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]
5 a musical composition written for eight performers [syn: octette]
EtymologyFrom Latin octo, eight.
- Rhymes: -ɛt
Nounoctet (plural octets)
- defn English
- octett (rare), octette
group of eight
- German: Oktett
group of eight musicians performing together
composition for such a group
- Slovene: oktet
byte of eight bits See byte
rare: byte of three bits
Nounoctet m (plural octets)
- byte (of eight bits)
An octet is a group consisting of eight (8) elements. It has several specific meanings:
- Octet (music), a musical ensemble consisting of eight instruments.
- Octet (computing), a group of 8 bits, often referred to as a byte. Often used in networks and RFC request for Comment pages by the IETF Internet Engineering Task Force.
- Octet rule, a simple chemical theory that states that atoms tend to combine so they each have eight valence electrons.
- Another term for Contubernium, the smallest unit within a Roman legion, consisting of eight soldiers with two non-combatant "servants" (actually support troops) attached.
- Octet, as used by Buckminster Fuller, is a combination of the words Octahedron and Tetrahedron, the two Platonic solids that in Fuller's geometrical system filled all space, e.g., octet truss.
- In poetry, a stanza consisting of eight lines.
- Octet (Christensen), a ballet by William Christensen (1958)
- Octet (Martins), a ballet by Peter Martins (2003)
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
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