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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The final pass was the seventh time this season that Winston had thrown a pick-six, which also is an NFL record. Mark Inabinett |, al, "State NFL roundup: Finale encapsulates season for Jameis Winston," 30 Dec. 2019 Breeze had a fumble recovery and pick-six against USC, recovered the late fumble in the Civil War and made a career-high nine tackles and had an interception in the Pac-12 championship, when Young had a career-best eight stops with a sack. oregonlive, "How Brady Breeze, Bryson Young went from odd men out to 2 of Oregon Ducks’ most impactful defenders," 27 Dec. 2019 Fitzpatrick pounced on a Jared Goff fumble and sprinted to the end zone to give the Steelers a 14-7 lead, his second touchdown in two games following a tide-turning pick-six against Indianapolis the previous Sunday. Will Graves,, "Steelers’ defense leads way in win over Rams," 10 Nov. 2019 The Mountaineers got a fourth-quarter pick-six against Coastal Carolina last weekend to survive a scare. Ross Dellenger,, "The Case for and Against College Football's 18 Remaining Undefeated Teams," 30 Sep. 2019 Shelby Harris had two sacks to give him a career-high six on the year. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos vs. Chiefs — a roundup of Denver’s Week 15 loss in Kansas City," 16 Dec. 2019 Two pick-sixes, including one caught off a receiver’s backside at the goal line. C.j. Doon,, "College football overreaction index, Week 14: Don’t bury Nick Saban and the Alabama dynasty just yet," 2 Dec. 2019 Breeze had a fumble recovery and a pick-six against the Trojans. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football: Practice performance will determine Wildcats’ starting QB at Oregon," 12 Nov. 2019 Billoups threw for two scores, added two on the ground, snatched a pick-six on defense and picked off another pass late in the fourth for good measure. Devin Ugland, Los Angeles Times, "Nick Billoups leads San Clemente to 44-28 victory over Tesoro," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Six.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce six (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of six

: the number 6
: the sixth in a set or series
: six o'clock
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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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