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two-by-four

noun \ ˌtü-bī-ˈfȯr \

Definition of two-by-four

: a piece of lumber approximately 2 by 4 inches as sawed and usually 1⁵/₈ by 3⁵/₈ inches when dressed

First Known Use of two-by-four

1884

in the meaning defined above

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two-by-four

adjective

Definition of two-by-four

1 : small or petty of its kind
  • this house and its two-by-four garden
  • —Philip Barry
2 : measuring two units (such as inches) by four

First Known Use of two-by-four

1897

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TWO-BY-FOUR Defined for English Language Learners

two-by-four

Definition of two-by-four for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of wood that has been cut to be long and straight so that it can be used for building things and that is about 2 inches thick and 4 inches wide


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