|1.||a. coming after the fourth in order, position, time, etc. Often written: 5th|
|b. (as noun): he came on the fifth|
|2.||a. one of five equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc|
|b. (as modifier): a fifth part|
|3.||the fraction equal to one divided by five (1/5)|
|a. the interval between one note and another five notes away from it counting inclusively along the diatonic scale|
|b. perfect diminished See also interval one of two notes constituting such an interval in relation to the other|
|5.||an additional high gear fitted to some motor vehicles|
|6.||Also: fifthly after the fourth person, position, event, etc|
|7.||Also: fifthly as the fifth point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument|
|[Old English fīfta]|
Coming after fourth, as in order, rank, or time.
Being the outermost digit, as on a hand.
take the fifth definition
take the Fifth
Refuse to answer on the grounds that one may incriminate oneself, as in He took the Fifth on so many of the prosecutor's questions that we're sure he's guilty. This idiom refers to the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that no person shall be compelled to be a witness against himself or herself. [Mid-1900s]