\ˈsiks \

Definition of six 

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

2 : the sixth in a set or series

3 : something having six units or members: such as

a : an ice hockey team

b : a 6-cylinder engine or automobile

at sixes and sevens

: in a state of disorder

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Other Words from six

six adjective
six pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of six in a Sentence

“What time is it?” “It's six.” I leave each day at six.

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The Gunners looked at sixes and sevens defensively and Leroy Fer almost made them pay the price by driving from his own half into the penalty box but his tame effort was easily collected by Cech., "Swansea 3-1 Arsenal: Clucas Double & Cech Howler Give Swansea Vital Win as Mkhitaryan Makes Debut," 30 Jan. 2018 The 18-year-old left-hander completed four shutout innings for the second time since the draft, striking out a career-high six and scattering three hits and a walk over four shutout frames in the AZL Padres’ 3-0 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. Jeff Sanders,, "MacKenzie Gore continues stellar start to career," 16 Aug. 2017 His next six starts went like this: three runs in five innings, no runs in six innings, six runs in 2 1/3 innings, four runs in 4 2/3 innings, one run in six innings and five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Kevin Acee,, "A's come back in ninth, beat Padres in 10th," 19 June 2018 Washington’s pick-six came just minutes after an offensive touchdown by Connecticut tied the game. Sean Begin,, "Governor's Cup: Connecticut All-Stars Defeat Rhode Island, 28-7," 30 June 2018 Chase Anderson surrendered two homers and a season-high six runs, and the normally reliable bullpen leaked oil for the second consecutive day as the Brewers came up just short against the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-9, at Miller Park. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phillies 10, Brewers 9: A late outburst isn't enough to overcome shaky pitching," 17 June 2018 When the hard-hitting defensive back met Chris Sims at the goal-line, the Texas quarterback threw pick-six to linebacker Teddy Lehman that sealed the game for Oklahoma. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ricky Willliams ahead of Cotton Bowl HOF induction: Texas needs 'a superstar' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 What’s not yet known is which engine or engines will be offered in the continuation cars, as D-types carried 3.4-, 3.8-, and 3.0-liter straight-sixes under their curvaceous hoods over the course of the car’s run. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Jaguar Revives Iconic D-type, Plans to Build 25 Additional Examples," 6 Feb. 2018 Scored on an 80-yard pick-six and 99-yard fumble return. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Top Fort Worth-area football prospects picked up these offers this week | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of six

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

History and Etymology for six

Middle English, from six, adjective, from Old English siex; akin to Old High German sehs six, Latin sex, Greek hex

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

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English Language Learners Definition of six

: the number 6

: the sixth in a set or series

: six o'clock


\ˈsiks \

Kids Definition of six

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than five



Kids Definition of six (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than five : two times three : 6

2 : the sixth in a set or series

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