(cardinal) A numerical value equal to ; the number occurring after eight and before ten.
Describing a set or group with nine components.
- A cat has nine lives.
The digit or figure .
(card games) A playing card with nine pips.
(weaponry) A nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol.
(computing, engineering, usually in plural) A statistical unit of proportion (of reliability, purity, etc.).
(label) A baseball club, a baseball team (composed of nine players).
* 1877, Chicago Times, July 8, 1877:
- They guaranteed that our Web site would have 99.99% uptime, or four nines .
[Peter Morris, ]
A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball,
15.1.3 Rain Checks,
*:The St. Louis club is the only nine in the league which gives its patrons the right to see a full game or no pay.
* (Roman numerals): (l)
* Previous : eight ()
* Next : ten ()
* cloud nine
* dressed to the nines
* on cloud nine
* the whole nine yards
From (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch noen, obsolete German Non, Norwegian non.
(obsolete) The ninth hour of the day counted from sunrise; around three o'clock in the afternoon.
Time of day when the sun is in its zenith; twelve o'clock in the day, midday.
(obsolete) The corresponding time in the middle of the night; midnight.
* 1885', When night was at its '''noon I heard a voice chanting the Koran in sweetest accents — Sir Richard Burton, ''The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night , Night 17:
(figurative) The highest point; culmination.
- In the very noon of that brilliant life which was destined to be so soon, and so fatally, overshadowed.
* (middle of the night) midnight
To relax or sleep around midday
* 1906 , (Andy Adams), The Double Trail
*:Well, we crossed and nooned , lying around on purpose to give them a good lead, and when we hit the trail back in these sand-hills, there he was, not a mile ahead, and you can see there was no chance to get around.
* 1889 , (Mark Twain), (w, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)
*:Between six and nine we made ten miles, which was plenty for a horse carrying triple—man, woman, and armor; then we stopped for a long nooning under some trees by a limpid brook.
* 1853 , (Theodore Winthrop), The Canoe and the Saddle
*:We presently turned just aside from the trail into an episode of beautiful prairie, one of a succession along the plateau at the crest of the range. At this height of about five thousand feet, the snows remain until June. In this fair, oval, forest-circled prairie of my nooning , the grass was long and succulent, as if it grew in the bed of a drained lake.
The letter in the Arabic script.