Definition of eighth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ā(t)TH/

ordinal number

1Constituting number eight in a sequence; 8th: in the eighth century the eighth of September seven men admitted conspiracy, an eighth admitted assisting an offender
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  • As the Byzantines gradually lost control of Italy in the eighth century, a number of cities began to emerge as more or less independent powers.
  • This graveyard is an ancient site dating back to the eighth century at least as depicted by the burial of an unknown bishop buried in the eighth century.
  • In the eighth century BC there must have been lots of large villages in the Central Mediterranean populated by refugees and runaways.
1.1 (an eighth/one eighth) Each of eight equal parts into which something is or may be divided: an eighth of an inch
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  • Cut apples into halves, quarters or eighths to explain fractions or use nickels, dimes and quarters to teach children percentages.
  • Cut each peach in half, remove the stone and cut into quarters or eighths, depending on the size.
  • If you cut one sandwich in halves, another in quarters, and another in eighths, the kids can see the relationship between 1/2 and 2/4 and 4 / 8.
1.2The eighth finisher or position in a race or competition: she finished eighth of the eleven runners
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  • It finished eighth in the competition.
  • O'Sullivan finished eighth in the Scottish race, and admitted she was struggling for fitness after the strains of running in London.
  • Preston was back for the Championship race where he finished eighth after dropping out early with canopy problems.



Example sentences
  • Eighthly, I give all my personal property not named above to my Son.
  • Eighthly, we question whether so precious a site should be dedicated two-thirds to property development.

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Syllabification: eighth

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