from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The cardinal number equal to 7 + 1.
- n. The eighth in a set or sequence.
- n. Something having eight parts, units, or members, especially:
- n. Sports An eight-oared racing shell.
- n. An eight-cylinder engine or motor vehicle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A numerical value equal to 8; the number occurring after seven and before nine.
- n. Describing a set or group with eight components.
- n. The digit/figure 8.
- n. Any of the four cards in a normal deck with the value eight.
- n. A light, narrow rowing boat, especially one used in competitive rowing, steered by a cox, in which a eight rowers each have two oars
- n. A race in which such craft participate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An island in a river; an ait.
- adj. Seven and one.
- n. The number greater by a unit than seven; eight units or objects.
- n. A symbol representing eight units, as 8 or viii.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One more than seven: a cardinal numeral.
- n. A number, the sum of seven and one.
- n. A symbol representing eight units, as 8, or VIII; or viii; hence, a curved outline in the shape of the figure 8.
- n. A playing-card having eight spots or pips.
- n. An obsolete spelling of ait.
- n. In meter, in lines of eight syllables.
- n. In companies or ‘teams’ of eight.
- n. In printing, containing eight pages only: said of a type-form or a printed and folded sheet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one
- n. one of four playing cards in a deck with eight pips on the face
- n. a group of United States painters founded in 1907 and noted for their realistic depictions of sordid aspects of city life
- adj. being one more than seven
Middle English eighte, from Old English eahta; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English eight, aught, eahte, ahte, from Old English eahta ("eight"), from Proto-Germanic *ahtōu (“eight”), from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw. Cognate with Scots aucht ("eight"), West Frisian acht ("eight"), Dutch acht ("eight"), Low German acht ("eight"), German acht ("eight"), Swedish åtta ("eight"), Icelandic átta ("eight"), Latin octo ("eight"), Ancient Greek ὀκτώ (oktō), Irish ocht ("eight"). (Wiktionary)