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

  • adjective Measuring two units by four units, especially inches.
  • adjective Slang Small in size; boxed in or cramped.
  • noun A length of lumber that is 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide, or that is trimmed to slightly smaller dimensions.

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

  • adjective measuring two inches by four inches
  • adjective by extension small or cramped
  • noun A length of timber having this cross section. (Note: often this is dimensional lumber that was this size BEFORE being planed to finished form, which removes a quarter inch from each side.)

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

  • noun a timber measuring (slightly under) 2 inches by 4 inches in cross section

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