Quadrille-cards will not do for whist, for all the eights, nines, and tens are thrown out.
I never rowed in any of the eights, though I was urged to do so.
Show the cards as in Fig. 2, making the spectators observe that there are the four eights.
Professional Fours are a little worse than Pairs, and their eights disgraceful.
Come, weve got enough for two eights—one crew in the old shell and one in the new.
After a day or two of rest, the best men from these Fours are taken out in eights.
He can change those nines to eights, the five to a six, and the seven to a nine.
Of the two eights, the Shattucks, however, proved themselves the better.
"I've already accepted an invitation for eights Week," she said, after a pause.
We are already on the river, and pair-oars, fours, and eights are swarming about us.
late 14c., eighte, earlier ehte (c.1200), from Old English eahta, æhta, from Proto-Germanic *akhto(u) (cf. Old Saxon ahto, Old Frisian ahta, Old Norse atta, Swedish åtta, Dutch acht, Old High German Ahto, German acht, Gothic ahtau), from PIE *okto(u) "eight" (cf. Sanskrit astau, Avestan ashta, Greek okto, Latin octo, Old Irish ocht-n, Breton eiz, Old Church Slavonic osmi, Lithuanian aštuoni).
Klein calls it "an old dual form, orig. meaning 'twice four.' " For spelling, see fight (v.). Meaning "eight-man crew of a rowing boat" is from 1847. The Spanish piece of eight (1690s) was so called because it was worth eight reals (see piece (n.)). Figure (of) eight as the shape of a race course, etc., attested from c.1600. To be behind the eight ball "in trouble" (1932) is a metaphor from shooting pool.