four

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English cardinal numbers
3 4 5
    Cardinal : four
    Ordinal : fourth
    Multiplier : quadruple
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Etymology[edit]

Middle English fower, from Old English fēower, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr, from previous pre-Grimm Proto-Germanic *petwṓr, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwṓr, the neuter form of Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwóres. Cognate with German vier, Gothic 𐍆𐌹𐌳𐍅𐍉𐍂 (fidwōr), Ancient Greek τέσσαρες (téssares), Latin quattuor (French quatre, Portuguese quatro), Old Norse fjórir (Danish fire), Russian четы́ре (četýre), Sanskrit चतुर् (catur).

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four

  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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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 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.
    • 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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin furnus.

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four m (plural fours)

  1. oven
  2. stove
  3. flop

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin furnus.

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four m (plural fours)

  1. oven