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As Klein puts it: There’s no quadrennial election for CEO of Facebook.
In what may be the first of its kind for the quadrennial games, American lugers are accepting cryptocurrency donations to help fund their Olympic ambitions.
There are still four days left in the quadrennial competition, so Moon’s ebullience might be a bit premature.
Almonte reported one of Gen. Santa Anna's soldiers was killed. --------- EXTRA DAY To-day, of course, marks that quadrennial oddity, the day added to the Month of February in the years that also see United States presidential elections.
Big changes are coming to the U.S. team for the next quadrennial, both on the ice and off, but the final day of the Pyeongchang Olympics showed hope for the future.
Figure skating purists are unmoved by this Ryder Cup on ice, preferring their sport just run through its normal Olympic drill every quadrennial: pairs, men, dance and, finally, women.
Curling is our strange quadrennial winter sports obsession.
While the quadrennial sports gathering has been notably free of major incidents, authorities here have questioned and detained numerous people for various infractions — from the relatively silly to the potentially serious.
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Did You Know?
Most things quadrennial occur every four years (that's the more common use). We can say, for example, that the U.S. presidential election is a quadrennial event. But we can also say that president's term in office is quadrennial, making good use of the "lasting four years" sense. The Latin combining form quadri- adds a factor of four to many English words: quadriceps (the thigh muscle, which has four parts), quadrilateral (a four-sided polygon), quadragenarian (a person in his or her 40s), and quadricentennial (a 400th anniversary), to name a few. The -ennial part of quadrennial has the same root as in biennial and centennial; all trace back to annus, the Latin word for "year."
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