Meaning of thirty-eight

thir•ty-eight

Pronunciation: (thûr'tē-āt'), [key]
— n.
  1. a cardinal number, 30 plus 8.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 38 or XXXVIII.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
—adj.
  1. amounting to 38 in number.

38

Pronunciation: (thûr'tē-āt'), [key]
— pl. 38s, 38's.
  1. a pistol or revolver using a cartridge approximately .38 inch in diameter.
  2. the cartridge itself.
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