- an automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine.
- an eight-cylinder engine.
Origin of eight
Examples from the Web for eight
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.
The Air Force has about seven pilots for every eight drone pilot slots, in other words.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One of the kids had a ball in his hand, and Cuomo took it and tossed it back and forth to an eight year old.
These are eight of the most interesting laws passed in the second session of the 113th Congress.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The regime reacted furiously, sentencing him to over eight years in prison.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One hundred and eight persons were killed and ninety-two wounded, most of them members of the English naval service.
Then the Court adjourned till to morrow morning Eight of the Clock.
Eight parts of ore furnish, on an average, about one of schlich.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
I believe that they silently rate each other as we do men on 'Change—worth five hundred, worth eight hundred napkins.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
About this period there was a ponderous machine with six broad wheels, and drawn by eight horses, called the Newcastle waggon.Coaching, with Anecdotes of the Road|William Pitt Lennox
British Dictionary definitions for eight
- a racing shell propelled by eight oarsmen
- the crew of such a shell
- amounting to eight
- (as pronoun)I could only find eight
Word Origin for eight
Word Origin and History for eight
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.
Idioms and Phrases with eight
see behind the eight ball.