nine

Definitions

  • It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nine denoting a quantity consisting of one more than eight and one less than ten
    • n nine one of four playing cards in a deck with nine pips on the face
    • n nine a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together "each club played six home games with teams in its own division"
    • n nine the cardinal number that is the sum of eight and one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A stitch in time saves nine A stitch in time saves nine
Get me double-six double-five nine Central Get me double-six double-five nine Central
At nine they stopped work and sung as usual At nine they stopped work and sung as usual

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nine egg yolks have been found in one chicken egg
    • Nine A group of nine people; as, the New York ninea baseball team.
    • Nine A symbol representing nine units, as 9 or ix.
    • a nine nīn Eight and one more; one less than ten; as, nine miles.
    • Nine The number greater than eight by a unit; nine units or objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The record for the longest Monopoly game played in a bathtub is ninety-nine hours
    • nine One more than eight, or one less than ten; thrice three: a cardinal numeral.
    • n nine The number consisting of the sum of one and eight; the number less by unity than ten; three times three.
    • n nine A symbol representing nine units, as 9, or IX, or ix.
    • n nine The body of players, nine in number, composing one side in a game of base-ball.
    • n nine A playing-card with nine spots or pips on it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads, at which point they die of starvation.
    • adj., n Nine nīn eight and one
    • n Nine the number of nine times twenty
    • n Nine a nineteenth part
    • n Nine a ninetieth part
    • n Nine one of nine equal parts
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Quotations

  • John Stuart Mill
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    “One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Nine out of ten people who change their minds are wrong the second time too.”
  • Horace Walpole
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    “Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.”
  • Francis Crawford
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    “To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “One of the striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.”

Idioms

Bent as a nine bob note - (UK) A person who is as bent as a nine bob note is dishonest. The reference comes from pre-decimalisation in UK (1971), when a ten shilling (bob) note was valid currency but no such note as nine shillings existed.
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Cloud nine - If you are on cloud nine, you are extremely happy. ('cloud seven' is a less common alternative)
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Dressed to the nines - If you are in your very best clothes, you're dressed to the nines.
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Stitch in time saves nine - A stitch in time saves nine means that if a job needs doing it is better to do it now, because it will only get worse, like a hole in clothes that requires stitching.
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Whole nine yards - The whole nine yards means means everything that is necessary or required for something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nine, nihen, AS. nigon, nigan,; akin to D. & LG. negen, OS. & OFries. nigun, OHG. niun, G. neun, Icel. nīu, sw. nio, Dan. ni, Goth. niun, Ir. & Gael. naoi, W. naw, L. novem, Gr. 'enne`a, Skr. navan,; of unknown origin. √307. Cf. Novembeer

Usage

In literature:

For nine days and nine nights Hermod rode on.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
An' did you ever try settin' nine hours a day?
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
He lived nine days and a half after he was hurt and couldn't eat one grain of rice.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Nine men went past you that time.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The pack weighs about eighteen pounds, the belt (with full canteen and cartridge pockets) another eight, the rifle nine.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
His heart waited for the stroke of nine.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
It was a tower of nine storeys, each about fifteen feet in height.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
They made only nine miles the last day, and found the water 'excessively swift.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
The nine-o'clock bell had rung, and the streets were still.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The nine-tribed House was called Israel, the three-tribed House Judah.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
The next Wednesday I went to Exmouth, our money having then again been reduced to about nine shillings.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
During those six weeks, better than nine years had passed on Earth.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
They had nine holes, 300, 250, 200, 325, 275, 350, 225, 375, and 400 yards apart.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
After a long, weary ride of eight or nine miles over the worst of country roads New Florence, fourteen miles from Johnstown, was reached.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The sides are of unequal breadth at the base, two measure nine feet, eight and one-half inches, the other two only nine feet.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Nine out of every ten men were butchered, until out of six hundred Normans sixty only were left alive.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
Bernard went to fetch him at nine o'clock this morning.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
I would change from corn to clover eight or nine years after setting.
"The Apple" by Various
In his pocket were nine dollars, money he had been saving for some time.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Our battery started about nine o'clock.
"Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery" by Theodore Reichardt
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In poetry:

"I have a thousand men," said he,
"To wait upon my will;
And towers nine upon the Tyne,
And three upon the Till."
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
She went, and battling with the sea,
They reach'd the vessel's side,
And sav'd nine precious lives,
From sinking in the tide.
"Grace Darling" by Thomas Frederick Young
When she came to Broomfield Hills,
She walked it nine times round,
And down below yon burn bank,
She found him sleeping sound.
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
When I was gay, when I was gay-
It's ninety years and nine!-
Oh, never I thought that Death could lay
His terrible hand in mine.
"Liebestod" by Dorothy Parker
The spring it came, with never a storm,
And nine times came and went,
Till its whole spirit with her form
In budding beauty blent.
"Cora" by Charles Harpur
Of course Ranjitsinhji
Was quite right not to be stingy,
But I never could quite see the relevance
Of his keeping nine thousand elephants.
"Clerihew – Ranjitsinhji" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley

In news:

There were nine prime holiday travel days last year.
Hundreds of cases are being reported in nine states.
Nine West offers 15 percent-off full priced items.
Say Goodbye To Nine Houston Post Offices.
Several months after the heartbreaking death of their nine-month-old son Jonathan, Amy and Peter Barzach, at the suggestion of a grief counselor, sought a meaningful way to honor their son's memory.
I work out eight to nine times a week.
They tried this nine years ago, and then, somehow, it worked.
New tour is a far cry from the first tours when Brantley rode with nine guys and two mattresses in one car.
Another week, another twist for the Columbia Basin Big Nine's fate.
Break Open ii-V's With This Nine-Note Scale.
NEW BREMEN — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and scored 17 runs for the second straight night in a 17-5 win over New Bremen in six innings on Friday night.
This time last year, more than nine months into the season, Novak Djokovic had lost all of two matches.
MIAMI (AP) — Elections officials in nine Florida counties are still tallying absentee ballots, - 1:45 pm.
OSWEGO— Chad Burridge poured in a game-high 27 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and was an unstoppable force as he led Oswego State to a 64-58 victory over Wells College Friday night in the first round of the Division III NCAA tournament.
JoliBurrow's nine looked like nothing when he took off, but it opened up down the line.
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In science:

Steiner claims in his paper that does not contain any proofs that nine of these are always real.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
We therefore have precisely nine inflection points and precisely twenty seven sextactic points on γ .
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Since then oscillations in an additional nine sources have been reported.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
All nine of the galaxies contained young compact star clusters.
The Formation of Star Clusters
To be absolutely certain that the approach to the stationary state does not influence our result, we take this average only over the last nine points, i.e., we average over all t ∈]106 , 107 ].
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
We now have a nine component polynomial vector.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
This illustration of the recommendation process of PHOAKS makes nine connections among people (each recommender is connected to each recipient and vice versa).
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Of the fourteen sources at a distance of greater than 1.5′ , nine are A sources.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
From (14), the largest eigenvalue λ1 of the covariance matrix C is about nine times larger than the second largest eigenvalue λ2 .
Probability Density Function of Kerr Effect Phase Noise
Instead, we used nine standards on CCD2 to determine the zeropoint in each band, and assumed the CCD2 color terms measured by the CTIO staff.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Notice that the filling of the Dd−1 × M10−d space by the chains does not occur due to a fractal behavior of the chain, as the links already possess the same dimensionality, nine, as the space Dd−1 × M10−d .
Black Holes, Space-Filling Chains and Random Walks
The optical to near infrared SEDs of the nine GRB afterglows are shown in Figure 1.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
We evaluated the rest frame visual extinction of the nine optical afterglows in our sample.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
We therefore exploit archival Chandra data for nine of the clusters (Table 5).
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
FIG. 2: A two dimensional lattice divided into super cells of nine sites.
New Real space method for calculation of physical properties of a disordered system
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