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

  • n. The cardinal number equal to 8 + 1.
  • n. The ninth in a set or sequence.
  • n. Something having nine parts, units, or members.
  • n. Games A playing card marked with nine pips.
  • n. A set of nine persons or things, especially:
  • n. Baseball The nine players on a side, or the whole team.
  • n. Greek Mythology The nine Muses.
  • n. A size, as in clothing or shoes, designated as nine.
  • n. Sports The first or second 9 holes of an 18-hole golf course.
  • idiom to the nines Informal To the highest degree: dressed to the nines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A numerical value equal to 9; the number occurring after eight and before ten.
  • n. Describing a set or group with nine components.
  • n. The digit or figure 9.
  • n. A playing card with nine pips.
  • n. A nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol.
  • n. A statistical unit of proportion (of reliability, purity, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eight and one more; one less than ten.
  • n. The number greater than eight by a unit; nine units or objects.
  • n. A symbol representing nine units, as 9 or ix.
  • n. A group of nine people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One more than eight, or one less than ten; thrice three: a cardinal numeral.
  • n. The number consisting of the sum of one and eight; the number less by unity than ten; three times three.
  • n. A symbol representing nine units, as 9, or IX, or ix.
  • n. The body of players, nine in number, composing one side in a game of base-ball.
  • n. A playing-card with nine spots or pips on it.

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

  • n. one of four playing cards in a deck with nine pips on the face
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of eight and one
  • n. a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together
  • adj. denoting a quantity consisting of one more than eight and one less than ten


Middle English, from Old English nigon; see newn̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nine, from Old English niġon, from Proto-Germanic *newun, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁néwn̥. (Wiktionary)



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