American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The ordinal number matching the number four in a series.
- n. One of four equal parts.
- n. Music A tone four degrees above or below a given tone in a diatonic scale.
- n. Music The interval between two such tones.
- n. Music The harmonic combination of these tones.
- n. Music The subdominant of a scale or key.
- n. The transmission gear or gear ratio used to produce forward speeds next higher to those of third in a motor vehicle.
- n. The Fourth of July; Independence Day. Used with the: went to a parade on the Fourth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Next after the third: an ordinal numeral.
- n. The quotient of unity divided by four; one of four equal parts of anything; a quarter: as, three fourths (¾) of an acre.
- n. In early English law, a fourth part of the rents of the year, or of movables, or both, granted or levied by way of tax.
- n. In music A tone four diatonic degrees above or below any given tone.
- n. The interval between any tone and a tone four degrees distant from it.
- n. The harmonic combination of two such tones.
- n. In a scale, the fourth tone from the bottom; the subdominant: solmizated fa, as F in the scale of C, or D in that of A. The typical interval of the fourth is that between the first and fourth tones of a scale, acoustically represented by the ratio 3:4—that is, in number of vibrations— and equal to two diatonic steps and a half. Such a fourth is called
perfector major; a fourth one half step shorter is called diminishedor minor; a fourth one half step longer is called augmented, extreme, sharp, or superfluous. The perfect fourth is the second most perfect consonance after the octave, and the next to the fifth.
- adj. The ordinal form of number four.
- n. not used in the plural The person or thing in the fourth position.
- n. A quarter, one of four equal parts of a whole.
- n. not used in the plural The fourth gear of an engine.
- n. music A musical interval which spans four degrees of the diatonic scale, for example C to F (C D E F).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Next in order after the third; the ordinal of four.
- adj. Forming one of four equal parts into which anything may be divided.
- n. One of four equal parts into which one whole may be divided; the quotient of a unit divided by four.
- n. (Mus.) The interval of two tones and a semitone, embracing four diatonic degrees of the scale; the subdominant of any key.
- n. One coming next in order after the third.
- n. the musical interval between one note and another four notes away from it
- adj. coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude
- adv. in the fourth place
- n. following the third position; number four in a countable series
- n. one of four equal parts
- Middle English fourthe, from Old English fēortha; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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