eight
noun Etymology: Middle English eighte, from eighte, adjective, from Old English eahta; akin to Old High German ahto eight, Latin octo, Greek oktō Date: before 12th century 1. — see number table 2. the eighth in a set or series <
the eight of spades
>
3. something having eight units or members: as a. an 8-oared racing boat or its crew b. an 8-cylinder engine or automobile • eight adjectiveeight pronoun, plural in construction

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  • eight — [eıt] number, n [: Old English; Origin: eahta] 1.) the number 8 ▪ It s only eight days till Christmas. ▪ They woke at eight (=eight o clock) . ▪ My parents died when I was eight (=eight years old) . 2.) a team of eight people who row a racing… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • eight — late 14c., eighte, earlier ehte (c.1200), from O.E. eahta, æhta, from P.Gmc. *akhto(u) (Cf. O.S. ahto, O.Fris. ahta, O.N. atta, Swed. ôtta, Du. acht, O.H.G. Ahto, Ger. acht, Goth. ahtau), from PIE *okto( …   Etymology dictionary

  • eight — eight; eight·er; eight·ling; eight·pen·ny; eight·some; eight·fold; eight·i·eth; …   English syllables

  • eight — ► CARDINAL NUMBER 1) one more than seven; 8. (Roman numeral: viii or VIII.) 2) an eight oared rowing boat or its crew. ● have one over the eight Cf. ↑have one over the eight ● pieces of eight …   English terms dictionary

  • eight — [āt] adj. [ME eighte < OE eahta, akin to Ger acht < IE base * oktō(u) L octo, Gr oktō, OIr ocht] totaling one more than seven n. 1. the cardinal number between seven and nine; 8; VIII 2. any group of eight people or things, as a crew of… …   English World dictionary

  • eight — cylinder engine, or a vehicle fitted with one; the cylinders may be in line (a straight eight) or in a V layout (a V 8). Also see flat eight straight eight V eight …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Eight — ([=a]t), n. 1. The number greater by a unit than seven; eight units or objects. [1913 Webster] 2. A symbol representing eight units, as 8 or viii. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eight — ist das englische Wort für die Zahl Acht. Eight steht außerdem für: The Eight, ursprünglicher Name der Künstlergruppe Ashcan School Eight Inc., multidisziplinäres Design und Innovationsstudio …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Eight — ([=a]t), a. [AS. eahta; akin to OS. ahto, OFries. achta, D. & G. acht, OHG. ahto, Icel. [=a]tta, Sw. [*a]tta, Dan. otte, Goth. ahtau, Lith. aszt[*u]ni, Ir. & Gael. ochd, W. wyth, Armor. eich, eiz, L. octo, Gr. oktw , Skr. ash[.t]an. [root]306. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eight — ([=a]t), n. [See {Ait}.] An island in a river; an ait. [Obs.] Osiers on their eights. Evelyn. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eight — [ eıt ] number the number 8 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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