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9  10 →
Ordinal  9th(ninth)
Factorization  3
Cardinal  nine
Numeral system  nonary
Roman numeral  IX

9 (nine /ˈnn/) is the natural number following 8 and preceding 10.


Alphabets and codes

  • In the NATO phonetic alphabet, the digit 9 is called "Niner".
  • Five-digit produce PLU codes that begin with 9 are organic.
  • Commerce

  • Common terminal digit in psychological pricing.
  • Indian culture

    Nine is a number that appears often in Indian Culture and mythology. Some instances are enumerated below.

  • Nine influencers are attested in Indian astrology.
  • In the Vaisheshika branch of Hindu philosophy, there are nine universal substances or elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Ether, Time, Space, Soul, and Mind.
  • Navaratri is a nine-day festival dedicated to the nine forms of Durga.
  • Navaratna, meaning "9 jewels" may also refer to Navaratnas - accomplished courtiers, Navratan - a kind of dish, or a form of architecture.
  • According to Yoga, the human body has nine doors - two eyes, two ears, the mouth, two nostrils, and the openings for defecation and procreation.
  • In Indian aesthetics, there are nine kinds of Rasa.
  • Chinese culture

  • Nine ( pinyin jiǔ) is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word "long-lasting" ( pinyin jiǔ).
  • Nine is strongly associated with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power. There are nine forms of the dragon, it is described in terms of nine attributes, and it has nine children. It has 117 scales – 81 yang (masculine, heavenly) and 36 yin (feminine, earthly). All three numbers are multiples of 9 (9 × 13 = 117, 9 × 9 = 81, 9 × 4 = 36) as well as having the same digital root of 9.
  • The dragon often symbolizes the Emperor, and the number nine can be found in many ornaments in the Forbidden City.
  • The circular altar platform (Earthly Mount) of the Temple of Heaven has one circular marble plate in the center, surrounded by a ring of nine plates, then by a ring of 18 plates, and so on, for a total of nine rings, with the outermost having 81 = 9 × 9 plates.
  • The name of the area called Kowloon in Hong Kong literally means: nine dragons.
  • The nine-dotted line (Chinese: 南海九段线; pinyin: nánhǎi jiǔduàn xiàn; literally: "Nine-segment line of the South China Sea") delimits certain island claims by China in the South China Sea.
  • The nine-rank system was a civil service nomination system used during certain Chinese dynasties.
  • 9 Points of the Heart (Heal) / Heart Master (Immortality) Channels in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Ancient Egypt

  • The nine bows is a term used in Ancient Egypt to represent the traditional enemies of Egypt.
  • The Ennead is a group of 9 Egyptian deities, who, in the some versions of the Osiris myth, judged whether Horus or Set should inherit Egypt.
  • European culture

  • The Nine Worthies are nine historical, or semi-legendary figures who, in the Middle Ages, were believed to personify the ideals of chivalry.
  • In Norse mythology, the universe is divided into nine worlds which are all connected by the world tree Yggdrasil.
  • Greek mythology

  • The nine Muses in Greek mythology are Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (erotic poetry), Euterpe (lyric poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (song), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia (comedy), and Urania (astronomy).
  • It takes nine days (for an anvil) to fall from heaven to earth, and nine more to fall from earth to Tartarus—a place of torment in the underworld.
  • Leto labored for nine days and nine nights for Apollo, according to the Homeric Hymn to Delian Apollo.
  • Evolution of the glyph

    According to Georges Ifrah, the origin of the 9 integers can be attributed to the ancient Indian civilization, and was adopted by subsequent civilizations in conjunction with the 0.

    In the beginning, various Indians wrote 9 similar to the modern closing question mark without the bottom dot. The Kshatrapa, 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 and enclose the 3-look-alike, in much the same way that the @ character encircles a lowercase a. As time went on, the enclosing circle became bigger and its line continued beyond the circle downwards, as 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 subsequent European change was purely cosmetic.

    While the shape of the 9 character has an ascender in most modern typefaces, in typefaces with text figures the character usually has a descender, as, for example, in .

    This numeral resembles an inverted 6. To disambiguate the two on objects and documents that can be inverted, the 9 is often underlined, as is done for the 6. Another distinction from the 6 is that it is sometimes handwritten with a straight stem, resembling a raised lower-case letter q.

  • "to go the whole nine yards-"
  • "A cat-o'-nine-tails suggests perfect punishment and atonement." --Robert Ripley.
  • "A cat has nine lives"
  • "to be on cloud nine"
  • "A stitch in time saves nine"
  • "found true 9 out of 10 times"
  • "possession is nine tenths of the law"
  • The word "K-9" pronounces the same as canine and is used in many U.S. police departments to denote the police dog unit. Despite not sounding like the translation of the word canine in other languages, many police and military units around the world use the same designation.
  • Someone dressed "to the nines" is dressed up as much as they can be.
  • In North American urban culture, "nine" is a slang word for a 9mm pistol or homicide, the latter from the Illinois Criminal Code for homicide.
  • Internet

  • The 9 on Yahoo!, hosted by Maria Sansone, was a daily video compilation show, or vlog, on Yahoo! featuring the nine top "web finds" of the day.
  • Literature

  • There are nine circles of Hell in Dante's Divine Comedy.
  • The Nine Bright Shiners, characters in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy. The Nine Bright Shiners was a 1930s book of poems by Anne Ridler and a 1988 fiction book by Anthea Fraser; the name derives from "a very curious old semi-pagan, semi-Christian" song.
  • The Nine Tailors is a 1934 mystery novel by British writer Dorothy L. Sayers, her ninth featuring sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey.
  • Nine Unknown Men are, in occult legend, the custodians of the sciences of the world since ancient times.
  • In J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, there are nine rings of power given to men, and consequently, nine ringwraiths.
  • Additionally, The Fellowship of the Ring consists of nine companions, representing the free races and also as a positive mirror of the nine ring wraiths.
  • In Lorien Legacies there are nine Garde sent to Earth.
  • Number Nine is a character in Lorien Legacies.
  • In the A Song of Ice and Fire series, there are nine regions of Westeros (the Crownlands, the North, the Riverlands, the Westerlands, the Reach, the Stormlands, the Vale of Arryn, the Iron Islands and Dorne).
  • Additionally, there is a group of nine city-states in western Essos known collectively as the Free Cities (Braavos, Lorath, Lys, Myr, Norvos, Pentos, Qohor, Tyrosh and Volantis).
  • Mathematics

    Nine is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1 and 3. It is 3 times 3 and hence the third square number. Nine is a Motzkin number. It is the first composite lucky number, along with the first composite odd number.

    9 is the only positive perfect power that is one more than another positive perfect power, by Mihăilescu's Theorem.

    Nine is the highest single-digit number in the decimal system. It is the second non-unitary square prime of the form (p2) and the first that is odd. All subsequent squares of this form are odd. It has a unique aliquot sum 4 which is itself a square prime. Nine is; and can be, the only square prime with an aliquot sum of the same form. The aliquot sequence of nine has 5 members (9,4,3,1,0) this number being the second composite member of the 3-aliquot tree. It is the aliquot sum of only one number the discrete semiprime 15.

    There are nine Heegner numbers.

    Since 9 = 321, 9 is an exponential factorial.

    8 and 9 form a Ruth-Aaron pair under the second definition that counts repeated prime factors as often as they occur.

    In bases 12, 18 and 24, nine is a 1-automorphic number and in base 6 a 2-automorphic number (displayed as '13').

    A polygon with nine sides is called a nonagon or enneagon. A group of nine of anything is called an ennead.

    In base 10 a positive number is divisible by nine if and only if its digital root is 9. That is, if any natural number is multiplied by nine, and repeatedly add the digits of the answer until it is just one digit, the sum will be nine:

  • 2 × 9 = 18 (1 + 8 = 9)
  • 3 × 9 = 27 (2 + 7 = 9)
  • 9 × 9 = 81 (8 + 1 = 9)
  • 121 × 9 = 1089 (1 + 0 + 8 + 9 = 18; 1 + 8 = 9)
  • 234 × 9 = 2106 (2 + 1 + 0 + 6 = 9)
  • 578329 × 9 = 5204961 (5 + 2 + 0 + 4 + 9 + 6 + 1 = 27; 2 + 7 = 9)
  • 482729235601 × 9 = 4344563120409 (4 + 3 + 4 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 0 + 4 + 0 + 9 = 45; 4 + 5 = 9)
  • There are other interesting patterns involving multiples of nine:

  • 12345679 × 9 = 111111111
  • 12345679 × 18 = 222222222
  • 12345679 × 81 = 999999999
  • This works for all the multiples of 9. n = 3 is the only other n > 1 such that a number is divisible by n if and only if its digital root is n. In base N, the divisors of N − 1 have this property. Another consequence of 9 being 10 − 1, is that it is also a Kaprekar number.

    The difference between a base-10 positive integer and the sum of its digits is a whole multiple of nine. Examples:

  • The sum of the digits of 41 is 5, and 41 − 5 = 36. The digital root of 36 is 3 + 6 = 9, which, as explained above, demonstrates that it is divisible by nine.
  • The sum of the digits of 35967930 is 3 + 5 + 9 + 6 + 7 + 9 + 3 + 0 = 42, and 35967930 − 42 = 35967888. The digital root of 35967888 is 3 + 5 + 9 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 54, 5 + 4 = 9.
  • Subtracting two base-10 positive integers that are transpositions of each other yields a number that is a whole multiple of nine. Examples:

  • 41 − 14 = 27 (2 + 7 = 9)
  • 36957930 − 35967930 = 990000, a multiple of nine.
  • This works regardless of the number of digits that are transposed. For example, the largest transposition of 35967930 is 99765330 (all digits in descending order) and its smallest transposition is 03356799 (all digits in ascending order); subtracting pairs of these numbers produces:

  • 99765330 − 35967930 = 63797400; 6 + 3 + 7 + 9 + 7 + 4 + 0 + 0 = 36; 3 + 6 = 9.
  • 99765330 − 03356799 = 96408531; 9 + 6 + 4 + 0 + 8 + 5 + 3 + 1 = 36; 3 + 6 = 9.
  • 35967930 − 03356799 = 32611131; 3 + 2 + 6 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 3 + 1 = 18; 1 + 8 = 9.
  • Casting out nines is a quick way of testing the calculations of sums, differences, products, and quotients of integers, known as long ago as the 12th Century.

    Every prime in a Cunningham chain of the first kind with a length of 4 or greater is congruent to 9 mod 10 (the only exception being the chain 2, 5, 11, 23, 47).

    Six recurring nines appear in the decimal places 762 through 767 of π, see Six nines in pi.

    If an odd perfect number is of the form 36k + 9, it has at least nine distinct prime factors.

    If dividing a number by the amount of 9s corresponding to its number of digits, the number is turned into a repeating decimal. (e.g. 274/999 = 0.274274274274...)

    It appears in the Padovan sequence, preceded by the terms 4, 5, 7 (it is the sum of the first two of these).

    Nine is the binary complement of number six:

    9 = 10016 = 0110


    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). A 100% probability is considered to be impossible in most circumstances: that results in infinite improbability. The effectivity of processes and the availability of systems can be expressed (as a rule of thumb, not explicitly) as a series of "nines". For example, "five nines" (99.999%) availability implies a total downtime of no more than five minutes per year − typically a very high degree of reliability; but never 100%.


  • Divine Nine—The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities.
  • Places and thoroughfares

  • List of highways numbered 9
  • Ninth Avenue is a major avenue in Manhattan.
  • Outside the Norwegian coast, east of the Barents sea number 9, in a 260 meters depth.
  • Religion and philosophy

  • Nine, as the highest single-digit number (in base ten), symbolizes completeness in the Bahá'í Faith. In addition, the word Bahá' in the Abjad notation has a value of 9, and a 9-pointed star is used to symbolize the religion.
  • The number 9 is revered in Hinduism and considered a complete, perfected and divine number because it represents the end of a cycle in the decimal system, which originated from the Indian subcontinent as early as 3000 BC.
  • In Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, was believed to have nine virtues, which he was (1) Accomplished, (2) Perfectly Enlightened, (3) Endowed with knowledge and Conduct or Practice, (4) Well-gone or Well-spoken, (5) the Knower of worlds, (6) the Guide Unsurpassed of men to be tamed, (7) the Teacher of gods and men, (8) Enlightened, and (9) Blessed.
  • Important Buddhist rituals usually involve nine monks.
  • The first nine days of the Hebrew month of Av are collectively known as "The Nine Days" (Tisha HaYamim), and are a period of semi-mourning leading up to Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Av on which both Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed.
  • Nine is a significant number in Norse Mythology. Odin hung himself on an ash tree for nine days to learn the runes.
  • The Fourth Way Enneagram is one system of knowledge which shows the correspondence between the 9 integers and the circle.
  • In the Christian angelic hierarchy there are 9 choirs of angels.
  • Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
  • Astronomy

  • Before 2006 (when Pluto was officially designated as a non-planet), there were nine planets in the solar system.
  • Messier object M9 is a magnitude 9.0 globular cluster in the constellation Ophiuchus.
  • The New General Catalogue object NGC 9, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus
  • The Saros number of the lunar eclipse series which began on June 26, 2501 BC and ended on September 5, 1167 BC. The duration of Saros series 9 was 1334.23 years, and it contained 75 lunar eclipses.
  • The Saros number of the solar eclipse series which began on February 6, 2568 BC and ended on April 4, 1252 BC. The duration of Saros series 9 was 1316.2 years, and it contained 74 solar eclipses.
  • Chemistry

  • The purity of chemicals (see Nine (purity))
  • Nine is the atomic number of fluorine.
  • Physiology

    A human pregnancy normally lasts nine months, the basis of Naegele's rule.

    Auto racing

  • A car in the Sprint Cup Series currently owned by Richard Petty Motorsports. The number was most notably borne by the car that Bill Elliott drove to the Cup Series title in 1988 with Melling Racing. Evernham Motorsports, the predecessor team to Richard Petty Motorsports, acquired the number in 2001 when Elliott joined that team after a brief stint as a driver-owner. Elliott used this number again through the 2003 season. Kasey Kahne has driven the 9 car since 2004. Currently, the 9 car is not used in NASCAR.
  • In Formula One the number 9 is used by Marcus Ericsson for Sauber.
  • Baseball

  • In baseball, nine represents the right fielder's position.
  • The number of innings in a regulation, non-tied game of baseball.
  • The number of players on the field including the pitcher.
  • The number worn by Roy Hobbs in the movie The Natural.
  • The score of a forfeit in a league where the game would ordinarily last nine innings is 9-0.
  • NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, published by the University of Nebraska Press
  • Billiards

  • Nine-ball is the standard professional pocket billiards variant played in the United States.
  • Rugby

  • In rugby league, the jersey number assigned to the hooker.
  • In rugby union, the number worn by the starting scrum-half.
  • Soccer

  • In association football (soccer) the centre-forward/striker traditionally (since at least the fifties) wears the number 9 shirt.
  • All sports

    The jersey number 9 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats (or in one case, an owner):

  • In Major League Baseball:
  • The Boston Red Sox, for Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
  • The Chicago White Sox, for Minnie Miñoso.
  • The New York Yankees, for Roger Maris.
  • The Oakland Athletics, for Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates, for Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals, for Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter.
  • In the NBA:
  • The Atlanta Hawks, for Hall of Famer Bob Pettit.
  • The Phoenix Suns, for Dan Majerle.
  • The Utah Jazz, for owner Larry Miller.
  • In the NHL:
  • The Boston Bruins, for Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk.
  • The Calgary Flames, for Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks, for Hall of Famer Bobby Hull.
  • The Dallas Stars, for Mike Modano.
  • The Detroit Red Wings, for Hall of Famer Gordie Howe.
  • The Edmonton Oilers, for Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson.
  • The Montreal Canadiens, for Hall of Famer Maurice Richard.
  • The New York Islanders, for Hall of Famer Clark Gillies.
  • The New York Rangers, for Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate and Adam Graves.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have a policy of not retiring numbers unless the player honoured either died or suffered a career-ending incident while a member of the team. Other players whose numbers would otherwise be retired instead have their numbers enshrined by the team as "Honoured Numbers", which remain in circulation for future players. The number 9 is currently honoured for Hall of Famers Ted Kennedy and Charlie Conacher.
  • The first NHL incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets, also for Hull. Although the Jets moved from Winnipeg to become the Phoenix Coyotes, the Coyotes continue to honor all numbers retired by the Jets. The Coyotes briefly took the number out of retirement for Hull's son Brett Hull, also a Hall of Famer, in 2005–06 until the younger Hull retired five games into that season. The current Winnipeg Jets have yet to officially retire any numbers, but Evander Kane received Bobby Hull's blessing to wear the number.
  • No NFL team has yet retired #9.
  • Technology

  • 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.
  • The seven-segment display allows the number 9 to be constructed two ways, either with a hook at the end of its stem or without one. Most LCD calculators use the former, but some VFD models use the latter.
  • The9 Limited (owner of is a company in the video-game industry, including former ties to the extremely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft
  • Music

  • Revolution 9, a sound collage which appears on The Beatles' eponymous 1968 album, prominently features the loop of a man's voice repeating the phrase, "Number nine."
  • 9 semitones in a Major 6th interval in music.
  • Other fields

  • Nine justices sit on the United States Supreme Court.
  • Stanines, a method of scaling test scores, range from 1 to 9.
  • 9 square feet in a square yard.
  • References

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