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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj six denoting a quantity consisting of six items or units
    • n six a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows six pips
    • n six the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Six Bells" Inn, Horley The "Six Bells" Inn, Horley
Six Mile Flume. Adirondack Mountains, New York Six Mile Flume. Adirondack Mountains, New York
A group of six boys and girls A group of six boys and girls
"Six." Shoshoni "Six." Shoshoni
The "Six Poor Travellers" The "Six Poor Travellers"
The "Six Poor Travellers" from the Rear The "Six Poor Travellers" from the Rear
A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories
Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families could have lived here Excavated foundation of a late 17th-century prototype of the Baltimore and Philadelphia row houses. Six families...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Marilyn Monroe had six toes
    • Six A symbol representing six units, as 6, vi., or VI.
    • a Six One more than five; twice three; as, six yards.
    • Six The number greater by a unit than five; the sum of three and three; six units or objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A yawn usually lasts for approximately six seconds
    • six One more than five; being twice three: a cardinal numeral.
    • n six The number greater by one than five; twice three. For the cabalistic significance of six, see seven.
    • n six A symbol representing this number, as 6, or VI, or vi.
    • n six In games: A playing-card bearing six spots or pips; a six-spot.
    • n six On a die, the face which bears six spots; hence, a die which turns up that face.
    • n six Beer sold at six shillings a barrel; hence, small beer.
    • n six plural Bonds bearing interest at six per cent.
    • n six plural In Eng. hymnology, a species of trochaic meter having six syllables to the line, and properly four lines to the stanza.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average adult has approximately six pounds of skin
    • adj., n Six siks five and one: a figure denoting six units (6, or vi.): a playing-card with six spots, the face of a die bearing six spots, or that die itself: beer sold at six shillings a barrel, small beer:
    • n Six the sixth part:
    • adj., n Six siks (pl.) in hymnology, a quatrain in trochaic measure, the lines of three feet or six syllables
    • n Six (mus.) an interval of four tones and a semitone, or six intervals
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  • Lewis Carroll
    “Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
  • John Wilmot
    John Wilmot
    “Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.”
  • Enid Bagnold
    “When a man goes through six years training to be a doctor he will never be the same. He knows too much.”
  • Isaac Asimov
    “When asked what he would do if he only had six months to live: Type faster.”
  • Proverb
    “Six feet of earth make all men equal.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who.”


All sixes - If something is all sixes, it doesn't matter how it's done; it's the same as 'six of one and half a dozen of the other'.
Six feet under - If someone is six feet under, they are dead.
Six of one and half-a-dozen of the other - This is an idiom used when there is little or no difference between two options.
Sixes and sevens - If something is all at sixes and sevens, then there is a lot of disagreement and confusion about what should be done.
Watch your six - (USA) This idiom means that you should look behind you for dangers coming that you can't see.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. six, seox, siex,; akin to OFries. sex, D. zes, OS. & OHG. sehs, G. sechs, Icel., Sw., & Dan. sex, Goth. saíhs, Lith. szeszi, Russ. sheste, Gael. & Ir. se, W. chwech, L. sex, Gr., Per. shesh, Skr. shash,. √304. Cf. Hexagon Hexameter Samite Senary Sextant Sice


In literature:

Five or six days would be required to get the old Squire home from Canada.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
If he is unable to stand on his feet it is well to turn him from side to side every six hours.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Six shots smashed a barricade which was six feet high by six feet thick.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
I had mine at half-past six.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Repeating six digits reversed 329 6.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
But first you must promise to stay as my guest for six months.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Master Manley and Mistress had six sons an' six darters.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
These meals are usually taken at six, ten, two, and six in the evening.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
He began with six hundred subscribers, and increased the list to eleven thousand in six weeks.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Six of these warriors belonged to the sultan and six to each governor.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Sow in rows fourteen inches apart, and thin to six inches apart in the rows.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
It was just striking six when they again climbed over the wall, and descended by the tree.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
Six miles off we passed Kamalbek, then six miles further the large village of Moshkianuh in ruins, with a few green trees near it.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
During the winter, six months before, a band of one hundred Sioux braves, their squaws and papooses camped six miles west of our home.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
My mother had six chilluns, four boys and two girls.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
In Seventeen Hundred Ninety-six, there was formed the Manchester Board of Health.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The third season the vines are kept to a single shoot and are pinched back when the canes reach a length of five or six feet.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
This bird is like the preceding; except in size; about thirty-six inches, instead of twenty-six inches in length as is the lesser variety.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Later the suffrage resolution was reported to the House and received six favorable votes.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Day before yesterday the wheat was only six or eight inches high.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones

In poetry:

"Tell me, thou bonny bird,
When shall I marry me?"
"When six braw gentlemen
Kirkward shall carry ye."
"Proud Maisie" by Sir Walter Scott
We are six hundred beefy men
(but mostly gas and suet)
An’ every year we meet to let
some other feller do it.'
"Song Of The Six Hundred M.P.'S" by Ezra Pound
Ther's mi chap, an misen, an' six childer,
Six o'th' roughest, aw think, under th' sun,
Aw'm sartin sometimes they'd bewilder
Old Joab, wol his patience wor done.
"What It Is To Be A Mother" by John Hartley
Not that the new found Spring is sour....
The blossom swings on the cherry branch,
From Wear to Thames I have seen this greenness
Cover the six-months-winter meanness.
"From Wear To Thames" by John Freeman
Good God! my wife is gone! my wife is gone astray!
The letter it says, "Good-bye, for I'm a-going away;
I've lived with you six months, John, and so far I've been true;
But I'm going away to-day with a handsomer man than you."
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton
Good God! my wife is gone! my wife is gone astray!
The letter it says, " Good-bye, for I'm a-going away;
I've lived with you six months, John, and so far I've been true;
But I'm going away to-day with a handsomer man than you."
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by Will McKendree Carleton

In news:

To the six aviators stranded on the Arctic ice, the future looked bleak but not hopeless.
Six Suitors Join Bristol-Myers in Considering a Bid for Amylin .
For 22 months before the Olympic Games, Gabrielle trained with Coach Chow six hours a day, six days a week in this gym.
Jessie Bluebird allowed one hit and struck out six in six-plus innings, and Megan Towie went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Tahlequah Sequoyah past Kellyville 5-1 on Thursday in the Class 3A state softball tournament.
Bayern Munich make it six wins from six games in Bundesliga.
Burl received a six-month suspended prison sentence and six months of inactive probation concurrent with each offense.
Produced by Ilona Six, Tom Six.
Six-foot-six Jamal Custis got up into the air and blocked the kick, leaving the Crusaders one point behind.
A holiday play in six acts and six states by Tim Long and Paul Sahre.
The 6,500-square-foot home features a walk-in film vault, six fireplaces and six bedrooms.
Students are accepted at all levels and no more than six are allowed in each of the classes, which meet from four to six hours a day (weekdays).
Most communities couldn't survive six natural disasters in six consecutive years, particularly if they destroyed hundreds of homes and cost hundreds of people their jobs.
The six women and six men reached unanimous decisions after deliberating for a little more than half a day.
Lance Armstrong shows six fingers representing his six consecutive Tour de France victories in 2004.
Six undecided voters in six key demographics in six battleground states.

In science:

The various near critical NS5-brane theories are distinct six dimensional theories but, upon compactification, all lie on the same moduli space.
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
The theory has the full SO(5, 1) six dimensional Lorentz invariance with gµν = ηµν .
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
West, “The Six-dimensional Self-dual Tensor,” Phys.
S-Duality from OM-Theory
Type IIB three-branes that wrap on vanishing two-spheres, corresponding to the roots of the ADE -type Lie algebra, are seen as tensionless strings in six dimensions.
A class of six-dimensional conformal field theories
For example, if we consider the AN −1 theory on a six-manifold M, we have ‘Wilson surface’ observables Wx (Σ), where x ∈ ZN and Σ is a two-cycle in M .
A class of six-dimensional conformal field theories
Sevrin, ‘Deformations of chiral two-forms in six dimensions’, Phys.
A class of six-dimensional conformal field theories
It is not clear how to characterize the “noncommutativity” (or whatever generalizes this notion) in the six dimensional theory.
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
Spectra for a system of six fermions on six orbitals with Sz = 0 as a function of total spin S .
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
To show that these composite fields are superconformal we now turn to a discussion of superconformal transformations in six dimensions.
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
P S Howe, G Sierra and P K Townsend (1983): Supersymmetry in six dimensions Nucl.
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
There it is proved that a strictly convex curve in the affine plane has at least six sextactic points.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
In particular, γ has at least six sextactic points that are global ly maximal or minimal.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
We proved in section three that γ has at least six sextactic points if it has no inflection points, i.e., if γ is strictly convex.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
The total number of inflection and sextactic points is at least six.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
From the first identity in (3.9) it follows, that the ten symmetrical components sab contains generally the six independent ones.
General exact solution of the Einstein-Dirac equations with the cosmological constant in homogeneous space