- on all fours
- back four
- four horsemen
- four hundred
- four-leaf clover
- four-letter word
- Last: three, 3
- Next: five, 5
- ( countable ) The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof .
- ( countable ) Anything measuring four units, as length .
- A person who is fours years old .
- ( 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 .
- ( rowing ) Quadruple sculls .
- ( obsolete ) A four-pennyworth of spirits.
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 ) .
Explanation of four by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of four by GCIDE Dictionary