\ ˈātth How to pronounce eighth (audio) , ˈāth \
plural eighths\ ˈāt(th)s How to pronounce eighths (audio) , ˈāths \

Definition of eighth

1 : one that is number eight in a series — see Table of Numbers
2 : octave

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Other Words from eighth

eighth adjective or adverb

Examples of eighth in a Sentence

one eighth of the pie An eighth of a pound is two ounces.
Recent Examples on the Web Embers that spread as far as an eighth of a mile presented a major challenge for firefighters, Paxton said. oregonlive, "Fire crews battle brush, structure fires across Portland area; rapidly spreading Oregon wildfires prompt evacuations," 8 Sep. 2020 According to a statement from track owner The Stronach Group, jockey Ruben Fuentes pulled up Satchel Paige at the three-eighths pole of the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Horse injured in race at Santa Anita; 34th to die at track," 19 Oct. 2019 Thorpe, 26, was the Chicago Cubs’ eighth-round draft pick in 2014 but got released before last season. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "‘There’s no way you’re fooling a machine’: A first-person look at the robot umpire system being tested by MLB," 8 Aug. 2019 Voters in 2012 approved the program, which also provides teacher training and grants to local school districts, as an eight-year use of a one-eighth-cent-per-dollar sales tax. Ashley Mcbride, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio civic leaders launch early childhood education advocacy group," 16 Sep. 2019 Proud Clarion went winless in three starts at 2 and didn’t run in a stakes of farther than seven-eighths of a mile until nine days before the Derby, finishing second in Keeneland’s Blue Grass. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "What Kentucky Derby horse won with the longest odds? Here are the top 10," 4 May 2018 On the mound: Lefty Daniel Stumpf made his 11th appearance of the spring and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. ... George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Michael Fulmer has strong outing as Tigers beat Braves, 10-3," 25 Mar. 2018 Yes, that’s up to one-eighth of the normal allotment of words spoken per day. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Got friends who only talk about themselves? They could be mentally ill, study shows | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Mar. 2018 Even those preferring not to deal in decimals will recognize that as about one eighth of an inch more than the .37 inches that fell on Jan. 12, which had heretofore held the title of the year’s wettest day in Washington. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Washington’s wettest day of 2018 was Sunday," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of eighth

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of eighth was in 1557

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14 Sep 2020

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“Eighth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eighth. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce eighth (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eighth

: number eight in a series
: one of eight equal parts of something


\ ˈātth How to pronounce eighth (audio) \

Kids Definition of eighth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after seventh



Kids Definition of eighth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number eight in a series
2 : one of eight equal parts an eighth of a mile

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