|Divisors||1, 3, 9|
|prefixes||ennea- (from Greek)|
|Chinese numeral||九 |
玖 (formal writing)
|Eastern Arabic-Indic (Persian and Urdu) numeral||۹|
|Hebrew numeral||ט (Tet)|
|Indian (Hindi/Devanagari) numeral||९|
|Japanese numeral||九 |
玖 (formal writing)
|Unicode representation of Roman numeral||Ⅸ, ⅸ|
In base 10 a number is evenly divisible by nine if and only if the iterative sum of its digits reduces to 9. A simple way of saying this is that if you multiply nine by any whole number, and repeatedly add the digits of the answer until it's just one digit, you will end up with nine:
- 2*9=18 (1+8=9)
- 3*9=27 (2+7=9)
- 9*9=81 (8+1=9)
- 234*9=2106 (2+1+0+6=9)
- 578329*9=5204961 (5+2+0+4+9+6+1=27 (2+7=9))
In probability, the nine is a logarithmic measure of probability of an event, defined as the negative of the base-10 logarithm of the probability of the event's complement. For example, an event that is 99% likely to occur has an unlikelihood of 1% or 0.01, which amounts to −log10 0.01 = 2 nines of probability. Zero probability gives zero nines (−log10 1 = 0). The purity of chemicals, the effectivity of processes, the availability of systems etc. can similarly be expressed in nines. For example, "five nines" (99.999%) availability implies a total downtime of no more than five minutes per year. This measure can be confusing, a fact which is discussed in The Myth of the Nines.
In numeral systems
|over 9 (decimal, hexadecimal)||9|
The Arabic glyph
In the beginning, various Indians wrote 9 in a way that pretty much looks like our modern closing question mark, but dotless. The Kshtrapa, Andhra and Gupta started curving the bottom vertical line coming up with a 3-look-alike. The Nagari continued the bottom stroke to make a circle to enclose the 3-look-alike, in much the same way that the @ character encircles a lowercase a. (The Nagari glyph might remind some of the Baskin Robbins 31 flavors logo). As time went on, the enclosing circle became bigger and its line continued beyond the circle downwards, and the 3-look-alike became smaller. Soon, all that was left of the 3-look-alike was a squiggle. The Arabs simply connected that squiggle to the downward stroke at the middle, and all the Europeans did to the glyph was purely cosmetic.
As lucky or unlucky number
- The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on -2568 February 6 and ended on -1252 April 4. The duration of Saros series 9 was 1316.2 years, and it contained 74 solar eclipses.
- The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on -2501 June 26 and ended on -1149 September 16. The duration of Saros series 9 was 1352.2 years, and it contained 76 lunar eclipses.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, and Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote nine symphonies. After Beethoven died leaving his Tenth Symphony unfinished, many composers were superstitious about writing Ninth Symphonies for the rest of the nineteenth century. Gustav Mahler tried to "cheat death" by writing an orchestral song cycle entitled Das Lied von der Erde instead of an instrumental Ninth Symphony. Afterwards he wrote a work called Ninth Symphony, but thought of it as his Tenth. He died with his Tenth (or, strictly and in his mind, his Eleventh) unfinished. Perhaps Antonín Dvořák was also superstitious about the number nine, because he wrote no symphonies after his New World Symphony, which is nowadays considered his Ninth, but which he thought of was his Eighth because he considered the score of his early C minor Symphony lost forever. He lived for seven more years. In the twentieth century, a handful of composers, such as Dmitri Shostakovich, have written a Ninth Symphony and lived to write more.
Nine is the number of Valkyries in Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.
In pop music, the song "Love Potion #9" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (who also wrote "Riot in Cell Block #9"), and became a hit for The Searchers in 1965. The Beatles released a song called "Revolution 9" which appears on The White Album (more properly known as The Beatles); its principle vocal feature is a voice repeating, "Number nine...number nine...number nine..." John Lennon, the primary composer of "Revolution 9", also released a solo recording entitled "#9 Dream", leading his biographer to speculate that he had an obsession with the number.
- A batting lineup in baseball consists of nine players.
- In chess, the maximum number of queens one side could possibly have after queening all pawns.
- Nine ball is the standard professional billiards variant played in the United States
- In rugby union the scrum-half wears the 9 shirt.
- In baseball, nine represents the right fielder's position.
- ISO 9 is the ISO's standard for the transliteration of Cyrillic characters into Latin characters
- In the Rich Text Format specification, 9 is the language code for the English language. All codes for regional variants of English are congruent to 9 mod 256.
- On most phones, the 9 key is associated with the letters W, X, and Y (and sometimes also Z), but on the BlackBerry it is the key for M.
- In Mac OS X, the F9 function key tiles all open windows and sizes them to fit together.
- The number of minutes some alarm clocks give you after you press the snooze button.
In other fields
- Nine is the highest single-digit number in the decimal system. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, the digit 9 is called "niner".
- Nine is the number of musicians in a nonet.
- Nine babies born into a single birth are called nonuplets, although not one baby born into a set of nonuplets has ever survived infancy.
- A novena lasts for nine days.
- Nine judges sit on the United States Supreme Court.
- There are nine members of The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings saga, to balance and combat the nine Nazgûl, or Ringwraiths.
- The ordinal adjective is nonary.
- In Greek mythology there are nine Muses.
- In Egyptian mythology, there are nine major gods and goddesses (see also Ennead).
- There are nine basic personality types represented on the enneagram.
- In astrology, Sagittarius is the 9th astrological sign of the Zodiac.
- Joel Garreau identified nine different "nations" of North America.
- Nine months is the gestation period for humans.
- A standard work day of 9 to 5 begins at 9 a.m.
- Stanines are measured on a scale of 1 to 9.
- The name of the area called Kowloon in Hong Kong literally means: nine dragons.
- Someone dressed "to the nines" is dressed up as much as they can be.
- Nine Lives Cat Food got its name from the legend that a cat has nine lives.
- Nine rank system
- The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art
- Nine Worthies