Definition of fourth in English:

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Pronunciation: /fôrTH/

ordinal number

1Constituting number four in a sequence; 4th: the fourth and fifth centuries there were three bedrooms, with potential for a fourth
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  • A left hook ends it one minute, four seconds into the fourth round.
  • The team's fourth management team in four years is now in place.
  • They also brought the fourth official from four hours away from somewhere in Co. Clare, and a linesman from Laois.
1.1 (a fourth/one fourth) chiefly North American A quarter: nearly three fourths of that money is now gone
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  • You've seen some very impressive growth figures in the fourth quarter last year.
  • They had barely gotten three fourths around the first quarter and she looked exhausted.
  • The game continued and when it came to the fourth quarter everyone felt that Emily actually had a chance at winning the game.
1.2The fourth finisher or position in a race or competition: he could do no better than finish fourth
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  • They will then be preparing for the playoffs where their fourth place league finish will ensure a home draw in the first round.
  • Nevertheless, the warriors got back on their feet and raced to a fourth place team finish in the 5km classic event.
  • It used to feature teams that finished between second and fourth place in most nations and was a top-notch competition.
1.3The fourth (and often highest) in a sequence of a vehicle’s gears: he took the corner at the end of the road in fourth
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  • It's understood he entered what should have been a fourth - gear corner flat-out in sixth.
  • At the other end of the scale, it will potter around town all day in fourth with the tacho needle barely hovering above 1,000 rpm.
  • Silverstone's high-speed third and fourth gear corners stress the engine in a slightly unusual way.
1.4Fourthly (used to introduce a fourth point or reason): third, visit popular attractions during lunch; fourth, stay late
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  • And fourth, the frightening violence of revolution is also ridiculed as a feminine loss of self-control.
  • And fourth, you have to have an audience that has an appetite for what you are trying to do.
  • It focuses on the key variables offered by the traditional model as components of household financial distress: first, high levels of household indebtedness; second, unemployment and downsizing; third, divorce; and fourth, health problems, health care costs, and lack of health insurance.
1.5 Music An interval spanning four consecutive notes in a diatonic scale, in particular (also perfect fourth) an interval of two tones and a semitone (e.g., C to F).
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  • Both the melody and harmony share the same pentatonic scalar basis, and the intervals of perfect fourths and major seconds derived from the pentatonic scale are frequently used both linearly and vertically in all eight variations.
  • Practicing fourths and consecutive sevenths challenges the ear in ways that sixths and thirds don't, in addition to enhancing hand stability.
  • At the very end of the piece, in a very contemporary strategy, the perfect fourth yields to a tritone, C-#, thereby obscuring an unambiguous closure in an enriched tonality of D major.
1.6 Music The note which is higher by a fourth than the tonic of a diatonic scale or root of a chord.
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  • The crisp phrases of the robust seventeen-bar ground, with its harmonically stable fourths and fifths and harmonious consort of bass and triadic chords, clearly assert the traditional lineaments of the form.
  • The noble falling fourths, echoed by the piano, re-establish the tonic key unambiguously.
  • Also, descending fourths appear in the accompaniment of the melody more than once.

Words that rhyme with fourth

forth, henceforth, north, thenceforth

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Syllabification: fourth

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