four

Definitions

  • Gluing-Up a Four-Legged Stand
    Gluing-Up a Four-Legged Stand
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj four being one more than three
    • n four a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
    • n four the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Led four war parties." Dakota drawing "Led four war parties." Dakota drawing
Four. Hidatsa Four. Hidatsa
FOUR-AND-TWENTY TAILORS WENT TO KILL A SNAIL FOUR-AND-TWENTY TAILORS WENT TO KILL A SNAIL
Mainly curved walls on the buildings; four minarets are visible Mainly curved walls on the buildings; four minarets are visible
FOUR RABBITS AS BLACK AS INK ENTERED CARRYING A LITTLE BIER FOUR RABBITS AS BLACK AS INK ENTERED CARRYING A LITTLE BIER
A FOUR MILE CHASE A FOUR MILE CHASE
four riders following running man four riders following running man
Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A slug has four noses
    • Four A symbol representing four units, as 4 or iv.
    • Four Four things of the same kind, esp. four horses; as, a chariot and four .
    • a Four fōr One more than three; twice two.
    • Four The sum of four units; four units or objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Four billion pounds of watermelon were grown in the United States in 1999
    • four One more than three; twice two: a cardinal numeral: as, four legs; four wheels.
    • n four A number, twice two or the sum of three and one; the number of the fingers of one hand, without the thumb.
    • n four A symbol representing this number, as 4, IV, or iv.
    • n four A four-oared boat; the crew of a four-oared boat.
    • n four A playing-card with four pips or spots on it.
    • n four In dice or dominoes, the face of a piece showing four spots.
    • n four plural In the game of poker, a hand containing four cards of the same denomination, and ranking between a full and a straight flush.
    • n four A team of four horses harnessed together to draw a coach or other vehicle: as, a coach and four; a well-matched four.
    • n four plural Same as fourings.
    • n four In cricket, a boundary; also, a ball hit by the batsman, which reaches the boundary, thus scoring four runs. See fourer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slugs have four noses.
    • adj., n Four fōr two and two, a cardinal number
    • adj Four worth fourpence
    • n Four one of four equal parts
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Quotations

  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
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    “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
  • Bobby Knight
    Bobby Knight
    “Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”
  • Blaise Pascal
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    “I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
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    “I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”
  • W.P. Kinsella
    W.P. Kinsella
    “Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.”

Idioms

Four corners of the earth - If something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
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Four-eyes - A person who wears glasses
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Four-square behind - If someone stands four-square behind someone, they give that person their full support.
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On all fours - If someone is on all fours, they crawl.
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Scattered to the four winds - If something's scattered to the four winds, it goes out in all directions.
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Sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question - The sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question is the most important question that can be asked about something.
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Twenty-four seven - Twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. te`ttares te`ssares pi`syres, Skr. catur,. √302. Cf. Farthing Firkin Forty Cater four, Quater-cousin Quatuor Quire of paper, tetrarch

Usage

In literature:

There are four sets, corresponding to the four chairs; and, to all appearance, this number of guests have been seated at the table.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
He looked for a moment or two at his four friends, lying as still as if they were dead.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Four cannon, two howitzers, four swivel guns, with the needful ammunition, &c., formed the equipment.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The little forts counted upon four large and three or four small cupolas.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Four heads appeared above the surface of the stream and, also, four outstretched arms holding rifles.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Four points on either bow is met by four points before the beam.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Fancy six months of regular skating, instead of a miserable three or four days.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Yet, wonderful as it may appear, only four of the Americans were killed, and twenty-four wounded.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
They have just taken twenty-four or thirty of these men, and are going to throw them off.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
C, twenty-four to thirty hours if incubated at 22 deg.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
I been married four times, Was young man when I married first time.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Mr. G. B. Cockburn teaches four naval officers to fly.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
For four years the Exchange coffee room sought to cater to the wants of the merchants around the foot of Broad Street.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
There are twenty-four regiments and twenty-four pieces of artillery.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
He capered about with the abandon of a puppy, making extremely active use of four sound limbs.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Mix with a quart of flour, half a nutmeg grated, the yolks of four eggs beaten, and four spoonfuls of rose water.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The pileus is four to five inches broad, the stem two to four inches long, and an inch to an inch and a half thick.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
For four days and four nights the man lived in the alligator's stomach.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
I had eight children, four girls and four boys.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
These "excursions" were undertaken about four or five times in every week, and would usually occupy twenty-four hours.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
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In poetry:

Four, and a keystone;
Four, and a keystone;
Four, and a keystone;
Then twenty-four, and a tiny little keystone.
"Tortoise Shell" by D H Lawrence
Call more O Lord, this Tree to see,
by thy two witnesses:
An hundreth fourtie foure thousand,
to be thy senniories.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton

There's a turning I must pass
Often four times in a day,
Narrow, rather dark, with grass
Growing, a neglected way;
"Blind Alley" by Eleanor Farjeon
Listen: about little Hendele.
She came back to me yesterday
and she was twenty-four already.
And as graceful as Shulamite.
"A Song At The End" by Jaroslav Seifert
Salcombe Hill and four hills more
Lie to leftward of this shore.
On the right Peak Hill arises
Ever rises, sickening, o'er.
"A Sidmouth Lad" by Cale Young Rice
In the four hundred ninetieth yeere,
Oer Brittaine I did rayne,
After my Savior Christ his byrth,
What time I did maintaine
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy

In news:

I visited the other four missions yesterday, starting with Mission Concepcion…considered to be in the best condition of the four.
SAGINAW, MI — Police agencies in Saginaw County have added four homicides to the list of current investigations after four slayings over a three- day period beginning Friday, Dec 7.
If you started accumulating debt three or four years ago, realize that it will probably take you more then three or four years to get out of debt and stay out of debt .
Arlington, TX – Mitch Moreland provided a go-ahead, pinch-hit single as part of a four-run seventh inning to lift the Rangers over the Angels, 15-9, in the finale of a four-game set on Thursday.
Mitch Moreland provided a go-ahead, pinch-hit single as part of a four-run seventh inning to lift the Rangers over the Angels, 15-9, in the finale of a four-game set on Thursday.
The four-time MVP coming off four neck surgeries completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Four rings, four diesels .
The following four lucky viewers knew the Secret Word of the Day and each won a family four pack of tickets to see Playhouse Disney Live at the Bell Auditorium on October 3.
A judge dismissed all four counts of involuntary manslaughter filed against a Sky Express bus dispatcher in a crash on Interstate 95 that killed four passengers on May 31, 2011, fredericksburg.com reported.
Four questions for four writers, analyzing the soul-searching Sooners as they prepare for a huge road contest against undefeated Texas Tech.
Four clay artists, four distinct visions.
James Carbone A pit bull attacked four people at a private dog -care facility in Ronkonkoma Thursday night, sending all four by ambulance to the hospital, Suffolk County police said.
The course consists of four par fours ranging from 310 yards to 400 yards and fourteen par threes ranging from 125 yards to 214 yards.
Researchers have found that the most frequently occurring elements in the dust around these four white dwarfs were oxygen, magnesium, iron, and silicon — the four elements that make up roughly 93 percent of Earth.
Buzz Williams enters his fifth season as Marquette's coach with a better winning percentage in his first four years than Al McGuire had in his first four.
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In science:

For instance, let us consider the case X4 with four real roots and Υ4 also with four real roots, in which the coefficients of the higher degree are 1.
A class of colliding waves in metric-affine gravity, nonmetricity and torsion shock waves
For more than four points there will be nilpotent invariants exactly as in the four-dimensional case.
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
The comparison of the four-point correlators in the different channels yields restrictions both for four bulk and for four boundary fields.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
All the usual operators, i.e. +, −, ∗ between four-vectors and ∗, / of four-vectors with scalars are implemented.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
As a consequence of this proposition the class of symmetric monoidal categories form a category where arrows are four tuples hF, λF , µF , ηF i and where composition of four tuples is defined using the previous proposition.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
The state of a particle walking quantum mechanically on this circle is then denoted by |ψ (t)i, which is generally a superposition of the four basis, rather than classical mixing of the probabilities of being at the four nodes.
Experimental Implementation of the Quantum Random-Walk Algorithm
Each band is characterized by four main conductance peaks and each peak is the convolution of four peaks that cannot be resolved except for the lower one in the higher miniband (see inset of Fig. 3).
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
If spacetime is to be four-dimensional, we are interested in geometrical structures that are bundles over a four-dimensional space.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
In order to get the macroscopic four-dimensional gauge theory, one should find some four-dimensional reduction.
String Theory or Field Theory?
In figure four, four maps for various values of energy are shown.
Complex behavior from a simple physical system: A numerical investigation
Four of each type of electron per regional crate are forwarded to the Global Calorimeter Trigger (GCT) for further sorting. The top four candidates of each type are received by the level-1 Global Trigger (GT).
Level-1 Regional Calorimeter Trigger System for CMS
Four in the case of a four index field strength, as it was done in Refs. 7, 8.
Scale Symmetry Breaking from the Dynamics of Maximal Rank Gauge Field Strengths
Such kind of ”maximal rank” (four index in four space-time dimension) Gauge field strength has a simple dynamics and were introduce in the context of non scale invariant theories by several authors13 .
Scale Symmetry Breaking from the Dynamics of Maximal Rank Gauge Field Strengths
Four in the case of a four index field strength.
Scale Symmetry Breaking from the Dynamics of Maximal Rank Gauge Field Strengths
There is also an additional symmetry, and the main non-trivial mean field integral therefore takes values in a coset superspace parameterized by eight real variables, four bosonic and four Fermionic .
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
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