Definition of Fifth

1. Noun. A quantity of liquor equal to one fifth of a United States gallon.

Generic synonyms: United States Liquid Unit

2. Adjective. Coming next after the fourth and just before the sixth in position.
Exact synonyms: 5th
Similar to: Ordinal

3. Noun. Position five in a countable series of things. "He was fifth out of several hundred runners"
Generic synonyms: Rank

4. Noun. One part in five equal parts.

5. Noun. The musical interval between one note and another five notes away from it.
Generic synonyms: Interval, Musical Interval

Definition of Fifth

1. a. Next in order after the fourth; -- the ordinal of five.

2. n. The quotient of a unit divided by five; one of five equal parts; a fifth part.

Definition of Fifth

1. Proper noun. (chiefly US informal with ''the'') The Fifth Amendment. ¹

2. Proper noun. (chiefly US informal with ''the'' by extension) The right not to give self-incriminating testimony. ¹

3. Proper noun. (chiefly US) Fifth Avenue. ¹

4. Proper noun. (chiefly US) Fifth Street. ¹

5. Adjective. The ordinal form of the number five. ¹

6. Noun. The person or thing in the fifth position. ¹

7. Noun. One of five equal parts of a whole. ¹

8. Noun. The fifth gear of an engine. ¹

9. Noun. A quantity of liquor equal to one-fifth of a gallon, or, more commonly, 750 milliliters. ¹

10. Noun. The musical interval between one note and another five tones higher. ¹

11. Noun. The fifth voice in a polyphonic melody. ¹

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Definition of Fifth

1. one of five equal parts [n -S]

Medical Definition of Fifth

1. 1. Next in order after the fourth; the ordinal of five. 2. Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing. Fifth monarchy men, a fanatical sect in England, of the time of the commonwealth, who maintained that there would be a fifth universal monarchy, during which Christ would reign on earth a thousand years. Fifth wheel, a horizontal wheel or segment above the fore axle of a carriage and beneath the body, forming an extended support to prevent careening. Origin: OE. Fifte, fifthe, AS. Fifta. See Five. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fifth

fifteen hundred
fifteen minutes
fifteen minutes of fame
fifth (current term)
fifth column
fifth columnist
fifth cranial nerve
fifth cranial nerves
fifth disease
fifth finger
fifth freedom rights
fifth gear
fifth gears
fifth grade
fifth grades
fifth normal form
fifth part
fifth slip

Literary usage of Fifth

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1878)
"fifth, $1.25 Bur. Swett's Common School Readings Ban. ... Fourth and fifth combined, $1.20 Sker, "Webster's Elementary Reader, ..."

2. Annual Report by Correctional Association of New York (1870)
"TWENTY-fifth ANNUAL REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. ... This Association has now completed the twenty-fifth year of its existence and labors. ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, William Smith (1862)
"At his voice two crusades, the fourth and the fifth, were undertaken ; but, ... In the fifth,85 two hundred The fifth, thousand Franks were landed at the ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"According to a manuscript in his mother's hand, headed ' Age of my Children,' Robert, the fifth child, was born on 26 Aug. ..."

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