fifth

Definitions

  • Painting at the Entrance of The Fifth Tomb
    Painting at the Entrance of The Fifth Tomb
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fifth coming next after the fourth and just before the sixth in position
    • n fifth the musical interval between one note and another five notes away from it
    • n fifth a quantity of liquor equal to one fifth of a United States gallon
    • n fifth one part in five equal parts
    • n fifth position five in a countable series of things "he was fifth out of several hundred runners"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the twenty fifth volume the twenty fifth volume
The Old Fifth Avenue Send-Off The Old Fifth Avenue Send-Off
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fifth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fifth Second
Fifth stanza, surrounded by apple blossoms Fifth stanza, surrounded by apple blossoms
The Fifth of November anticipated in Quite Mad-eira The Fifth of November anticipated in Quite Mad-eira
A RESCUE FROM A FIFTH STORY A RESCUE FROM A FIFTH STORY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.
    • Fifth Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing.
    • Fifth Next in order after the fourth; -- the ordinal of five.
    • Fifth (Mus) The interval of three tones and a semitone, embracing five diatonic degrees of the scale; the dominant of any key.
    • Fifth The quotient of a unit divided by five; one of five equal parts; a fifth part.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world (behind Russia, Canada, China and the United States). It’s only 300,000 square miles smaller than the United States. Australia, India, Argentina, Kazakhstan and the Sudan round out the Top 10.
    • fifth Next after the fourth: an ordinal numeral.
    • n fifth The quotient of unity divided by five; one of five equal parts of anything: as, one fifth (⅕) of an acre.
    • n fifth In music: A tone five diatonic degrees above or below any given tone.
    • n fifth The interval between any tone and a tone five degrees distant from it.
    • n fifth The combination of two tones distant by a fifth.
    • n fifth In a scale, the fifth tone from the bottom; the dominant: solmizated sol, as G in the scale of C, or E in that of A. The typical interval of the fifth is that between the first and fifth tones of a diatonic scale, acoustically represented by the ratio 3:2, and equal to three diatonic steps and a half. Such a fifth is called perfect or major; a fifth a half-step shorter is called diminished or minor; a fifth a half-step longer is called augmented, pluperfect, superfluous, or extreme. The perfect fifth is the next most perfect consonance after the octave. In harmony the parallel motion of two voices in perfect fifths is forbidden; such fifths are often called consecutive fifths, or simply consecutives.
    • n fifth In early English law, a fifth part of the rents of the year, or of movables, or both, granted or levied by way of tax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If Texas were a country it's GNP would be fifth largest of any country on earth.
    • adj Fifth fifth next after the fourth
    • n Fifth one of five equal parts:
    • n Fifth (mus.) a tone five diatonic degrees above or below any given tone
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Quotations

  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. [About Paris]”
  • Jeff Foxworthy
    Jeff Foxworthy
    “I've never been jealous. Not even when my dad finished the fifth grade a year before I did.”
  • John Barrymore
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    “I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
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    “One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.”

Idioms

Fifth columnist - (UK) A fifth columnist is a member of a subversive organisation who tries to help an enemy invade.
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Fifth wheel - (USA) A fifth wheel is something unnecessary or useless.
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Take the fifth - (USA) If you do not want to answer a question you can take the fifth, meaning you are choosing not to answer. ('Plead the fifth' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fifte, fifthe, AS. fīfta,. See Five

Usage

In literature:

The fifth sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about the 22d of July.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The Fifth say that they expect orders to go to the Black Hills, so as to get between the reservations and Sitting Bull's people.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
A three-story lodging house at Fifth and Minna streets collapsed and over seventy-five dead bodies were taken out.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Mellor's here as a messenger from the Fifth of St. Bede's to us, the Fifth of Garside.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
And we sure made a fine trio ridin' up Fifth-ave. in a taxi!
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
There are, in the public schools, 533,606 teachers, four-fifths of whom are women.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
Of this fifth, or stone kingdom, there is to be no end by conquest, or decay, or succession.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
On the fifth of November the armies met at Rosbach.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
These were a revelation to him, and he used them in making his fifth glider, which was a great improvement on its predecessors.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Daoud's troop, the boys in their fifth year of training, rode immediately behind the Mamelukes.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

Hidden 'mongst the trees
Awaiting the Fifth Month, yet,
O, Little Cuckoo,
At least try to spread your wings
And hop from branch to branch.
"Hidden 'mongst the trees" by Ise
Fairy the second bade, "Be witty!"
The third said, "Never fail!"
The fourth, "Dance well!" and the fifth, "O Princess,
Sing like the nightingale!"
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
Look at him, now the fourth’s day’s come!
He scarcely weighs a sugar-plum;
He’s like a little bit of thread
And on the fifth day he was dead!
"The Story of Augustus who would not have any Soup" by Heinrich Hoffmann
Then out and spake the fifth o' them,
"It were great sin true love to twain!"
And out and spake the sixth o' them,
"It were shame to slay a sleeping man!"
"Clerk Saunders" by Andrew Lang
Who built the Forth Bridge—I can tell you—
A Scotsman named Abram McGee.
He built the Forth Bridge and the fifth one
After somebody else had built three.
"The Memory Man" by Billy Bennett
The fifth day there came a hush;
We left our holes
And looked above the wreckage of the earth
To where the white clouds moved in silent lines
Across the untroubled blue.
"Bombardment" by Siegfried Sassoon

In news:

About a fifth of Russians say the Olympics were a 'complete failure' for Russia.
It's the couple's fourth child, her fifth.
The Makindu Children's Program, based in Brownsville , is kicking off its fifth biennial Proper Walk in August and is seeking donations.
Downtown Records celebrated their fifth birthday last weekend with a two-night blowout party in New York City, featuring performances from the hottest artists on the label.
It was the fifth section of pavement to blow up on Highway 29 in the past week.
The 712 Fifth Avenue project, at 56th Street, has been battered in more ways than one.
NEW YORK – Yes, Oliver Perez, the Mets erstwhile fifth starter, will be in the bullpen and available for work on Wednesday night as the Mets (1-0) host the Florida Marlins here at Citi Field.
Toniekia Poole got a surprise Tuesday afternoon as she tried to find out why her fifth-grade daughter's school bus was two hours late.
Buses will leave curbside from Fifth Avenue South, next to the International District/Chinatown transit station, four times a day.
Inn on Fifth continues construction for expansion project on Fifth Avenue South.
Fifth-generation New York City butcher Evan Lobel joins Martha for a master class on meat.
Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop.
For only the fifth time in its history, each of the 58,282 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was read.
The 24 Hours of LeMons has been coming to Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina since 2008, making this weekend's race the fifth annual 24 Hours of LeMons South Fall.
LANSING, Mich (WLMI) The patient Lansing Lugnuts (2-1, 49-23) took advantage of seven consecutive walks in a nine-run fifth inning of a 13-6 victory over the Great Lakes Loons (1-2, 35-38) on Sunday afternoon at Cooley Law School Stadium.
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In science:

Fifth, the full descendant potential that we study here (a genus expansion of Barannikov-Kontsevich construction) is not exactly the mirror partner of the Gromov-Witten potential of a mirror dual Calabi-Yau manifold.
BCOV theory via Givental group action on cohomological field theories
V. Suma, and T.R. Gopalakrishnan Nair, “Effective defect prevention approach in software process for achieving better quality levels”, Fifth International Conference on Software Engineering, vol. 32, pp.2070– 3740, August 2008.
Analysis of Test Efficiency during Software Development Process
Montgomery, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, Fifth Edition, 1991, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. K. H.
Primes of the form a^2+qb^2
Rosen, Elementary Number Theory and its Applications, Fifth Edition, 2005, Addison Wesley. I. J.
Primes of the form a^2+qb^2
The fifth section gives a possible generalization to the four-dimensional case.
Tensor models, a quantum field theoretical particularization
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