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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

Examples of eight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside linebackers Who's leaving: After an up-and-down senior year, two-year starter Kash Daniel closed his career on a high note with a team-high eight tackles in the Belk Bowl. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "A closer look at who could replace Lynn Bowden and 2019 seniors for Kentucky football," 1 Jan. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker had a career-best and team-high nine tackles in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, seven days removed from what was previously his season-high eight tackles in Cleveland. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Zac Taylor on Germaine Pratt: Certainly a lot of positives that we're excited about," 20 Dec. 2019 Smith made a career-high eight tackles, shared a sack to bring his season total to 8.5 and registered two quarterback hits. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State NFL roundup: Jordan Howard wins against old team," 4 Nov. 2019 Jones caught a game-high eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown Sunday, and delivered a handful of the Lions’ biggest plays. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions stock watch: Darrell Bevell's play call puts him on naughty list," 4 Nov. 2019 Travis Dye ran 12 times for 91 yards, Mykael Wright returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and Thomas Graham Jr. finished with a team-high eight tackles for Oregon. oregonlive, "Ducks clinch it late: Describe Oregon’s Civil War football victory in 5 words or less," 1 Dec. 2019 The American women, who’ll be going after their fourth straight gold medal in Tokyo after finishing third at worlds, also are bringing two eights in their bid to retain the title for the first time since 2007. BostonGlobe.com, "“I won’t say I wasn’t disappointed, but I was relieved,” said coach Mike Teti.," 18 Oct. 2019 Davis played arguably his best game of the season against the Bears, making a team-high eight tackles. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions, linebacker Jarrad Davis might not be on same page regarding his role," 12 Nov. 2019 Senior striker Romeo Finley had a team-high eight tackles. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Michael Pinckney took Manny Diaz’s challenge to heart, and it led to UM’s bounce-back defensive effort," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eight. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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