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Definition of four

1 : a number that is one more than three — see Table of Numbers
2 : the fourth in a set or series the four of hearts
3 : something having four units or members: such as
a : a 4-oared racing shell or its crew
b : a 4-cylinder engine or automobile

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Other Words from four

four adjective
four pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of four in a Sentence

“What time is it?” “It's four.” I leave each day at four.

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After trusting his presence with his steady play and calming locker room presence for the past fours year, the Warriors have agreed with Shaun Livingston to delay when to reach a decision on his future on July 10. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors, Shaun Livingston push back guarantee date on contract," 29 June 2019 The average person would estimate a total travel time of four to five fours. Scott Winter, The Conversation, "Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry," 10 June 2019 But by the turn of the century, Honda’s sport bikes were again powered by inline-fours, and the V4s were stuck unsuccessfully in adventure touring bikes before being pulled from the market altogether. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The New Age of the V4 Road Bike," 26 Apr. 2019 Another requirement was to make the engine run so smoothly by ditching the two balance shafts that conventional inline-fours have to balance out vibrations. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "How Infiniti's Variable-Compression Engine Works," 16 July 2018 So rather than design a clean-sheet V6 to replace its outgoing and dated V6s, Mercedes created a modular engine family based around half-liter cylinders, which could be built into 2.0L fours (M254) and 3.0L sixes (M256). Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Straight From the Grave: An Iconic Engine Design Makes a Comeback," 21 Aug. 2018 For shoppers tired of all the 2-liter turbo fours, Buick sticks with the V-6 engine in the LaCrosse. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a good car at a bad time," 15 Aug. 2017 Volvo says this eager-beaver approach to forced induction means its small inline-four can go up against the bigger six- and even eight-cylinder engines most everyone else uses. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 Police found two-by-fours that boarded the man and woman inside their bedrooms, which were filled with human waste, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise,, "Malnourished elderly Cleveland couple hospitalized after they were found locked in rooms at grandson's home," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of four

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for four

Middle English, from four adjective, from Old English fēower; akin to Old High German fior four, Latin quattuor, Greek tessares, tettares

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The first known use of four was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of four

: the number 4
: the fourth in a set or series
: four o'clock


\ ˈfȯr How to pronounce four (audio) \

Kids Definition of four

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than three



Kids Definition of four (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than three : two times two : 4
2 : the fourth in a set or series

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