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ninth

[nahynth] /naɪnθ/
adjective
1.
next after the eighth; being the ordinal number for nine.
2.
being one of nine equal parts.
noun
3.
a ninth part, especially of one (1/9).
4.
the ninth member of a series.
5.
Music.
  1. a tone distant from another tone by an interval of an octave and a second.
  2. the interval between such tones.
  3. harmonic combination of such tones.
adverb
6.
in the ninth place.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English ninthe (see nine, -th2), replacing Middle English niend (Old English nigend), neogethe, nigethe (Old English nigotha); akin to Old Saxon nigutho, Old Norse nīundi, Gothic niunda
Related forms
ninthly, adverb
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  • The popular politician had been nominated on the ninth ballot as his party's candidate.
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  • After the wave of renewed barbarian invasions of the ninth century there was steadier progress, built on more solid foundations.
British Dictionary definitions for ninth

ninth

/naɪnθ/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the eighth in counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of nine. Often written: 9th
  2. (as noun): he came on the ninth, ninth in line
noun
2.
  1. one of nine equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
  2. (as modifier): a ninth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by nine (1/9)
4.
(music)
  1. an interval of one octave plus a second
  2. one of two notes constituting such an interval
  3. See ninth chord
adverb
5.
Also ninthly. after the eighth person, position, event, etc
sentence connector
6.
Also ninthly. as the ninth point: linking what follows to the previous statement
Word Origin
Old English nigotha; related to Old High German niunto, Old Norse nīundi
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Word Origin and History for ninth
adj.

c.1300, modification (by influence of nine) of nigonðe, from Old English nigoða, nigend.

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