Definition of eighth in English:

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Pronunciation: /eɪtθ/

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.
1.1The 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.
2Each 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.



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  • 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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