The number eight.
- Eight (8) is a number that comes after 7 and before 9.
The number (8) between 7 and 9 is an example of eight.
Origin of eightMiddle English eighte ; from Old English eahta, akin to German acht ; from Indo-European base an unverified form oktō(u)- Classical Latin octo, Classical Greek oktō, Old Irish ocht
- the cardinal number between seven and nine; 8; VIII
- any group of eight people or things, as a crew of eight oarsmen
- something numbered eight or having eight units, as a playing card, throw of dice, etc.
- an engine with eight cylinders or an automobile with such an engine
- anything shaped like an 8, as a figure in skating
- The cardinal number equal to 7 + 1.
- The eighth in a set or sequence.
- Something having eight parts, units, or members, especially:a. Sports An eight-oared racing shell.b. An eight-cylinder engine or motor vehicle.
Origin of eightMiddle English eighte, from Old English eahta; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.
- The digit/figure 8.
- (playing cards) Any of the four cards in a normal deck with the value eight.
- (nautical) A light, narrow rowing boat, especially one used in competitive rowing, steered by a cox, in which a eight rowers each have two oars
- (rowing, especially in plural) A race in which such craft participate
From Middle English eight, aught, eahte, ahte, from Old English eahta (“eight”), from Proto-Germanic *ahtōu (“eight”), from Proto-Indo-European *oḱtṓw. Cognate with Scots aucht (“eight”), West Frisian acht (“eight”), Dutch acht (“eight”), Low German acht (“eight”), German acht (“eight”), Swedish åtta (“eight”), Icelandic átta (“eight”), Latin octo (“eight”), Ancient Greek ὀκτώ (oktō), Irish ocht (“eight”).