noun (used with a singular verb)
- a cardinal number, seven plus one.
- a symbol for this number, as 8 or VIII.
- a set of this many persons or things, as the crew of an eight-oared racing shell.
- a playing card the face of which bears eight pips.
- an automobile powered by an eight-cylinder engine.
- an eight-cylinder engine.
- amounting to eight in number.
- the cardinal number that is the sum of one and seven and the product of two and fourSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 8, VIII, etc, representing this number
- music the numeral 8 used as the lower figure in a time signature to indicate that the beat is measured in quavers
- the amount or quantity that is one greater than seven
- something representing, represented by, or consisting of eight units, such as a playing card with eight symbols on it
- a racing shell propelled by eight oarsmen
- the crew of such a shell
- Also called: eight o’clock eight hours after noon or midnight
- have one over the eight slang to be drunk
- See figure of eight
- amounting to eight
- (as pronoun)I could only find eight
late 14c., eighte, earlier ehte (c.1200), from Old English eahta, æhta, from Proto-Germanic *akhto(u) (cf. Old Saxon ahto, Old Frisian ahta, Old Norse atta, Swedish åtta, Dutch acht, Old High German Ahto, German acht, Gothic ahtau), from PIE *okto(u) “eight” (cf. Sanskrit astau, Avestan ashta, Greek okto, Latin octo, Old Irish ocht-n, Breton eiz, Old Church Slavonic osmi, Lithuanian aštuoni).
Klein calls it “an old dual form, orig. meaning ‘twice four.’ ” For spelling, see fight (v.). Meaning “eight-man crew of a rowing boat” is from 1847. The Spanish piece of eight (1690s) was so called because it was worth eight reals (see piece (n.)). Figure (of) eight as the shape of a race course, etc., attested from c.1600. To be behind the eight ball “in trouble” (1932) is a metaphor from shooting pool.
see behind the eight ball.