: the harmonic combination of two tones a fourth apart
: the fourth forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle
shifted into fourth
the Fourth: July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 : Fourth of July
watched fireworks on the Fourth
called alsoIndependence Day
fourthadjective or adverb
the fourth edition of a book
the fourth tallest mountain
Fourthly, don't sing a whole opera through …—Mark Twain
Examples of fourth in a Sentence
cut the cake into fourths
She drank a fourth of the bottle.
Recent Examples on the WebHere were the decisive moments that sent Miami to the All Star break with its sixth win in eight games:
Haywood Highsmith hit a corner three to give Miami a 92-91 lead with 7:06 left in the fourth.—Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 Quarter sandwiches: Cut sandwiches into fourths, and serve.—Matt Moore, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Nearly three fourths of workers feel positive about returning to the office—but one third also believe their offices aren’t ready for their return.—Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Apollo was a villain in the first Rocky film, a more nuanced antagonist in the second, a best friend and guru in the third, and a pretext for revenge and the expiation of guilt in the fourth.—Vulture, 4 Feb. 2024 The junior scored eight of Maryvale’s 10 points in the third quarter, and Mercy outscored Maryvale 10-7 to widen the lead to 36-21 entering the fourth.—Mike Frainie, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 The Pacers got within nine on a few occasions in the fourth.—Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 3 Feb. 2024 January is a close second, with March third and December fourth.—Mary Gilbert, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Fold pastry into fourths and transfer to a 9-inch pie plate.—Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Feb. 2024 See More
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