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

  • n. A phonograph record designed to be played at 78 revolutions per minute.

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  • n. cardinal number after seventy-seven and before seventy-nine;
  • n. A gramophone record designed to be rotated at 78 revolutions per minute; a 78

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

  • n. a shellac based phonograph record that played at 78 revolutions per minute
  • adj. being eight more than seventy
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of seventy and eight


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  • Greg McMichael—Every pitch he threw seemed to be about seventy-eight miles per hour, and seemed to travel on a consistent parabola.

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  • “Fellow graduates of the class of seventy-eight, Principal Osder, distinguished guests, family, friends . . .”

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  • I was cheering at thirty-three rpm, and the rest of the squad was at seventy-eight.

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  • Nineteen seventy-eight may have been a wild time for fashion, but I partook of no extremes: no mile-high platform shoes, no garish tie-dyes or fringed leather vests.

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  • At seventy-eight, his metabolism was certainly in high gear.

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  • During that war, NATO planes had bombed civilian infrastructure and inhabited areas of Serbia, flying more than 38,000 missions over the course of seventy-eight days, and dropping almost twenty thousand bombs.

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  • I went for seventy-eight days with no communication with anyone on land.

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  • In 2004, after proclaiming for years that she was ready to expire, Kübler-Ross died at her home in Scottsdale at the age of seventy-eight.

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  • Rosenblatt, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota, surveyed seventy-eight different ethnic groups, from the Basque to the Balinese, the Masai to Marshallese, and documented an astonishing diversity of who grieves, how they grieve, and for how long.

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