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- n. Plural form of five.
- n. a ball game, somewhat like tennis, played against a wall
- n. A pair of fives.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A disease of the glands under the ear in horses; the vives.
- n.pl. A kind of play with a ball against a wall, resembling tennis; -- so named because three fives, or fifteen, are counted to the game.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A kind of play with a ball, originally called hand-tennis: so named, it is said, because usually played with five on each side, or because three fives or 15 are counted to the game, or because the ball is struck with the hand or five fingers.
- The five fingers; the hand; the fist.
- An improper form of vives.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game resembling handball; played on a court with a front wall and two side walls
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The standard dome starts out as a twenty-side polygon, whose points come together in "fives" not sixes.
I got a lot of thumbs-up and high-fives from the teachers and some of the moms at school this morning.
(Everything must come in fives these days.) "Now I have to leave you," she told me as she disappeared around the doorframe.
They queried up in fives and sixes, on all sides, striking simultaneously, hammering us from every direction.
-- 14 straight seasons of 10 or more wins (1987-2000) -- Florida State played for the national title fives times between 1993-2000
We may observe in Homer, that Proteus counts his sea-calves by fives and fives, that is, by his fingers.
Among other "fives" are the five surefire ways "to crack the bestseller list."
The object of the game is to make as many "fives" and "threes" as are possible; for instance, a player should always make the domino show fifteen if he can, as three divides into fifteen five times, and five divides into fifteen three times, and he would thus score 8 (three and five).
Dictionary, edition of 1876, describes the first, and presumably the older, as similar to "fives" or hand-ball, while the second is the game supposed to be allied to base-ball.
Then, finding Bess Fraser at his elbow, he asked her to play "fives" with him.