from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A composition for eight voices or eight instruments.
- n. Music A group of eight singers or eight instrumentalists.
- n. A group of eight: "A train of heavy wagons rumbled north on the Winnipeg Trail, drawn by octets of oxen” ( Garrison Keillor).
- n. See octave.
- n. A set of eight valence electrons in an atom or ion, forming a stable configuration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group or set of eight of something.
- n. A group of eight musicians performing together.
- n. A composition for such a group of musicians.
- n. A byte of eight bits. Abbreviation: o
- n. A group of three bits, representing eight possible values.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A composition for eight parts, usually for eight solo instruments or voices.
- n. A group of eight singers or eight musicians.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a composition for eight voices or instruments, or a company of eight singers or players. Sometimes, but not usually, equivalent to a double quartet. Also ottetto, octuor, octiphonium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. eight people considered as a unit
- n. a set of eight similar things considered as a unit
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one
- n. a musical composition written for eight performers
- n. eight performers or singers who perform together
Alteration (influenced by octo- and duet) of Italian ottetto, from otto, eight, from Latin octō.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin octo, eight. (Wiktionary)