\ ˈfȯrth How to pronounce fourth (audio) \
plural fourths\ ˈfȯr(th)s How to pronounce fourths (audio) \

Definition of fourth

1 : one that is number four in a series — see Table of Numbers
2a : a musical interval (see interval sense 2b) embracing four tones of the diatonic scale
b : a tone at this interval specifically : subdominant sense 1
c : the harmonic combination of two tones a fourth apart
3 : the fourth forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle shifted into fourth
4 capitalized : independence day used with the watched fireworks on the Fourth

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Other Words from fourth

fourth adjective or adverb
fourthly adverb

Examples of fourth in a Sentence

cut the cake into fourths She drank a fourth of the bottle.

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Since 1950, the S&P 500 in December has risen three-fourths of the time, more often than any other month, according to Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial. Mike Bird, WSJ, "December Has Typically Been a Great Month for Stocks—Until Now," 9 Dec. 2018 Defense Both teams rank in the top 20 in’s defensive efficiency rating, Michigan fourth and Loyola 19th. Shannon Ryan,, "Loyola vs. Michigan: Who has the edge?," 29 Mar. 2018 Three-fourths of the Suns’ offseason plan is complete. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns to target point guard, stretch four in free agency," 23 June 2018 Before the deal can be completed, three-fourths of the 32 NFL team owners must approve the sale. Rick Rothacker, Katherine Peralta And Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Hedge fund manager emerging as likely buyer of the Carolina Panthers," 11 May 2018 Three-fourths of House members — 123 of 163 — must sign to call a special session. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Amid week of distractions, Missouri lawmakers move to isolate embattled governor | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Included were two third-placers, two fourths, a fifth, two sixths, four sevenths and two eighths. James Weber,, "Conner, Walton-Verona make history at KHSAA state wrestling meet," 17 Feb. 2018 In all, 7,980 trucks and other large vehicles were inspected, and 1,975 of them — about one fourth of the big rigs — were taken out of service. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "How safe is that 18-wheeler you just passed on the highway? You might be surprised," 9 July 2018 Mecklenburg County is also considering a tax increase of three-fourths of a penny, its first hike in five years. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte City Council passes budget with tax increase. Here's what it will pay for.," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of fourth

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

History and Etymology for fourth

see four

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English Language Learners Definition of fourth

: number four in a series
: one of four equal parts of something
: the fourth forward gear or speed of a car, truck, etc.


\ ˈfȯrth How to pronounce fourth (audio) \

Kids Definition of fourth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after third



Kids Definition of fourth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number four in a series
2 : one of four equal parts

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