noun (used with a singular verb)
- an automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine.
- an eight-cylinder engine.
Origin of eight
Examples from the Web for eights
Historical Examples of eights
What became of Little Dorrit between the two eights was a mystery.Little Dorrit
Explained clearly, haven't I, about the club flush and the three eights.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
All the sleighs had been lashed together by fours, sixes, eights, or tens.The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
I finished the round in my usual style, mostly sevens and eights.Torchy As A Pa
Every boy who was at all interested in the Eights—and who was not?Two Daring Young Patriots
W. P. Shervill
- 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.