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(noun.) the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one.
(adj.) being one more than three .
Editor: Will--From WordNet
(a.) One more than three; twice two.
(n.) The sum of four units; four units or objects.
(n.) A symbol representing four units, as 4 or iv.
(n.) Four things of the same kind, esp. four horses; as, a chariot and four.
adj. and n. two and two a cardinal number.—adjs. Four′fold folded four times: multiplied four times; Four′-foot′ed having four feet; Four′-hand′ed having four hands: of a game played by four people; Four′-inched (Shak.) four inches broad.—ns. Four′-in-hand a vehicle drawn by four horses driven by one person: a team of four horses drawing a carriage—also adj.; Four′penny a small silver coin worth fourpence formerly coined in England.—adj. worth fourpence.—n. Four′-post′er a large bed with four posts on which to hang curtains.—adjs. Four′score four times a score—80; Four′some by fours: anything in which four act together—also n.; Four′square having four equal sides and angles: square.—adjs. and ns. Four′teen four and ten; Four′teenth four or the fourth after the tenth.—adj. Fourth next after the third.—n. one of four equal parts.—adv. Fourth′ly.—adj. Fourth′-rate of the fourth class or order.—n. Four′-wheel′er a carriage or cab with four wheels.—Go on all fours to go on hands and knees.
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- The quality of hotels is shown by an inn with one, two, three, or four gables, and so forth. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- I kept the horse until he was four years old, when he went blind, and I sold him for twenty dollars. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- The four sat down, to breakfast, on the coffee, and some hot rolls and ham which the Dodger had brought home in the crown of his hat. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- I took four lessons, and then I stuck fast in a grammatical bog. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- She is four-and-twenty. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- It is necessary that this drawing be made in four operations; the first and second are particularly interesting, on account of their depths, which are 5-1/2 and 9-3/16 inches, respectively. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- He left his dead and nearly all his wounded in our hands, and about four hundred prisoners and several hundred horses. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- I knew it was three hundred and sixty-four feet wide, and consequently wider than the capitol. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, bless the bed that I lie on; four angels guard-- Hold your tongue. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- One day Edison appeared with some tin-foil and four or five yards of fine wire. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- He showed four fingers. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- The exhaust valve is then closed, the inlet valve opened, and another cycle of four strokes begins. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- Yes: there was a chaise- and-four, a short distance before them, dashing along at full gallop. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- George remained four years at a French university, and, applying himself with an unintermitted zeal, obtained a very thorough education. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Inside it there revolves another cylinder, made also of thin sheet iron, and divided into four compartments, marked _d_, _d_, _d_, _d_. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- The buffalo-skins, doubled in fours, were spread all along one side, and four men, with great difficulty, lifted the heavy form of Tom into it. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- The reptile is on all fours with the seeding plant in its freedom from the necessity to pass any stage of its life cycle in water. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- Some perhaps went on all fours, some chiefly went on their hind legs and clambered with their fore limbs. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- On ordinary working-days she braided it in threes; on ordinary Sundays in fours; at Maypolings, gipsyings, and the like, she braided it in fives. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- Now, therefore, send the Christian dog on all fours, and barefoot, into the holy place to mend the clock, and let him go as an ass! Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Tarzan, happily, was uninjured by the fall, alighting catlike upon all fours far outspread to take up the shock. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
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