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eighth

[eytth, eyth] /eɪtθ, eɪθ/
adjective
1.
next after the seventh.
2.
being one of eight equal parts.
noun
3.
an eighth part, especially of one (⅛).
4.
the eighth member of a series.
5.
Music. octave.
adverb
6.
in the eighth place; eighthly.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English eightethe, Old English eahtotha; cognate with Old High German ahtoda, Old Norse āttandi, Gothic ahtud-. See eight, -th2
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  • Delany started this project as a widow in her eighth decade.
  • The poem was probably composed in the seventh or eighth century and spread primarily through song or spoken verse.
  • They had known each other since eighth grade, sharing the silly private jokes that only longtime pals know.
  • He would bring us tomatoes, and greens and okra and cabbage from that little farm he had right there on eighth avenue.
  • It's the security breakthrough every eighth grader has been waiting for.
  • In future, any sect whose established teachings forbid education after the eighth grade may put its children into wood workshops.
  • In fact, it appears that the water level has shrunken by an eighth or three sixteens of an inch.
  • There's also a switch to add some dotted eighth notes to your delay.
  • Last year the state's income per head was eighth from the bottom of the state rankings.
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British Dictionary definitions for eighth

eighth

/eɪtθ/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the seventh and before the ninth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of eight: often written 8th
  2. (as noun): the eighth in line
noun
2.
  1. one of eight equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
  2. (as modifier): an eighth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by eight (1/8)
4.
another word for octave
adverb
5.
Also eighthly. after the seventh person, position, event, etc
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Word Origin and History for eighth
adj.

late 14c., eighthe, from Old English eahtoða; see eight + -th (1). Cf. Old High German ahtoda, Old Frisian achta, German achte, Gothic ahtuda.

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