AskDefine | Define octet

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1 the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one [syn: eight, 8, VIII, eighter, eighter from Decatur, octad, ogdoad, octonary]
2 eight performers or singers who perform together [syn: octette]
3 a set of eight similar things considered as a unit [syn: octette]
4 eight people considered as a unit [syn: octette, eightsome]
5 a musical composition written for eight performers [syn: octette]

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From Latin octo, eight.



octet (plural octets)
  1. defn English

Alternative spellings

  • octett (rare), octette
  • A group or set of eight of something.
  • A group of eight musicians performing together.
    An octet of waiters sang her "Happy Birthday".
  • A composition for such a group of musicians.
  • A byte of eight bits. Abbreviation: o
  • (rare) A byte of three bits.


Derived terms

Related terms


group of eight
group of eight musicians performing together
composition for such a group
byte of eight bits See byte
rare: byte of three bits




octet m (plural octets)
  1. byte (of eight bits)

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

An octet is a group consisting of eight (8) elements. It has several specific meanings:
octet in Arabic: ثماني (موسيقى)
octet in German: Oktett
octet in French: Octet (homonymie)
octet in Croatian: Oktet (razdvojba)
octet in Italian: Ottetto
octet in Hebrew: אוקטט
octet in Latvian: Oktets
octet in Hungarian: Oktett
octet in Japanese: オクテット
octet in Russian: Октет
octet in Slovak: Oktet
octet in Finnish: Oktetti
octet in Swedish: Oktett

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Octateuch, Spenserian stanza, antistrophe, beta particle, bipartisanship, book, burden, canto, cathode particle, chorus, coaction, coadjuvancy, coadministration, coagency, cochairmanship, codirectorship, collaboration, collaborativeness, collectivism, collusion, commensalism, common effort, common enterprise, communalism, communism, communitarianism, community, complicity, concert, concord, concordance, concurrence, cooperation, cooperativeness, couplet, distich, duet, duettino, duo, duumvirate, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, eight, eighter from Decatur, electron, electron affinity, electron cloud, electron pair, electron shells, electron spin, electron transfer, electron-positron pair, energy level, ensemble music, ensemble singing, envoi, epode, esprit, esprit de corps, excited state, extranuclear electrons, fellow feeling, fellowship, ground state, harmony, heptastich, hexastich, joining of forces, joint effort, joint operation, line, lone pair, mass action, measure, monostich, morale, mutual assistance, mutualism, mutuality, negatron, octad, octagon, octahedron, octameter, octastich, octastyle, octave, octavo, octonary, octosyllable, ogdoad, orbital electron, ottava rima, part music, part singing, part song, pentastich, photoelectron, polyphonic music, pooling, pooling of resources, pulling together, quartet, quatrain, quintet, reciprocity, recoil electron, refrain, rhyme royal, secondary electron, septet, septuor, sestet, sextet, shared pair, solidarity, stanza, stave, strain, strophe, subvalent electrons, surface-bound electron, syllable, symbiosis, synergism, synergy, team spirit, teamwork, tercet, terza rima, terzet, terzetto, tetrastich, thermion, trio, triplet, tristich, triumvirate, troika, united action, utas, valence electrons, valence shell, verse, wandering electron
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