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Definition of eight 

1 : a number that is one more than seven — see Table of Numbers

2 : the eighth in a set or series the eight of spades

3 : something having eight units or members: such as

a : an 8-oared racing boat or its crew

b : an 8-cylinder engine or automobile

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Other Words from eight

eight adjective
eight pronoun, plural in construction

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Russell Wilson pointed to his rookie season, 2012, when a Seahawks team in flux lost a close opener to Arizona (20-16), stood at .500 at the midway point, and then won seven of its last eight to finish 11-5 and make the playoffs. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Loss to Broncos shows Seahawks fans should brace themselves for a rollercoaster season," 10 Sep. 2018 The 5-foot-11, 240-pounder recorded a team-high eight tackles in last season's NFC Championship against Minnesota and had four in Philadelphia's Super Bowl win. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Browns release Mychal Kendricks after insider trading charges," 30 Aug. 2018 Flowers finished with a team-high eight tackles, five of which came on running plays. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks day-after review: What I thought might happen and what did happen," 10 Sep. 2018 Triple eights are believed to triple luck and fortune, say feng shui enthusiasts, who also care that construction took place during what's called the Flying Star Period of 8. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "$4 million feng shui mansion designed to maximize good fortune (photos)," 6 Mar. 2018 In a case that came to national attention in Britain earlier this year, the head of an elementary school in east London banned under-eights from wearing headscarves, sparking opposition from parents who said they were not consulted. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Austria wants to ban headscarves in elementary schools and kindergartens," 4 Apr. 2018 The Owls also won two other eights races – the freshman/novice eight and the junior varsity eight. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Temple, with a little help, wins men's varsity eight race at Dad Vail Regatta," 12 May 2018 Brandon Woodruff and Josh Hader combined to keep the Reds off the board the rest of the way, with Hader striking out a career-high eight in just 2 2/3 innings to close the game out and record his fourth save. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Reds 5: Offense wakes up from its Wrigley slumber," 30 Apr. 2018 Faria gave up a career-high eight runs while getting just five outs. courant.com, "Bogaerts Leads Way With 6 RBIs; Red Sox Beat Rays For 7th Straight," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of eight

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eight

Middle English eighte, from eighte, adjective, from Old English eahta; akin to Old High German ahto eight, Latin octo, Greek oktō

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The first known use of eight was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of eight

: the number 8

: the eighth in a set or series

: eight o'clock


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Kids Definition of eight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one more than seven : two times four : 8

2 : the eighth in a set or series



Kids Definition of eight (Entry 2 of 2)

: being one more than seven

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