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  1. comprising eight parts or members.
  2. eight times as great or as much.
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  1. in eightfold measure.
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Origin of eightfold

First recorded in 1550–60; eight + -fold
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Examples from the Web for eightfold

Historical Examples of eightfold

  • As we shall see, when the eightfold path has been followed to the end new powers arise in the mind, new lights stream into it.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)

    Charles Eliot

  • The Buddha often commented on the eightfold path, and we may follow one of the expositions attributed to him.

  • As contrasted with the last year of dear postage, the number of letters show an eightfold increase.

    Her Majesty's Mails

    William Lewins

  • Yet his account of the Eightfold Path is, nevertheless, within these limitations, profoundly wise.

  • The eightfold noble path of righteousness Delivers from all evil: it will bring Sweet peace of mind and leadeth to Nirvana.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

British Dictionary definitions for eightfold


  1. equal to or having eight times as many or as much
  2. composed of eight parts
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  1. by or up to eight times as much
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