noun (used with a singular verb)
- eighth rest,
- eightsome reel,
- an automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine.
- an eight-cylinder engine.
Origin of eight
Examples from the Web for eights
In this term the pair-oared races are also rowed, generally before the Eights.Rowing|Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
The Reverend Mr. Smith spread out four eights and rose impressively.
The lot is divided into two eights, as evenly matched as possible, which are coached separately.An American at Oxford|John Corbin
In the midst of the excitement the Pornell students made one spare and a seven, two eights and a nine.The Putnam Hall Champions|Arthur M. Winfield
I'm not a sentimentalist, but I liked the Eights, and I mean to keep this souvenir.An American Girl in London|Sara Jeannette Duncan
- 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
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.
see behind the eight ball.