two-by-four


1two–by–four

noun \ˌtü-bī-ˈfr\

: a piece of wood that has been cut to be long and straight so that it can be used for building things and that is about 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide

Full Definition of TWO-BY-FOUR

:  a piece of lumber approximately 2 by 4 inches as sawed and usually 158 by 358 inches when dressed

First Known Use of TWO-BY-FOUR

1884

2two–by–four

adjective

Definition of TWO-BY-FOUR

1
:  small or petty of its kind <this house and its two–by–four garden — Philip Barry>
2
:  measuring two units (as inches) by four

First Known Use of TWO-BY-FOUR

1897

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