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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cardinal number equal to 6 + 1.
  • noun The seventh in a set or sequence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • One more than six; the sum of three and four: a cardinal numeral.
  • (b ) The constellation Ursa Major.
  • The Pleiades.
  • noun The number greater by one than six; a group of things amounting to this number.
  • noun The symbol representing this number, as 7, or VII, or vii.
  • noun plural In Eng. hymnology, a species of trochaic meter having seven syllables to the line, and properly four lines to the stanza. Sevens double (7s, D.) has eight lines, and other varieties are marked by the number of lines, as 7s, 6l, or 7s, 3l.
  • noun A playing-card with seven spots or pips on it.
  • noun To set in confusion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective One more than six; six and one added.
  • adjective See the Note under Science, n., 4.
  • adjective (Astron.) the Pleiades.
  • adjective See under Wonders.
  • adjective (Bot.) a rubiaceous shrub (Genipa clusiifolia) growing in the West Indies; also, its edible fruit.
  • adjective (Bot.) a tropical climbing plant (Ipomœa tuberosa) related to the morning-glory.
  • noun The number greater by one than six; seven units or objects.
  • noun A symbol representing seven units, as 7, or vii.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun cardinal A numerical value equal to 7; the number occurring after six and before eight.
  • noun The digit/figure 7 or an occurrence thereof.
  • noun countable, card games A card bearing seven pips.

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

  • adjective being one more than six
  • noun one of four playing cards in a deck with seven pips on the face
  • noun the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English seofon; see septm̥ in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English seofon ("seven"), from Proto-Germanic *sebun (“seven”), from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥ (“seven”). Cognate with Scots sevin ("seven"), West Frisian sân ("seven"), Saterland Frisian soogen ("seven"), Dutch zeven ("seven"), German sieben ("seven"), Danish syv ("seven"), Icelandic sjö ("seven"), Latin septem ("seven"), Ancient Greek ἑπτά (heptá, "seven"), Russian семь (sem'), Sanskrit सप्तन् (saptán).

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