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eighth

[eytth, eyth] /eɪtθ, eɪθ/
adjective
1.
next after the seventh.
2.
being one of eight equal parts.
noun
3.
an eighth part, especially of one (⅛).
4.
the eighth member of a series.
5.
Music. octave.
adverb
6.
in the eighth place; eighthly.
Origin of eighth
1000
before 1000; Middle English eightethe, Old English eahtotha; cognate with Old High German ahtoda, Old Norse āttandi, Gothic ahtud-. See eight, -th2
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  • Some said it was in the eighth Ward; others located it in the Seventeenth.

  • The three regiments parading were the eighth, Ninth and Twenty-fourth.

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  • Not a stick was there nearer than an eighth of a mile across the bay.

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  • On the eighth day of the assizes there were but fifty of us left in the wool warehouse.

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  • Of the fifth, the sixth and the eighth daughters nothing further is known.

British Dictionary definitions for eighth

eighth

/eɪtθ/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the seventh and before the ninth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of eight: often written 8th
  2. (as noun): the eighth in line
noun
2.
  1. one of eight equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
  2. (as modifier): an eighth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by eight (1/8)
4.
another word for octave
adverb
5.
Also eighthly. after the seventh person, position, event, etc
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Word Origin and History for eighth
adj.

late 14c., eighthe, from Old English eahtoða; see eight + -th (1). Cf. Old High German ahtoda, Old Frisian achta, German achte, Gothic ahtuda.

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