# Eight vs Tau - What's the difference?

eight | tau |

## As nouns the difference between eight and tau

is that eight is the digit/figure 8 or eight can be an island in a river; an ait while tau is lung.

## As a numeral eight

is (cardinal) a numerical value equal to ; the number occurring after seven and before nine.

# eight

## English

(wikipedia eight)

### Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), (m), from (etyl) .

#### Alternative forms

* * Western (Arabic) numerals: * (Roman numerals): VIII

#### Numeral

• (cardinal) A numerical value equal to ; the number occurring after seven and before nine.
• He works eight hours a day.
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• Jon & Kate Plus 8'' is a show based on two facts: 1)''' Jon and Kate Gosselin have '''eight''' children, and '''2)''' the word ‘Kate’ rhymes with the word ‘' eight ’. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
• Describing a set or group with eight components.
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#### Noun

(en noun)
• The digit/figure 8.
• (playing cards) Any of the four cards in a normal deck with the value eight.
• (nautical) A light, narrow rowing boat, especially one used in competitive rowing, steered by a cox, in which a eight rowers each have two oars
• (rowing, especially in plural) A race in which such craft participate
• ##### Derived terms
* eight ball * eighty * figure eight * number eight * piece of eight
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### Etymology 2

See ait.

#### Noun

(en noun)
• An island in a river; an ait.
• * Evelyn
• osiers on their eights
(Webster 1913)

# tau

## English

### Noun

(en noun)
• The name of the letter and Modern Greek, the twenty-first letter of Old and [[Ancient Greek, Ancient Greek.
• A -shaped sign or structure; a , sometimes considered as a sacred symbol.
• * 1658': Nor shall we take in the mysticall '''''Tau'' , or the Crosse of our blessed Saviour, which having in some descriptions an ''Empedon'' or crossing foot-stay, made not one single transversion. — Sir Thomas Browne, ''The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 168)
• A tau meson, now usually known as a kaon.
• (label) An unstable heavy lepton, which decays into a muon or electron; a tauon.
• (label) A type of protein used to stabilise microtubules.
• * 1999 , (Matt Ridley), Genome , Harper Perennial 2004, p. 263:
• Quite what that job is remains obscure, but one theory is that it is to stabilise another protein called tau , which is supposed in turn to keep in shape the tubular ‘skeleton’ of a neuron.
• A constant equal to twice the value of pi; often written .
• #### Coordinate terms

* (Greek letter) Previous: sigma. Next: upsilon

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