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ninth

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adjective
  1. next after the eighth; being the ordinal number for nine.
  2. being one of nine equal parts.
noun
  1. a ninth part, especially of one (1/9).
  2. the ninth member of a series.
  3. Music.
    1. a tone distant from another tone by an interval of an octave and a second.
    2. the interval between such tones.
    3. harmonic combination of such tones.
adverb
  1. in the ninth place.

Origin of ninth

before 900; Middle English ninthe (see nine, -th2), replacing Middle English niend (Old English nigend), neogethe, nigethe (Old English nigotha); akin to Old Saxon nigutho, Old Norse nīundi, Gothic niunda
Related formsninth·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for ninth

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

    Ridgeway

    Scian Dubh

  • Quoted by M. Pascal, in the ninth of his "Lettres Provinciales."

  • Mrs. Everat—her ninth child in eight years—in the grocery line.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It was on my ninth birthday—but I don't believe you could write a better one now.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Let her read Timothy chapter two, ninth to fifteenth verses.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for ninth

ninth

adjective
  1. (usually prenominal)
    1. coming after the eighth in counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of nine. Often written: 9th
    2. (as noun)he came on the ninth; ninth in line
noun
    1. one of nine equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
    2. (as modifier)a ninth part
  1. the fraction equal to one divided by nine (1/9)
  2. music
    1. an interval of one octave plus a second
    2. one of two notes constituting such an interval
    3. See ninth chord
adverb
  1. Also: ninthly after the eighth person, position, event, etc
sentence connector
  1. Also: ninthly as the ninth point: linking what follows to the previous statement

Word Origin

Old English nigotha; related to Old High German niunto, Old Norse nīundi
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Word Origin and History for ninth

adj.

c.1300, modification (by influence of nine) of nigonðe, from Old English nigoða, nigend.

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