Definition of nine in English:


cardinal number

  • 1Equivalent to the product of three and three; one more than eight, or one less than ten; 9.

    ‘all nine justices agreed that the law could not stand’
    ‘nine of the twelve members’
    • ‘Last season, he had four touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games.’
    • ‘Although none of them feature on the leaderboard, it was a productive day for eight of the nine Scots who made the halfway cut.’
    • ‘I ended up needing more yarn than quoted in the pattern - nine skeins instead of eight, which is a touch critical with a yarn like that.’
    • ‘Finns drink twice as much as they did in 1970-the equivalent of more than nine litres of pure alcohol per person each year.’
    • ‘It's only classics that you've seen eight or nine productions of as a reviewer.’
    • ‘According to the spokesperson, among those rescued were eight girls and nine women who have been held in the bush since 1996.’
    • ‘Eight of the nine factions in the House expressed support for discussing the protocol with government officials.’
    • ‘The Tigers have made 24 league visits to York and in that series of games, City have won nine times, Hull eight with seven draws.’
    • ‘The USA has given nine gifts, with eight coming from China.’
    • ‘I think it is probable that if encouraged to do so, they would flower eight or nine months out of the twelve.’
    • ‘Eight of the nine town councillors present, voted to accept the proposed budget, presented by the finance committee.’
    • ‘Mainscale production has to be the key and we need to be thinking of eight or nine mainscale productions every year.’
    • ‘A four-block scheme of two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom houses can be erected in eight to nine days.’
    • ‘There are currently 13 Conservative councillors, eight Independents and nine Liberal Democrats.’
    • ‘On each of Peckwater's nine staircases there are eight suites of rooms consisting of a spacious sitting room, with two small bedrooms.’
    • ‘Ten mice with the defect thrived after receiving the drug and never developed an arrhythmia, while eight out of nine untreated animals died.’
    • ‘Bobby will be sitting to my left, to the congregation's right, and he will be approximately eight to nine rows back.’
    • ‘They were all jailed for between eight and nine years.’
    • ‘At nine and eight years old respectively, both horses should be well equipped for the job, although the starting stalls might come as a bit of a shock.’
    • ‘Apparently, things are getting tense in central Auckland, as there have been nine contenders for eight frequencies.’
    1. 1.1A group or unit of nine individuals.
      • ‘Justices on the top court tend to stick around for a long time. Seven of the current nine were there a dozen years ago.’
      ennead, ninesome
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    2. 1.2Nine years old.
      ‘I was only nine’
      • ‘A burning desire to travel first seized him at the age of nine when his family emigrated from Nottingham to New Zealand.’
      • ‘Vince, his children aged nine and 10, and his parents all left, but his wife - a nurse - stayed to help at a local hospital.’
      • ‘Stephen told the tale that he had been obsessed since the age of nine with finding two identical cornflakes.’
      • ‘The children, all aged between eight and nine, then produced their own pictures four of which were chosen to go in the calendar.’
      • ‘At the age of nine, MacDougall says, he had a nervous breakdown.’
      • ‘A study of British youngsters aged nine to 12 looked at the effect of different foods on their hunger levels during the day.’
      • ‘At nine, Gill joined primary one of a school in Garnethill.’
      • ‘He could reach 11 notes when he was nine - the age at which he mastered Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto.’
      • ‘Tricks of the Trade is a three-day dance workshop suitable for anyone from the age of nine and costs 300.’
      • ‘For children aged nine to 11, the figure has more than halved to 21 per cent in 1999.’
      • ‘His Alpha Force adventure series follows a study which showed that boys aged between nine and 14 were reading less and less.’
      • ‘I personally thought the age of wisdom was nine, when I realized I knew more than my parents, or so I believed at the time.’
      • ‘I started learning to dance at the age of six, but at the age of nine I had heart problems and the doctor forbade me categorically from dancing.’
      • ‘I had flashbacks to the time I accidentally sat on a bus seat soaked with wine having stayed over at OJ's house at the age of about nine.’
      • ‘After starting racing karts in 1988 when he was aged just nine, Wilson has progressed through the ranks.’
      • ‘I declared myself a supporter of women's lib at the age of nine and naïvely rejoiced at the introduction of a female prime minister.’
      • ‘It's very, very difficult with small fellas about eight or nine.’
      • ‘The survey also showed that crimes of vandalism had increased by almost one-fifth over the same period, with some of the culprits aged as young as nine.’
      • ‘Those skills were honed on the pony racing circuit in Ireland where Maguire rode the first of his 200 odd winners at the tender age of nine.’
      • ‘Between the age of nine and 11, 21 per cent have had contact with porn.’
    3. 1.3Nine o'clock.
      ‘it's ten to nine’
      • ‘He glanced at the bedside clock and discovered that it was just past nine in the morning.’
      • ‘Music often goes all night from nine in the evening to seven the next morning.’
      • ‘The later licences allow people to start their evening at nine or even ten at night, or take in a show or a meal and still have time for a drink afterwards.’
      • ‘We worked until dinner time and then to nine or ten at night; on Saturday it could be till eleven and often till twelve at night.’
      • ‘"It's only half nine, " said Hermione.’
      • ‘Ben hadn't noticed but it was actually half past nine at night.’
      • ‘They watched TV for awhile before going for a drink at half past nine.’
    4. 1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by nine.
    5. 1.5A playing card with nine pips.
      • ‘If no one has all the nines, a new hand of 7 cards each is dealt from the remaining undealt part of the pack.’
      • ‘You may add to your moons at any time - e.g. if you already have a moon which consists of 2 nines, you may add another 9 to it at any time.’
      • ‘I think one of them had a pair of nines and one had a pair of aces.’
      • ‘If a player has a few nines, and some sevens, a couple of 8's, he may on trying be able to make a set of four different 9's, as well as a series of 6, 7, 8, and 9.’
      • ‘Sevens and sixes are worth two points, nines and ones are worth nothing, and all other cards are worth one point each.’
      • ‘The meld must have at least two cards of the same natural rank (any rank from four up to ace), such as two nines, three kings, four fives, etc.’
      • ‘Many people remove all the nines and play with a 40 card pack.’
      • ‘Some play that if you have five nines in your hand and you have no meld (except perhaps deeces), the hand is thrown in and redealt.’
      • ‘You can use your two nines to take the top 7 cards of the discard pile and make a dirty meld of three nines and a two for 50 points.’
      • ‘It differs from Nine Card Don in that all the cards are dealt - 13 to each player rather than nine, that the scoring value of the nines is increased, and that there is no score for ‘game’.’
      • ‘The declarer bids 5, announces four nines, and takes 93 card points without taking the stock.’
      • ‘This player can choose one of the four suits, or can call nines as trumps.’
      • ‘Once the nine of spades is played, then the ten may be played, and so on.’
      • ‘If equal sets of identical cards are played by different players (such as two nines of spades and two nines of diamonds when nines and clubs are trumps), then the earliest played beats the others.’
      • ‘Some play that if the hand is abandoned three times in a row because some player declares four nines, the dealer loses 120 points and the deal passes to the next player.’
      • ‘For instance if the player before you played some cards an said ‘two tens ‘, and you do not wish to challenge, you have a choice of playing jacks or nines.’
      • ‘Nines require the next play to play lower than or equal to a nine.’
      • ‘He did manage to hit a nine on the next card and an ace on the end, but two pair doesn't beat three of a kind.’
      • ‘This deck can be formed by mixing together two normal Pinochle decks, having thrown out the nines, or from four regular 52 card decks from which you throw out all the numerals 2 to 9.’
      • ‘They just need those pocket aces or ace-king or even a pair of nines as often as you seem to get them.’
    6. 1.6Greek Mythology The nine Muses.


Old English nigon, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch negen and German neun, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit nava, Latin novem, and Greek ennea.