[ eyt ]
/ eɪt /
a cardinal number, seven plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 8 or VIII.
a set of this many persons or things, as the crew of an eight-oared racing shell.
a playing card the face of which bears eight pips.
- an automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine.
- an eight-cylinder engine.
amounting to eight in number.
Words nearby eight
Origin of eight
before 1000; Middle English eighte, Old English (e)ahta; cognate with Dutch acht, Old Saxon, Old High German ahto (German acht), Old Norse ātta, Gothic ahtau, Latin octō, Greek oktṓ, Old Irish ocht, Welsh wyth, Breton eiz, Tocharian B okt, Lithuanian aštuonì, Albanian tetë, Armenian uth, Persian hasht, Sanskrit aṣṭáu; apparently an old dual in form, but not clear of what
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH eightate eight
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British Dictionary definitions for eighter
/ (eɪt) /
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and seven and the product of two and fourSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 8, VIII, etc, representing this number
music the numeral 8 used as the lower figure in a time signature to indicate that the beat is measured in quavers
the amount or quantity that is one greater than seven
something representing, represented by, or consisting of eight units, such as a playing card with eight symbols on it
- a racing shell propelled by eight oarsmen
- the crew of such a shell
Also called: eight o'clock eight hours after noon or midnight
have one over the eight slang to be drunk
See figure of eight
- amounting to eight
- (as pronoun)I could only find eight
Other words from eightRelated prefixes: octa-, octo-
Word Origin for eight
Old English eahta; related to Old High German ahto, Old Norse ātta, Old Irish ocht, Latin octō, Greek okto, Sanskrit astau
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Idioms and Phrases with eighter
see behind the eight ball.
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