fourth

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noun \ˈfȯrth\

Definition of fourth

plural

fourths

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  1. 1 :  one that is number four in a series — see number table

  2. 2a :  a musical interval (see interval 2b) embracing four tones of the diatonic scaleb :  a tone at this interval; specifically :  subdominant 1c :  the harmonic combination of two tones a fourth apart

  3. 3 :  the fourth forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle shifted into fourth

  4. 4 capitalized :  independence day —used with the watched fireworks on the Fourth

fourth

adjective or adverb

fourthly

adverb

Examples of fourth in a Sentence

  1. cut the cake into fourths

  2. She drank a fourth of the bottle.

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Origin and Etymology of fourth

see four


First Known Use: before 12th century

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FOURTH Defined for English Language Learners

fourth

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Definition of fourth for English Language Learners

  • : number four in a series

  • : one of four equal parts of something

  • : the fourth forward gear or speed of a car, truck, etc.


FOURTH Defined for Kids

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fourth

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adjective \ˈfȯrth\

Definition of fourth for Students

  1. :  coming right after third


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fourth

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Definition of fourth for Students

  1. 1 :  number four in a series

  2. 2 :  one of four equal parts



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