Fifth
Fifth Fifth, n. 1. The quotient of a unit divided by five; one of five equal parts; a fifth part. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) The interval of three tones and a semitone, embracing five diatonic degrees of the scale; the dominant of any key. [1913 Webster]


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  • fifth — /fifth/ or, often, /fith/, adj. 1. next after the fourth; being the ordinal number for five. 2. being one of five equal parts. 3. Auto. of, pertaining to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft speed is greater than… …   Universalium

  • fifth — [fifth] adj. [ME fifte < OE fifta < fif, FIVE] 1. preceded by four others in a series; 5th 2. designating any of the five equal parts of something n. 1. the one following the fourth 2. any of the five equal parts of something; 1/ 5 …   English World dictionary

  • fifth — ► ORDINAL NUMBER 1) constituting number five in a sequence; 5th. 2) (a fifth/one fifth) each of five equal parts into which something is or may be divided. 3) Music an interval spanning five consecutive notes in a diatonic scale, in particular… …   English terms dictionary

  • Fifth — Fifth, a. [OE. fifte, fifthe, AS. f[=i]fta. See {Five}.] 1. Next in order after the fourth; the ordinal of five. [1913 Webster] 2. Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing. [1913 Webster] {Fifth monarchy men} (Hist.), a fanatical sect …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fifth — c.1200, fift, from O.E. fifta, from fif five (see FIVE (Cf. five)) + ta (see TH (Cf. th)). Altered 14c. by influence of fourth. Cf. O.Fris. fifta, O.S. fifto, O.N. fimmti, Du. vijfde, O.H.G …   Etymology dictionary

  • fifth — fifth; fifth·ly; …   English syllables

  • fifth — n. & adj. n. 1 the position in a sequence corresponding to that of the number 5 in the sequence 1 5. 2 something occupying this position. 3 the fifth person etc. in a race or competition. 4 any of five equal parts of a thing. 5 Mus. a an interval …   Useful english dictionary

  • fifth — fifth1 [fıfθ] adj [: Old English; Origin: fifta, from fif five ] 1.) coming after four other things in a series ▪ in the fifth century ▪ her fifth birthday 2.) fifth wheel AmE informal someone who is not wanted in a particular group of people ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fifth — ordinal number 1》 constituting number five in a sequence; 5th. 2》 (a fifth/one fifth) each of five equal parts into which something is or may be divided. 3》 Music an interval spanning five consecutive notes in a diatonic scale, in particular… …   English new terms dictionary

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