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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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In his 6 1/3 innings — his most since a career-high eight against the Rays in September 2017 — Ynoa threw only 67 pitches. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Brandon Hyde ejected, kicks dirt on home plate as Orioles miss out on doubleheader sweep with 2-0 loss to Rays," 4 Sep. 2019 Safety Xavier McKinney McKinney tallied a team- and career-high eight tackles. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Alabama coaching staff names 6 players of the week," 2 Sep. 2019 Leni made a career-high eight tackles against Utah. Los Angeles Times, "True to their word, UCLA’s Toailoa brothers making an impact on defense," 27 Aug. 2019 Fellow senior corner Anthony Witschey totaled a game-high eight tackles (two for a loss) and a pick. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Week 0 high school football scores in Northern Kentucky and Indiana," 23 Aug. 2019 Tom Green writes aqua glyphs on two shades of brown, Mira Hecht arrays circles and figure-eights, Carol Brown Goldberg interlocks repeated patterns and Dan Treado splits vine-like forms across a two-part composition. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artechouse’s ‘Infinite Space’ has waves of natural influences," 9 Aug. 2019 DeSclafani surrendered six of his season-high eight hits to lefties in a 7-5 loss at Miller Park. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Another setback for left-hander Alex Wood," 25 June 2019 Rudy Gobert scored 15 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and had a career-high eight assists as the Bulls collapsed on the big Frenchman and didn’t allow him rolls to the hoop. Matthew Coles, The Seattle Times, "Mitchell’s 34 points push Jazz past Bulls, 110-102," 12 Jan. 2019 Well after Horch the man departed, the automaker was cranking out dual-overhead-cam straight-eights, servo-actuated brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, transverse leaf springs, and five-speed gearboxes. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The Audi A8 May Go Electric and Ultra-Luxurious with a New High-End Model," 25 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of eight

: the number 8
: the eighth in a set or series
: eight o'clock


\ ˈāt How to pronounce eight (audio) \

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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