Seven



noun
1.
a cardinal number, 6 plus 1.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 7 or VII.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
a playing card with seven pips.
5.
sevens, (used with a singular verb) fan-tan (def 1).
adjective
6.
amounting to seven in number.
Verb phrases
7.
seven out. crap2 (def 3a).
noun
1.
the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one and is a prime number See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 7, VII, etc, representing this number
3.
the amount or quantity that is one greater than six
4.
anything representing, represented by, or consisting of seven units, such as a playing card with seven symbols on it
5.
Also called seven o’clock. seven hours after noon or midnight
determiner
6.

amounting to seven: seven swans a-swimming
(as pronoun): you’ve eaten seven already, related prefixes hepta- septi-

This number occurs frequently in Scripture, and in such connections as lead to the supposition that it has some typical meaning. On the seventh day God rested, and hallowed it (Gen. 2:2, 3). The division of time into weeks of seven days each accounts for many instances of the occurrence of this number. This number has been called the symbol of perfection, and also the symbol of rest. “Jacob’s seven years’ service to Laban; Pharaoh’s seven fat oxen and seven lean ones; the seven branches of the golden candlestick; the seven trumpets and the seven priests who sounded them; the seven days’ siege of Jericho; the seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven seals, seven vials, and many others, sufficiently prove the importance of this sacred number” (see Lev. 25:4; 1 Sam. 2:5; Ps. 12:6; 79:12; Prov. 26:16; Isa. 4:1; Matt. 18:21, 22; Luke 17:4). The feast of Passover (Ex. 12:15, 16), the feast of Weeks (Deut. 16:9), of Tabernacles (13:15), and the Jubilee (Lev. 25:8), were all ordered by seven. Seven is the number of sacrifice (2 Chr. 29:21; Job 42:8), of purification and consecration (Lev. 42:6, 17; 8:11, 33; 14:9, 51), of forgiveness (Matt. 18:21, 22; Luke 17:4), of reward (Deut. 28:7; 1 Sam. 2:5), and of punishment (Lev. 26:21, 24, 28; Deut. 28:25). It is used for any round number in such passages as Job 5:19; Prov. 26:16, 25; Isa. 4:1; Matt. 12:45. It is used also to mean “abundantly” (Gen. 4:15, 24; Lev. 26:24; Ps. 79:12).

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