|Unicode symbol(s)||Ⅸ, ⅸ|
玖 (formal writing)
|Hebrew numeral||ט (Tet)|
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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.
- Nine Lives cat food; its name is derived from the legend that a cat has nine lives
- Nine Network a.k.a. Channel 9, an Australian free-to-air television station
- Nine West, a clothing brand 
Culture and mythology 
Chinese culture 
- Nine (九 pinyin jiǔ) is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word "longlasting" (久 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 adding up individually to 9 (1+1+7=9, 8+1=9, 3+6=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 nine-rank system was a civil service nomination system used during certain Chinese dynasties.
Ancient Egypt 
- The nine bows is a term used in Ancient Egypt to represent the traditional enemies of 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
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.
Japanese culture 
- The Japanese consider nine to be unlucky because in Japanese the word for nine sounds similar to the word for "pain" or "distress" (苦, ku).
Evolution of the glyph 
In the beginning, various Indians wrote 9 similar to the modern closing question mark without the bottom dot. 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 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.
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 often handwritten with a straight stem.
Idioms and popular phrases 
"A stitch in time saves Nine"
- 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 urban culture, "nine" is a slang word for a 9mm pistol or homicide, the latter from the Illinois Criminal Code for homicide.
- 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.
- 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 ringwraiths
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.
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.
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').
In base 10 a number is divisible by nine if and only if its digital root is 9. That is, if you multiply nine by any natural number, and repeatedly add the digits of the answer until it is 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)
- 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 x 9 = 111111111
- 12345679 x 18 = 222222222
- 12345679 x 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.
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).
If you divide 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...)
Nine is the binary complement of number six:
9 = 1001 6 = 0110
List of basic calculations 
Numeral systems 
|over 9 (decimal, hexadecimal)||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). 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 
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.
- 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.
- 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 -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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture published by the University of Nebraska Press
- In rugby league, the jersey number assigned to the hooker.
- In rugby union, the number worn by the starting scrum-half.
- 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:
- 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 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.
- 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 the9.com) is a company in the video-game game industry, including former ties to the extremely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft
Other fields 
- Nine justices sit on the United States Supreme Court.
- Stanines, a method of scaling test scores, range from 1 to 9.
See also 
- Nine West http://www.ninewest.com/
- Donald Alexander Mackenzie (2005). Myths of China And Japan. Kessinger. ISBN 1-4179-6429-4.
- Georges Ifrah (1985). From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers. Viking. ISBN 0-670-37395-8.
- Jane Dowson (1996). Women's Poetry of the 1930s: A Critical Anthology. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-13095-6.
- Anthea Fraser (1988). The Nine Bright Shiners. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-24323-5.
- Charles Herbert Malden (1905). Recollections of an Eton Colleger, 1898-1902. Spottiswoode.
- Bryan Bunch, The Kingdom of Infinite Number. New York: W. H. Freeman & Company (2000): 93
- Robert Dixon, Mathographics. New York: Courier Dover Publications: 24
- Martin Gardner, A Gardner's Workout: Training the Mind and Entertaining the Spirit. New York: A. K. Peters (2001): 155
- Cajori, Florian (1991, 5e) A History of Mathematics, AMS. ISBN 0-8218-2102-4. p.91
- Eyob Delele Yirdaw, "Proving Touchard's Theorem from Euler's Form" ArXiv preprint.
- "Web site for NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture". Retrieved 20 February 2013.
Further reading 
- Cecil Balmond, "Number 9, the search for the sigma code" 1998, Prestel 2008, ISBN 3-7913-1933-7, ISBN 978-3-7913-1933-9