[ ok-tuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈɒk təˌnɛr i /
pertaining to the number 8.
consisting of eight.
proceeding by eight.
noun, plural oc·to·nar·ies.
a group of eight; an ogdoad.
Also octal. Prosody. a stanza of eight lines.
a number in an octonary system.
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Origin of octonary
1525–35; <Latin octōnārius consisting of eight, equivalent to octōn(ī) eight each + -ārius-ary
Words nearby octonary
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Example sentences from the Web for octonary
It is said that the ancient Saxons used the octonary system,220 but how, or for what purposes, is not stated.The Number Concept|Levi Leonard Conant
British Dictionary definitions for octonary
/ (ˈɒktənərɪ) rare /
relating to or based on the number eight
noun plural -naries
prosody a stanza of eight lines
a group of eight
Word Origin for octonary
C16: from Latin octōnārius, from octōnī eight at a time
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