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Meaning of four by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English fower, from Old English fēower, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwóres. Cognate with German vier, Gothic ������������ ( fidwor ), Ancient Greek τέσσαρες ( tessares ), Latin quattuor ( French quatre, Portuguese quatro ), Old Norse fjórir ( Danish fire ), Russian четыре ( četýre ), Sanskrit चतुर् ( catur ) .


    • ( RP ) enPR: fô, IPA: /fɔː/, X-SAMPA: /fO:/
    • ( US ) enPR: fôr, IPA: /fɔːɹ/, /foʊɹ/, X-SAMPA: /fO:r/, /foUr/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )
    • Homophone: for, fore



    1. ( cardinal ) A numerical value equal to 4; the number after three and before five; two plus two. This many dots ( •••• )
      There are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn .
    2. Describing a set or group with four components .

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    • Last: three, 3
    • Next: five, 5


    four ( countable and uncountable; plural: fours )

    1. ( countable ) The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof .
    2. ( countable ) Anything measuring four units, as length .
      Do you have any more fours? I want to make this a little taller .
    3. A person who is fours years old .
      I'll take the threes, fours and fives and go to the playground .
    4. ( cricket, countable ) An event whereby a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary in the air, resulting in an award of 4 runs for the batting team. If the ball does not bounce before passing over the boundary, a six is awarded instead .
    5. ( rowing ) Quadruple sculls .
    6. ( obsolete ) A four-pennyworth of spirits.

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    Look at pages starting with four .

    • ( playing cards ) playing card, card; ace,‎ two,‎ three,‎ four,‎ five,‎ six,‎ seven,‎ eight,‎ nine,‎ ten,‎ jack,‎ queen,‎ king,‎ joker


Explanation of four by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. being one more than three

    1. a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips

    2. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

    Definition of four by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Four ( fōr ), a. [OE. four, fower, feower, AS. feówer; akin to OS. fiwar, D. & G. vier, OHG. fior, Icel. fjōrir, Sw. fyra, Dan. fire, Goth. fidwōr, Russ. chetuire, chetvero, W. pedwar, L. quatuor, Gr. τέτταρες, τέσσαρες, πίσυρες, Skr. catur. √302. Cf. Farthing, Firkin, Forty, Cater four, Quater-cousin, Quatuor, Quire of paper, tetrarch.] One more than three; twice two.

    2. Four, n.
      1. The sum of four units; four units or objects.

      2. A symbol representing four units, as 4 or iv.

      3. Four things of the same kind, esp. four horses; as, “a chariot and four”.

      All fours. See All fours, in the Vocabulary.