American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The cardinal number equal to 5 + 1.
- n. The sixth in a set or sequence.
- n. Something having six parts, units, or members, especially a motor vehicle having six cylinders.
- idiom. at sixes and sevens In a state of confusion or disorder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One more than five; being twice three: a cardinal numeral.
- n. The number greater by one than five; twice three. For the cabalistic significance of six, see seven.
- n. A symbol representing this number, as 6, or VI, or vi.
- n. In games: A playing-card bearing six spots or pips; a six-spot.
- n. On a die, the face which bears six spots; hence, a die which turns up that face.
- n. Beer sold at six shillings a barrel; hence, small beer.
- n. plural Bonds bearing interest at six per cent.
- n. plural In Eng. hymnology, a species of trochaic meter having six syllables to the line, and properly four lines to the stanza.
- n. cardinal A numerical value equal to 6; the number occurring after five and before seven.
- n. The digit or figure 6.
- n. military slang Rear, behind (rear side of something).
- n. cricket, countable An event whereby a batsman hits a ball which does not bounce before passing over a boundary in the air, resulting in an award of 6 runs for the batting team.
- n. American football A touchdown.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. One more than five; twice three.
- n. The number greater by a unit than five; the sum of three and three; six units or objects.
- n. A symbol representing six units, as 6, vi., or VI.
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one
- n. a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows six pips
- adj. denoting a quantity consisting of six items or units
- Middle English, from Old English siex, from Proto-Germanic *sehs, from Proto-Indo-European *swéḱs. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the market to-day there are five pump-guns, that fire six shots each, in about _six seconds_, without removal from the shoulder, by the quick sliding of a sleeve under the barrel, that ejects the empty shell and inserts a loaded one.”
“Savonarola nearly three years before, whenever a citizen was condemned to death by the fatal six votes (called the _set fave_ or _six beans_, beans being in more senses than one the political pulse of Florence), he had the right of appealing from that sentence to the Great Council.”
“All men are six feet high, is not true, because _six feet high_ is not a name of everything (though it is of some things) of which _man_ is a name.”
“All men are six feet high, is not true, because _six feet high_ is not a name of every thing (though it is of some things) of which _man_ is”
“Hence it became necessary to distinguish one from the other _by name_, and thus the notation from midnight gave rise, as I have remarked in one of my papers on Chaucer, to the English idiomatic phrase "of the clock;" or the reckoning of the clock, commencing at midnight, as distinguished from Roman equinoctial hours, commencing at six o'clock A.M. This was what Ben Jonson was meaning by attainment of majority at _six o'clock_, and not, as PROFESSOR DE M.RGAN supposes, "probably a certain sunrise.”
“It has been found in practice, that a water-course thirty feet wide and six feet deep, giving a transverse sectional area of one hundred and eighty square feet, will discharge three hundred cubic yards of water per minute, and will flow at the rate of one mile per hour, with a fall of no more than _six inches per mile_. ”
“Of this large sum, however," they say, "it can be clearly shown that there will be no need of any other advance by government than the interest which will accumulate while the work is in progress, which, by issuing the bonds every six months, as required, will not reach the sum of _six million dollars.”
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