars for a best story -- _five hundred dollars_!”
“But this was not all, the five hundred copies were sold to great advantage, for it was against my will that _five hundred_ copies should be printed, till the printer told me he would take the risk on himself, on the usual terms, at that time, of bookseller and author.”
“The number, therefore, of horse implied by it ought at least to be ascertained: _we will suppose five thousand_, and, allowing the exigency for their attendance to exist only in the proportion of _one year in five_, reduce the demand to one thousand for the computation of the subsidy, which, at the rate of _fifty rupees_ per man, will amount to fifty thousand _per mensem_.”
“Federer's drive – and his determination to prove his critics wrong following a worryingly long lean spell after beating Murray in the Australian Open in January – makes the Swiss even more dangerous at a place where he has won the title five times already.”
“He has reached the final here six straight years and won the title five times.”
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