from The Century Dictionary.

  • Once in four years.

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

  • adverb Once in four years.

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

  • adverb Every four years.


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  • As nearly as I could find out this morning, this is to be done quadrennially, so this seems to be the first one conducted by the US (i.e., the Bush administration wasn't obligated to do one).

    State, Arizona and the UN

  • Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), says it is bowing out of 2008 TIMSSA, an advanced version of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study given quadrennially to younger students, because it can't fit the $5 million to $10 million price tag into its flat budget.

    A Letter to the Editor

  • In fact, the Advisory Council on Social Security-a bipartisan commission required by law to report to the president quadrennially on the status of national entitlement systems-came to similar conclusions in December 1991.

    Time To Step Back

  • Running hard against the elite, effete (or as Bill O'Reilly concisely puts it, the "sniveling, left-wing, wine-drinking, brie-eating") media establishment -- while simultaneously chewing on pork rinds, downing shots of Crown Royal with beer chasers, and quadrennially cozying up to soccer and hockey moms and Nascar dads -- is of course a time-honored tradition among political practitioners within both the Republican and the Democratic wings of America's ruling Property Party.

    Rory O'Connor: Beating the Press -- Literally

  • The nominating system, despite the folksy patina that quadrennially makes reporters swoon, is thoroughly idiotic, and it's gotten worse every time than the cycle before, yet we treat it like a force of nature, not an act of hacks.

    Marty Kaplan: President Giuliani. President Romney. President Huckabee. President Just-Shoot-Me.

  • "Don't waste your vote," they whine in unison -- as if our votes are not quadrennially wasted on those marvelous occasions when they are actually counted and recorded.

    The Nation: Gore Vidal for Dennis Kucinich: A farsighted populist and pacifist.

  • That is the nature of presidential-election forecasting, where a new test case emerges only quadrennially, and where a comprehensive archive of polling data is hard to find.

    Oy, a Potential Electoral Mess

  • "Don't waste your vote," they whine in unison -- as if our votes are not quadrennially wasted on those marvelous occasions when they are actually counted and recorded.

    Dennis Kucinich

  • Discipline quadrennially to meet the constant and ever-growing demands of the times, yet in this case and at this period we would suggest that you make as few changes as possible.

    The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America: Comprising Its Organization, Subsequent Development and Present Status

  • A bishop holds office for life or during good behavior, but he may be assigned quadrennially to different districts, and may be retired, when feebleness or general disability warrants it, on $1,000 a year.

    Religious Bodies: 1906


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