from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cardinal number equal to 3 + 1.
  • noun The fourth in a set or sequence.
  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective One more than three; twice two.
  • noun The sum of four units; four units or objects.
  • noun A symbol representing four units, as 4 or iv.
  • noun Four things of the same kind, esp. four horses.
  • noun See All fours, in the Vocabulary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun cardinal A numerical value equal to 4; the number after three and before five; two plus two. This many dots (••••)
  • noun Describing a set or group with four components.
  • noun countable The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
  • noun countable Anything measuring four units, as length.
  • noun A person who is fours years old.
  • noun 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.
  • noun rowing Quadruple sculls.
  • noun obsolete A four-pennyworth of spirits.

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old English fēower; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).


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