Definition of forty-two

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: being one more than 41 in number forty-two years — see Table of Numbers
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Definition of forty-two (Entry 2 of 3)

: 42 countable persons or things not specified but under consideration and being enumerated forty-two are here forty-two were found


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Definition of forty-two (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : two and 40 : three times 14 : six times seven
2a : 42 units or objects a total of forty-two
b : a group or set of 42
3 : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numerals 42
4 : the 42d in a set or series especially : an article of clothing of the 42d size wears a forty-two
5 : a game played with dominoes but resembling the card game pitch and having the sum of the counters equal 42

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