a cardinal number, four plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
Informal. a five-dollar bill: Can you give me two fives for a ten?
amounting to five in number.
Idioms about five
take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.
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How to use five in a sentence
“It was Stephen Hawking and five other Nobel laureates,” Krauss recalled.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Big five banks dubbed too big to fail, are 35 percent bigger than they were when the meltdown was triggered.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton | Eleanor Clift | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.
“The play contains one five minute scene about James Hewitt,” Conway says.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I presume the twenty-five or thirty miles at this end is unhealthy, even for natives, but it surely need not be so.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
five of the number had studied with Liszt before, and the young men are artists already before the public.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Before daybreak we had ridden five and twenty miles, but had been compelled to abandon two more guns.
These Rules (leaving out the Tenor) serves for five bells; and leaving out the fifth and Tenor, they serve for four bells.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing | Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
At length only four or five flames remained, feebly wavering in their pools of melted wax.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
British Dictionary definitions for five
the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it
amounting to five: five minutes; five nights
(as pronoun): choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
- See also fives
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Other Idioms and Phrases with five
see take five.
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