Definition of eighth in English:


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’
    • ‘They have just celebrated their eighth year at number one.’
    • ‘The players still think they can make a run at the eighth seed in the playoffs.’
    • ‘In the eighth century BC there must have been lots of large villages in the Central Mediterranean populated by refugees and runaways.’
    • ‘It grew quickly, and by the eighth century it had tall buildings and was crowded with people.’
    • ‘He's also the eighth goaltender to start the playoffs for the Flyers in eight years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Archaeological evidence suggests that the area has been inhabited since the eighth century.’
    • ‘Since the eighth century his poetry and life story have been familiar to every educated Chinese.’
    • ‘Jenson Button dedicated his eighth podium finish of the season to his sick grandfather after a fine drive in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.’
    • ‘The eighth century had seen the regional kingdoms and larger monasteries of Britain and Ireland became major landowners and economic powers.’
    • ‘In the eighth century, another earthquake struck, but by that time the city had been abandoned.’
    • ‘The islands were colonized by Africans in the eighth century.’
    • ‘Tea was introduced to Japan as early as the eighth century from China, where it was used for medicinal reasons.’
    • ‘Founded in the eighth century, its soaring, spired silhouette is as celebrated an image of France as the Eiffel Tower.’
    • ‘Liverpool have the eighth best goalscoring record and the seventh best defensive record.’
    • ‘Founded in the eighth century, it has long been a cultural, artistic, and religious centre.’
    • ‘When the Moors conquered most of the known world in the eighth century, they used a special technique to aid their cause.’
    • ‘The Moors invaded Spain in the eighth century, and much of the Spanish language derives from Arabic.’
    • ‘The history of this craft goes back to the eighth century, and was imported into Japan from China.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Each of eight equal parts into which something is or may be divided.
      ‘an eighth of an inch’
      • ‘Cut each peach in half, remove the stone and cut into quarters or eighths, depending on the size.’
      • ‘After watching today, I think we've got another eighth of a mile coming.’
      • ‘Cut apples into halves, quarters or eighths to explain fractions or use nickels, dimes and quarters to teach children percentages.’
      • ‘Then, to my surprise, he tore the photograph in half, then fourths, then eighths and threw it in the garbage basket beside his bed.’
      • ‘Traditional inch-pound bar sizes are the bar's diameter in eighths of an inch; metric bar sizes are the bar's diameter in millimeters.’
      • ‘And cannabis has fallen by around a third, from £15 per eighth of an ounce to £10.’
      • ‘No one has managed to cut a tablet into eighths without reducing it to powder.’
      • ‘Cut the lemon into eighths, and lightly crush the whole garlic cloves so that they just crack open.’
      • ‘He tore the pages in halves, then fourths, then eighths.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We're over seven eighths of the way there,’ said Blitz. ‘And I've got us a final job that should take us up to the total.’’
      • ‘The number indicates the diameter of the tube in eighths of an inch.’
      • ‘Vanessa took the card out of her pocket, ripped it into eighths and sprinkled them onto the table.’
      • ‘The brass must be around an eighth of an inch thick.’
      • ‘Finding one, he set down the apple on the counter near the small window and began to slice it into pieces; first into halves, then into quarters, and then into eighths.’
      • ‘Slice one lime (two if they are small) into eighths and squeeze the juice into a cocktail shaker, dropping the squeezed-out slices into a tall glass.’
      • ‘There were two stands of forest, an eighth of a mile away.’
    2. 1.2The eighth finisher or position in a race or competition.
      ‘she finished eighth of the eleven runners’
      • ‘The revamped unit finished eighth in the league this season in points allowed.’
      • ‘The following season Norwich failed to build on the foundations they had created and finished a disappointing eighth.’
      • ‘He took the first of his three victories and eventually finished eighth in the point standings.’
      • ‘She's also ranked eighth in a graduating class of 415 with a 5.286 grade point average.’
      • ‘He fared poorly during qualifying but moved from 27th to eighth during the race.’
      • ‘O'Sullivan finished eighth in the Scottish race, and admitted she was struggling for fitness after the strains of running in London.’
      • ‘He even tried his hand at the 1500, finishing eighth in 15: 35.35.’
      • ‘It finished eighth in the competition.’
      • ‘"We're eighth in the table on the same number of points as Chelsea.’
      • ‘And suddenly, we're eighth in the table, seven points behind Arsenal.’
      • ‘Their comparative lack of match practice could explain why they are ranked a lowly eighth in the world.’
      • ‘The team has climbed to eighth in the league in the important category of opponents' field goal percentage.’
      • ‘The former British champion finished eighth in the series with one win after his debut season with Alfa Romeo.’
      • ‘Last year Garcia achieved his best placing in the Open when he finished tied eighth.’
      • ‘Last year, started 14th, finished eighth.’
      • ‘Australia also continued to do well, ranking eighth overall.’
      • ‘Gordon inched his way closer to the top 10 in points by finishing eighth at Indy.’
      • ‘Preston was back for the Championship race where he finished eighth after dropping out early with canopy problems.’
      • ‘Taiwan is ranked eighth of the 44 competing nations.’
      • ‘You have to say we have done magnificently to be lying eighth in a very competitive league.’