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

  • n. The ordinal number matching the number 40 in a series.
  • n. One of 40 equal parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The ordinal form of the number forty.
  • n. The person or thing in the fortieth position.
  • n. One of forty equal parts of a whole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Following the thirty-ninth, or preceded by thirty-nine units, things, or parts.
  • adj. Constituting one of forty equal parts into which anything is divided.
  • n. One of forty equal parts into which one whole is divided; the quotient of a unit divided by forty; one next in order after the thirty-ninth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Next after the thirty-ninth: an ordinal numeral.
  • n. The quotient of unity divided by forty; one of forty equal parts into which something is divided.
  • n. In early English law, one fortieth part of the rents of the year, or of movables, or both, granted or levied by way of tax.

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

  • adj. the ordinal number of forty in counting order
  • n. position 40 in a countable series of things


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  • "This is the measure of the Truma" (or, of the oblation yielded to the priests), A good eye yieldeth one out of forty; that is, the fortieth part.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • But the feast then had no proper name; it was simply called the fortieth day after Epiphany.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • This same year, that is to say the fortieth year after the passion of our

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • Sweden is ranked fortieth, which is still in the upper quartile of countries.

    Voice For Liberty in Wichita

  • ; Italian as quaresima; and Spanishas cuaresma, these all deriving from the Latin quadragesima, meaning 'fortieth'.


  • "fortieth," that landing on the fourth storey where man discovers and picks up the magic key which opens life to its recesses, and reveals its monotonous and deceptive labyrinth; conscious, moreover, of his value, of the importance of his mission, and of the great name he bore, he cared nothing for the opinion of such persons as these.

    Tartarin On The Alps

  • It seemed to me her fortieth birthday must be approaching.

    The Bird House

  • He dredged it up again as an issue in 2004 when he voted against a symbolic resolution honoring the law on its fortieth anniversary.

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Paul's Fetish on Civil Rights

  • It took him so long to eat the thirty-ninth shark, for inside the thirty-ninth shark were already the nineteen other sharks he had eaten, and inside the fortieth shark were already the nineteen other sharks he had eaten, and he did not have the appetite he had started with.


  • The longest running open house for artists in Chicago is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this weekend.

    Pilsen Art Walk Open House Celebrates 40th Anniversary


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