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| Cardinal: eight|
Multiplier: octuple, eightfold
From Middle English eight, aught, eahte, ahte, from Old English eahta, from Proto-Germanic *ahtōu, from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw. Cognate with Scots aucht (“eight”), West Frisian acht (“eight”), Dutch acht (“eight”), Low German acht (“eight”), German acht (“eight”), Norwegian åtte (“eight”), Swedish åtta (“eight”), Icelandic átta (“eight”), Latin octo (“eight”), Ancient Greek ὀκτώ (oktṓ), Irish ocht (“eight”).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: āt, IPA(key): /eɪt/
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- Rhymes: -eɪt
- Homophone: ate
- (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 8; the number occurring after seven and before nine.
- He works eight hours a day.
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- Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a show based on two facts: 1) Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children, and 2) the word ‘Kate’ rhymes with the word ‘eight’. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
- Describing a set or group with eight components.
eight (plural eights)
- The digit/figure 8.
- (playing cards) Any of the four cards in a normal deck with the value eight.
- (nautical) A light, narrow rowing boat, especially one used in competitive rowing, steered by a cox, in which eight rowers each have two oars.
- (rowing, especially in plural) A race in which such craft participate.
- (rowing) The eight people who crew a rowing-boat.
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eight (plural eights)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for eight in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)