a cardinal number, eight plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 9 or IX.
a set of this many persons or things.
a baseball team.
a playing card with nine pips.
the Nine, the Muses.
amounting to nine in number.
dressed to the nines, looking one’s best; dressed smartly, splendidly, etc.:
All the girls were dressed to the nines for the party.
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and eight See also number (sense 1)
a numeral, 9, IX, etc, representing this number
something representing, represented by, or consisting of nine units, such as a playing card with nine symbols on it
Also nine o’clock. nine hours after noon or midnight: the play starts at nine
(informal) dressed to the nines, dressed up to the nines, elaborately dressed
999, (in Britain) the telephone number of the emergency services
nine to five, normal office hours: he works nine to five, a nine-to-five job
Old English nigen, from Proto-Germanic *niwun (cf. Old Saxon nigun, Old Frisian niugun, Old Norse niu, Swedish nio, Middle Dutch neghen, Dutch negen, Old High German niun, German neun, Gothic niun “nine”), from PIE newn “nine” (cf. Sanskrit nava, Avestan nava, Greek ennea, Albanian nende, Latin novem (with change of -n- to -m- by analogy of septem, decem), Lithuanian devnyi, Old Church Slavonic deveti (the Balto-Slavic forms by dissimilation of -n- to -d-), Old Irish noin, Welsh naw).
Nine to five “the average workday” is attested from 1935. Nine days has been proverbial since 14c. for the time which a wonder or novelty holds attention.
A nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol: There was a fight. I saw a man running with a nine/ People seeking guns for personal combat want reliable stopping power, revolvers or semiautomatic pistols known as ”nines” (1990s+)
: Motherfucker tried to stiff me on a buy and I nined him right there
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noun 1. a variation of pool played with nine numbered object balls that must be pocketed in order by number.
- Nine-banded armadillo
[nahyn-ban-did] /ˈnaɪnˌbæn dɪd/ noun 1. an armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, of the southern U.S. to Argentina, having nine hinged bands of bony plates, the female of which usually gives birth to quadruplets that are always of the same sex.
[nahyn-bahrk] /ˈnaɪnˌbɑrk/ noun 1. any of several shrubs belonging to the genus Physocarpus, of the rose family, having that separates into thin layers.
[nahyn–i-lev-uh n] /ˈnaɪn ɪˈlɛv ən/ 1. September 11, 2001: the day on which Islamic terrorists, believed to be part of the Al-Qaeda network, hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City and a third one into the Pentagon in Virginia: the fourth plane crashed into […]