noun, (used with a singular verb) British.
a game resembling handball, played on a court having a front wall and two side walls.
a cardinal number, four plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
Informal. a five-dollar bill:
Can you give me two fives for a ten?
amounting to five in number.
take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.
(functioning as sing) a ball game similar to squash but played with bats or the hands
the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it
Old English fif, from Proto-Germanic *fimfe (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon fif, Dutch vijf, Old Norse fimm, Old High German funf, Gothic fimf), from PIE *penkwe- (cf. Sanskrit panca, Greek pente, Latin quinque, Old Church Slavonic peti, Lithuanian penke, Old Welsh pimp). The sound shift that removed the *-m- is a regular development involving Old English, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon (cf. thought, from stem of think; couth from *kunthaz; us from *uns.
Slang five-finger discount “theft” is from 1966. Five o’clock shadow attested by 1937. The original five-year plan was 1928 in the U.S.S.R.
bunch of fives
The hand; the five fingers (1950s+ Jive talk)
give someone five, hang five, nine-to-five, slip (or give) me five, take five
see: take five
- Five-second rule
noun in basketball, a rule that a closely-guarded player cannot hold the ball for more than five seconds without dribbling, passing, or shooting noun phrase The belief that if one picks up a dropped food item very quickly, it is safe to eat: five-second rule in the cafeteria
plural noun 1. the senses or faculties of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.
[fahyv-speed] /ˈfaɪvˌspid/ noun 1. (in an automotive vehicle or bicycle) a transmission or system of gears having five forward gear ratios. 2. an automotive vehicle or bicycle having such a transmission or system of gears. adjective 3. having five forward gear ratios.
- Five-spice powder
[fahyv-spahys] /ˈfaɪvˌspaɪs/ noun 1. a mixture of spices used especially in Chinese cooking, usually including cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, pepper, and star anise.