#### Answer

$-8.5\lt x \lt8.5$

#### Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$
To solve the given inequality, $
|x|\lt8.5
,$ use the definition of absolute value inequality. Then use the properties of inequality to isolate the variable. Finally, graph the solution set.
In the graph, a hollowed dot is used for $\lt$ or $\gt.$ A solid dot is used for $\le$ or $\ge.$
$\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$
Since for any $c\gt0$, $|x|\lt c$ implies $-c\lt x\lt c$ (or $|x|\le c$ implies $-c\le x\le c$), the inequality above is equivalent to
\begin{array}{l}\require{cancel}
-8.5\lt x \lt8.5
.\end{array}
Hence, the solution set is $
-8.5\lt x \lt8.5
.$