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Definitions of fives

  1. a game resembling handball; played on a court with a front wall and two side walls Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. A kind of play with a ball against a wall, resembling tennis; - so named because three fives, or fifteen, are counted to the game. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. But less correctly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. A disease of the glands under the ear in horses; the vives. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A kind of play with a ball, originally called hand-tennis; so named probably from its being usually played with five on each side, although others give different explanations, as that it is so called because the ball is struck with the hand or five fingers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A disease of horses, resembling the strangles. Written also VIVES. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A game with a ball against the side of a building, similar to tennis; a disease of horses resembling the strangles. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for fives

  1. I explained that I must have paid out two hundred tens instead of fives – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  2. But there shell, instead of round shot, met them, and men tasted death by fives and tens. – Aladdin O'Brien by Gouverneur Morris
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