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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.
Recent Examples on the Web It was razed in a matter of hours by Dorian, which reduced it to piles of splintered plywood and two-by-fours 4 and 5 feet deep, spread over an area equal to several football fields. Washington Post, "Aid effort picks up momentum as some Bahamians seek way out," 6 Sep. 2019 It was razed in a matter of hours by Dorian, which reduced it to piles of splintered plywood and two-by-fours 4 and 5 feet deep, spread over an area equal to several football fields. Michael Weissenstein,, "‘Like zombies’: Hurricane’s victims face heartbreak and loss," 5 Sep. 2019 Game 1 was played in four hours, 42 minutes and Game 2 lasted four fours, 24 minutes. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Free agency took the NBA, NHL worlds by storm this weekend," 1 July 2019 Buildings in the region were framed balloon style: Builders threw up two-by-fours around the perimeter, then tied the floors into each story. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 But there are two kinds of stretch fours in the NBA: those a team acquires and those a team makes. Rob Mahoney,, "The Jazz Don't Need to Be a Superteam," 26 July 2019 Shelves above each bed are made from rough-cut and original two-by-fours repurposed when these apartments were remodeled last winter and spring. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Missoula," 11 Sep. 2019 Thousands of people, most of them Haitian laborers and their families, lived in those two contiguous communities, labyrinths of rudimentary homes mostly built from plywood and two-by-fours. New York Times, "Corpses Strewn, People Missing a Week After Dorian Hit the Bahamas," 8 Sep. 2019 It was razed in a matter of hours by Dorian, which ripped apart the shelters and scattered splintered plywood and two-by-fours for miles. Michael Weissenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like zombies’: Victims of Bahamas hurricane confront massive scale of disaster," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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