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| Cardinal: five|
Latinate ordinal: quintary, quinary
Adverbial: five times
Latinate multiplier: quintuple
Multiuse collective: quintuplet, pentuplet
Greek or Latinate collective: pentad
Greek collective prefix: penta-
Latinate collective prefix: quinque-
Latinate fractional prefix: quintant-
Elemental: quintuplet, pentuplet
Greek prefix: pempto-
Number of musicians: quintet
Number of years: quinquennium, lustrum
- fift (obsolete)
From Middle English fifthe, fifte, fift, from Old English fīfta (“fifth”), from Proto-Germanic *fimftô (“fifth”) or *femftô, equivalent to five + -th. Cognate with Scots fift, fyft (“fifth”), North Frisian fyfde (“fifth”), West Frisian fyfde (“fifth”), Dutch vijfde (“fifth”), Low German fifte, föfte, füfte (“fifth”), German fünfte (“fifth”), Danish femte (“fifth”), Swedish femte (“fifth”), Icelandic fimmta (“fifth”).
- (UK, US, standard) enPR: fĭfth, IPA(key): /fɪfθ/
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- Rhymes: -ɪfθ
- (UK, US, informal or dialectal) enPR: fĭth, IPA(key): /fɪθ/
- Rhymes: -ɪθ
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- (UK, US, dialectal) enPR: fĭft, IPA(key): /fɪft/
- Rhymes: -ɪft
fifth (not comparable)
- The ordinal form of the number five.
fifth (plural fifths)
- The person or thing in the fifth position.
- One of five equal parts of a whole.
- The fifth gear of an engine.
- A quantity of liquor equal to one-fifth of a gallon, or, more commonly, 750 milliliters (that is, three quarters of a liter).
- (music) The musical interval between one note and another five scale degrees higher (the fifth note in a scale)
- The fifth voice in a polyphonic melody.
- (one of five equal parts): ⅕
- (music) To sing in the fifth voice in a polyphonic melody.
- 1996, Music in Early English Religious Drama: Minstrels playing, page 510:
- Another extension of strict organum is 'fifthing'. Fifthing is a note-against- note method of creating a two-part texture by improvising a second voice over the given tune, starting and ending each musical phrase at the octave and proceeding mainly in fifths above the tune at others times.
- 1978, Discant and the Theory of Fifthing:
- Each of these three groups contributes some special insight into the nature of fifthing and the context in which it was practiced.
- (transitive) To support something fifth, after four others have already done so.
- 2017, Critics Pick the TV Shows That Get Mental Health Right — IndieWire Survey:
- Though seconding (or fifthing) the praise for “BoJack Horseman” and “In Treatment,” I think I’ll use the majority of my space to discuss “You’re the Worst.”
- (transitive, nonstandard) To divide by five.
- 2006, Mathematics for Dyslexics: Including Dyscalculia, page 188:
- 3/5 has been through fifthing. 2/3 has been through thirding. Therefore, 3/5 now needs thirding and 2/3 needs fifthing