American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. cardinal 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. countable The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
- n. countable Anything measuring four units, as length.
- n. A person who is fours years old.
- n. cricket, countable 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. rowing Quadruple sculls.
- n. obsolete A four-pennyworth of spirits.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- Middle English, from Old English fēower; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The four Corners of the Table must be furnished with _four Holes_, and exactly in the middle of each side _one Hole_, and these Holes must be hung at the bottoms with _Nets_, Which Holes are named _Hazards_, because if either by Skill or Chance one Gamester strikes anothers Ball into these Holes, or Hazards, as we will now call them, he wins One; the”
“I never hear of an inexperienced buyer in search of a rifle without being reminded of the purchaser of a telescope, who, on asking the optician, among a multitude of other questions, whether he would be able to discern an object through it four miles off, received for reply, 'See an object _four_ miles off, Sir?”
“The owner or master of the establishment was squatted upon the dry sandy ground, with three or four young children sprawling round him, while his _four_ wives were occupied with their respective duties.”
“The players during this drawing and discarding are gradually improving their hands, and matching them into four sets and an extra tile, a set being _three of a kind_, _four of a kind_, or _three in a sequence_.”
“The number of lines used in the staff has varied greatly since the time of Guido, there having been all the way from four to fifteen at various times and in various places, (_four_ being the standard number for a long time).”
“Such a Nootka word, for instance, as when, as they say, he had been absent for four days might be expected to embody at least three radical elements corresponding to the concepts of absent, four, and day.”
“Now in order to establish a position in a space of four dimensions it would be necessary to measure in _four_ mutually perpendicular directions.”
“The four actors of whom I shall attempt to tell, you something -- Burbage, Betterton, Garrick, and Kean -- were the _four_ greatest champions, in their respective times, on the stage of Nature in contradistinction to Artificiality.”
“Lucrezia swinging in a hammock in the centre of a large room, the four corners of which are occupied by four bedsteads containing four children, in the production of whom not exactly _four_ fathers, as they ought for perfect symmetry, but as a compromise _three_, have assisted.”
“In the invasion of Mexico, the United States formed four separate armies, moving on _four distinct lines of operation: _ 1st.”
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