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four definition

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This page has 21 definitions of four with English translations in 5 languages. Four is a numeral, noun, an adverb and preposition. Examples of how to use four in a sentence are shown. Also define these 36 related words and terms: 4, ICAO spelling alphabet, for, numerical, value, three, five, two, set, group, element, digit, figure, unit, length, year, cricket, event, batsman, boundary, run, six, basketball, power forward, rowing, sweep, coxswain, crew, regatta, pennyworth, oven, stove, flop, out, outside, and hay.

Translingual four definition

Etymology

From English four

Pronunciation

Numeral

four

  1. Code word for the digit 4 in the NATO/ICAO spelling alphabet
    • Icao Spelling Alphabet definition
      The ICAO radiotelephony spelling alphabet of the International Civil Aviation Organization. This alphabet assigns names to letters of the alphabet for clearer enunciation (and for the same reason pronounces the numeral 9 as "niner"):

Synonyms

ITU/IMO code word kartefour[2]

References

  1. ^ To distinguish from for. Annex 10 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation: Aeronautical Telecommunications; Volume II Communication Procedures including those with PANS status[1], 6th edition, International Civil Aviation Organization, October 2001, retrieved 23 January 2019, page §5.2.1.3, Figure 5–1
  2. ^ International Maritime Organisation (2005). International Code of Signals, p. 22–23. Fourth edition, London.

English four definition

English numbers (edit)
40
 ←  3 4 5  → 
    Cardinal: four
    Ordinal: fourth, tetarto-
    Latinate ordinal: quartary, quaternary
    Multiplier: quadruple, fourfold
    Distributive: quadruply
    Collective: tetrad, foursome
    Fractional: quarter, fourth
    Number of musicians: quartet

Etymology

From Middle English four, from Old English fēower, from Proto-West Germanic *feuwar, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from previous pre-Grimm *petwṓr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwṓr, the neuter form of *kʷetwóres. Doublet of cuatro and quatre.

Pronunciation

Numeral

four

  1. 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 elements.

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Descendants

  • Antigua and Barbuda Creole English: fuar, fua
  • Aukan: fo
  • Belizean Creole: foa, foar
  • Bislama: fo
  • Cameroon Pidgin: fo̱
  • Grenadian Creole English: fo
  • Gullah: fo
  • Krio: fo
  • Kriol: fo
  • Nigerian Pidgin: fo̱r
  • Pichinglis: fo
  • Pijin: foa
  • Saramaccan: fɔ́
  • Sranan Tongo: fo
  • Tok Pisin: foa
  • Torres Strait Creole: po

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Noun

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 four years old.
    I'll take the threes, fours and fives and go to the playground.
  4. (cricket, countable) An event in which the batsmen run four times between the wickets or, more often, a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary, 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.
    • Run definition
      To move swiftly.
      1. To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off either foot. (1 of 59 run definitions)
  5. (basketball, countable) A power forward.
  6. (rowing) Four-man sweep racing shell, with or without a coxswain.
    1. The shell itself.
      The team bought a new four last season.
    2. The crew rowing in a four boat.
      Our four won both races.
    3. (colloquial) A regatta event for four boats.
      We got third place in the varsity four.
    • Crew definition
      A group of people together
      1. Any company of people; an assemblage; a throng.
      2. A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, airplane, or spacecraft. (1 of 15 crew definitions)
  7. (obsolete) A four-pennyworth of spirits.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, IV:
      I was a-strollin' down, thinkin' between ourselves how uncommon handy a four of gin hot would be, when suddenly the glint of a light caught my eye in the window of that same house.

Derived terms

  • (numeral): rouf (back slang)

Translations

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French four definition

Etymology

From Old French forn, from Latin furnus, from Proto-Italic *fornos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰr̥-nós, from *gʷʰer- (warm, hot).

Pronunciation

Noun

four m (plural fours)

  1. oven
  2. stove
  3. flop

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Istriot four definition

Etymology

From Latin foris, foras. Compare Italian fuori, Friulian fûr, Dalmatian fure, Venetian fora.

Adverb

four

  1. out, outside

Preposition

four

  1. out, outside

Middle English four definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English feōwer

Pronunciation

Numeral

Middle English numbers (edit)
 ←  3 4 5  → 
    Cardinal: four
    Ordinal: ferthe

four

  1. four
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[2], published c. 1410, Apocalips 6:8, page 119r, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      ⁊ lo a pale hoꝛs .· and þe name was deþ to him þat ſat on hym and helle ſuede him / and power was ȝouen to him on foure partis of þe erþe .· to ſle with ſwerd / ⁊ wiþ hungur / ⁊ wiþ deþ / ⁊ wiþ beeſtis of þe erþe
      And lo! A pale horse, and the name was Death for who that sat on him, and hell trailed him. And power was given to him over four parts of the earth, to slay with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the earth's creatures.

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Norman four definition

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Etymology

From Old French forn, from Latin furnus.

Noun

four m (plural fours)

  1. (Guernsey) oven

Walloon four definition

Noun

four m (plural fours)

  1. hay