Definitions

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

  • n. The cardinal number equal to 7 + 1.
  • n. The eighth in a set or sequence.
  • n. Something having eight parts, units, or members, especially:
  • n. Sports An eight-oared racing shell.
  • n. An eight-cylinder engine or motor vehicle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A numerical value equal to 8; the number occurring after seven and before nine.
  • n. Describing a set or group with eight components.
  • n. The digit/figure 8.
  • n. Any of the four cards in a normal deck with the value eight.
  • n. A light, narrow rowing boat, especially one used in competitive rowing, steered by a cox, in which a eight rowers each have two oars
  • n. A race in which such craft participate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An island in a river; an ait.
  • adj. Seven and one.
  • n. The number greater by a unit than seven; eight units or objects.
  • n. A symbol representing eight units, as 8 or viii.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One more than seven: a cardinal numeral.
  • n. A number, the sum of seven and one.
  • n. A symbol representing eight units, as 8, or VIII; or viii; hence, a curved outline in the shape of the figure 8.
  • n. A playing-card having eight spots or pips.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of ait.
  • n. In meter, in lines of eight syllables.
  • n. In companies or ‘teams’ of eight.
  • n. In printing, containing eight pages only: said of a type-form or a printed and folded sheet.

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

  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one
  • n. one of four playing cards in a deck with eight pips on the face
  • n. a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life
  • adj. being one more than seven

Etymologies

Middle English eighte, from Old English eahta; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English eight, aught, eahte, ahte, from Old English eahta ("eight"), from Proto-Germanic *ahtōu (“eight”), from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw. Cognate with Scots aucht ("eight"), West Frisian acht ("eight"), Dutch acht ("eight"), Low German acht ("eight"), German acht ("eight"), Swedish åtta ("eight"), Icelandic átta ("eight"), Latin octo ("eight"), Ancient Greek ὀκτώ (oktō), Irish ocht ("eight"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'It must be -- eight o'clock,' said the gasping voice -- '_eight o'clock_;' and the tone became a whisper, as though the idea thus half involuntarily revealed had been drawn jealously back into the strongholds of consciousness.

    Robert Elsmere

  • 'It must be -- eight o'clock' -- said the gasping voice -- '_eight o'clock_;' and the tone became a whisper, as though the idea thus half involuntarily revealed had been drawn jealously back into the strongholds of consciousness.

    Robert Elsmere

  • On the day of the new moon, a particular observation was made upon the tide in Malay Road; and it was high water at ten minutes past eight in the morning, or nearly _eight hours and a quarter after_ the moon had passed the lower meridian; and the rise was ten feet two inches.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis — Volume 2

  • Overall, in terms of the classification of the index at the two-digit level, it is seen that, during May 2010, as many as eight industry groups out of the total of 17, had recorded a growth on eight% and more as compared to four a year ago while the number of industry groups that had shown a negative growth had dropped to two from eight.

    Daily News & Analysis

  • According to the swinging of the ship in the evenings, the flood tide ceased to run at eight hours and a half after the moon passed the upper meridian, whereas in the mornings it ceased seven hours and a half after the moon passed below; whether the same difference took place in the times of high water by the shore, I cannot tell; but if the mean of the morning's and evening's tides be taken as the time of high water, it will follow _eight hours after_ the moon, the same nearly as in Malay Road.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis — Volume 2

  • Spa Sublime Day Spa*, Blue Mountains two eight two eight*, Central NSW

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  • How odd that eight lines should have given birth, I really think, to _eight thousand_, including _all_ that has been said, and will be on the subject! "

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • One Iraqi in eight is killed by illness or violence by the age of 5.

    Sunday Reading

  • The upset win was achieved and, for the first time in this tournament, the French played with flair reminiscent of that with which they won the title eight years ago.

    Maestro Managers

  • The team with the second-best record took the title eight times.

    DealBook

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