Ferris has skipped school Nine Times in one semester, which is a lot. If you're on cloud nine you're very happy. Cats have a reputation for resilience, and are said to have nine lives. Dressed to the nines is elaborately dressed. The whole nine yards is all the way. There are nine players on a baseball team, nine mythological Muses, and nine circles of hell in The Divine Comedy. Times can mean an era, as in medieval times or modern times, or a period in your life, like hard times or good times. It can mean multiplication, as in nine times six. The Times is a venerable London-based newspaper. Times Square is a major commercial area in New York City.