- a cardinal number, 70 plus 8.
- a symbol for this number, as 78 or LXXVIII.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- amounting to 78 in number.
- an early type of shellac-based phonograph record that played at 78 revolutions per minute.
Origin of 78
First recorded in 1950–55
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The lines of railway at that time, 1834, amounted to seventy-eight miles.
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When day broke seventy-eight bitten dromedaries were counted.From Pole to Pole
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I shall live to see him in the saddle yet, though I am seventy-eight.The Patrician