Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
"I see the sevens," a fat-faced man across the table said around his cigar.
I know if the We Are sevens were here they would send heaps of love.
Here's the town at sixes and sevens about the 'little brown brother.'
The high tension of the We Are sevens relaxed for a brief second.
It has always been out of joint, a great slipshod Leviathan, at sixes and sevens, invertebrate and fungus-brained.
Even the We Are sevens seemed remote and indistinct in her tired brain.
Four sevens make twenty-eight—why not put down four sevens—that was easy!
I want the boys and the We are sevens on the little rustic bridge.
I think the inhabitants have learned to appreciate the We are sevens, for the place has seemed empty without them.
Old English seofon, from Proto-Germanic *sebun (cf. Old Saxon sibun, Old Norse sjau, Swedish sju, Danish syv, Old Frisian sowen, siugun, Middle Dutch seven, Dutch zeven, Old High German sibun, German sieben, Gothic sibun), from PIE *septm "seven" (cf. Sanskrit sapta, Avestan hapta, Hittite shipta, Greek hepta, Latin septem, Old Church Slavonic sedmi, Lithuanian septyni, Old Irish secht, Welsh saith).
Long regarded as a number of perfection (e.g. seven wonders; seven sleepers, the latter translating Latin septem dormientes; seven against Thebes, etc.), but that notion is late in Old English and in German a nasty, troublesome woman could be eine böse Sieben "an evil seven" (1662).
Magical power or healing skill associated since 16c. with the seventh son ["The seuenth Male Chyld by iust order (neuer a Gyrle or Wench being borne betweene)," Thomas Lupton, "A Thousand Notable Things," 1579]. The typical number for "very great, strong," e.g. seven-league boots in the fairy story of Hop o'my Thumb. The Seven Years' War (1756-63) is also the Third Silesian War.
The Seven Stars (Old English sibunsterri), usually refers to the Pleiades, though in 15c. and after this name occasionally was given to the Big Dipper (which also has seven stars), or the seven planets of classical astronomy. Popular as a tavern sign, it might also (with six in a circle, one in the center) be a Masonic symbol.
FOOL: ... The reason why the
seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
LEAR: Because they are not eight?
FOOL: Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool.
["King Lear," Act I, Scene V]