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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cardinal number equal to 3 + 1.
  • n. The fourth in a set or sequence.
  • n. Something having four parts, units, or members, such as a musical quartet or a four-cylinder engine.
  • idiom all fours All four limbs of an animal or person: a baby crawling on all fours.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A numerical value equal to 4; the number after three and before five; two plus two. This many dots (••••)
  • n. Describing a set or group with four components.
  • n. The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
  • n. Anything measuring four units, as length.
  • n. A person who is fours years old.
  • n. An event whereby a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary in the air, resulting in an award of 4 runs for the batting team. If the ball does not bounce before passing over the boundary, a six is awarded instead.
  • n. Quadruple sculls.
  • n. A four-pennyworth of spirits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. One more than three; twice two.
  • n. The sum of four units; four units or objects.
  • n. A symbol representing four units, as 4 or iv.
  • n. Four things of the same kind, esp. four horses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One more than three; twice two: a cardinal numeral: as, four legs; four wheels.
  • n. A number, twice two or the sum of three and one; the number of the fingers of one hand, without the thumb.
  • n. A symbol representing this number, as 4, IV, or iv.
  • n. A four-oared boat; the crew of a four-oared boat.
  • n. A playing-card with four pips or spots on it.
  • n. In dice or dominoes, the face of a piece showing four spots.
  • n. plural In the game of poker, a hand containing four cards of the same denomination, and ranking between a full and a straight flush.
  • n. A team of four horses harnessed together to draw a coach or other vehicle: as, a coach and four; a well-matched four.
  • n. plural Same as fourings.
  • n. In cricket, a boundary; also, a ball hit by the batsman, which reaches the boundary, thus scoring four runs. See fourer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
  • adj. being one more than three
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English fēower; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English fower, from Old English fēower, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwóres. Cognate with German vier, Gothic 𐍆𐌹𐌳𐍅𐍉𐍂 (fidwor), Ancient Greek τέσσαρες (tessares), Latin quattuor (French quatre, Portuguese quatro), Old Norse fjórir (Danish fire), Russian четыре (četýre), Sanskrit चतुर् (catur). (Wiktionary)

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  • Means "oven" in French.

    July 13, 2009