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nine

[nahyn] /naɪn/
noun
1.
a cardinal number, eight plus one.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 9 or IX.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
a baseball team.
5.
a playing card with nine pips.
6.
the Nine, the Muses.
adjective
7.
amounting to nine in number.
Idioms
8.
dressed to the nines, looking one's best; dressed smartly, splendidly, etc.:
All the girls were dressed to the nines for the party.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English nigan, nigon, cognate with Dutch negen, akin to German neun, Old Norse nīu, Gothic niun, Latin novem, Greek ennéa, Sanskrit náva
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British Dictionary definitions for ninest

nine

/naɪn/
noun
1.
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and eight See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 9, IX, etc, representing this number
3.
something representing, represented by, or consisting of nine units, such as a playing card with nine symbols on it
4.
Also nine o'clock. nine hours after noon or midnight the play starts at nine
5.
(informal) dressed to the nines, dressed up to the nines, elaborately dressed
6.
999, (in Britain) the telephone number of the emergency services
7.
nine to five, normal office hours he works nine to five, a nine-to-five job
determiner
8.
  1. amounting to nine nine days
  2. (as pronoun) nine of the ten are ready
related
prefix nona-
Word Origin
Old English nigon; related to Gothic niun, Latin novem
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Word Origin and History for ninest
nine
O.E. nigen, from P.Gmc. *niwun (cf. O.Fris. niugun, O.N. niu, Du. negen, Ger. neun, Goth. niun "nine"), from PIE (e)newn (cf. Skt. nava, Avestan nava, Gk. ennea, Alb. nende, L. novem, Lith. devnyi, O.C.S. deveti (the Balto-Slavic forms by dissimilation of -n- to -d-), O.Ir. noin, Welsh naw). Ninth is O.E. nigonðe. Sense in cloud nine, etc., possibly because, "As the largest one-figure integer, nine is sometimes used for emphasis" [Shipley]. Nine to five "the average workday" is attested from 1959. Nine days has been proverbial since 14c. for the time which a wonder or novelty holds attention. The game of ninepins is attested from 1580.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ninest

nine

noun

A nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol: There was a fight. I saw a man running with a nine/ People seeking guns for personal combat want reliable stopping power, revolvers or semiautomatic pistols known as ''nines'' (1990s+)

verb

: Motherfucker tried to stiff me on a buy and I nined him right there


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Related Abbreviations for ninest

NINE

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Idioms and Phrases with ninest
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