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four US English

Equivalent to the product of two and two; one more than three, or six less than ten; 4

four US Thesaurus

their infield is indeed a fabulous four, leading the league in every defensive category

the Big Three, US English

The dominant group of three, four, etc.

iv in four US English

Equivalent to the product of two and two; one more than three, or six less than ten; 4

flat-four US English

(Of an engine) having four horizontal cylinders, two on each side of the crankshaft

four-ball US English

A game in which two pairs of players compete, with the better score of each pair counting as the pair’s score at each hole

four-door US English

(Of a vehicle) having four doors

four-eyes US English

A person who wears glasses

four-ply US English

(Of a material) having four strands or layers

four-star US English

(Especially of a hotel or restaurant) given four stars in a grading system, typically one in which this denotes the highest or next to the highest class or quality

two-four US English

A case of twenty-four bottles of beer

four-by-four US English

A vehicle with four-wheel drive

Final Four US English

The four teams that qualify for the championship round in the annual NCAA men’s or women’s college basketball tournament

four-bagger US English

A home run

four-color US English

Denoting a color printing process using red, cyan (greenish blue), yellow, and black inks on separate plates that are serially transferred to the same sheet to produce images in full color

four flush US English

A poker hand of little value, having four cards of the same suit and one of another

four-handed US English

Having, using, or requiring the use of four hands

four-poster US English

A bed with a post at each corner, sometimes supporting a canopy

four-seater US English

A vehicle or piece of furniture with seating for four people

four-square US English

(Of a building or structure) having a square shape and solid appearance

four-stroke US English

Denoting an internal combustion engine having a cycle of four strokes (intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust)

petit four US English

A very small fancy cake, cookie, or confection, typically made with marzipan and traditionally served after a meal

petit four New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

small fancy biscuit, cake, or sweet

four-four time US English

A rhythmic pattern in which there are four crotchets in a bar

Four Corners US English

The point where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet

four-engined US English

(Chiefly of an aircraft) having four engines

four freedoms US English

The four essential human freedoms as proclaimed in a speech to Congress by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear

Four Hundred US English

The social elite of a community

four-o'clock US English

A tropical American herbaceous plant with fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers that open late in the afternoon

four-in-hand US English

A vehicle with four horses driven by one person

Gang of Four US English

(In China) a group of four associates, including Mao Zedong’s wife, involved in implementing the Cultural Revolution. They were among the groups competing for power on Mao’s death in 1976, but were arrested and imprisoned

two-by-four US English

A piece of lumber with a rectangular cross section nominally two inches by four inches

four-dimensional US English

Having four dimensions, typically the three dimensions of space (length, breadth, and depth) plus time

four-eyed fish US English

A small livebearing freshwater fish of tropical America. Each eye is divided into two, allowing the fish to see both above and below the water while swimming at the surface

four-leaf clover US English

A clover leaf with four leaflets, rather than the typical three, thought to bring good luck

four-legged friend US English

A pet with four legs, especially a dog

four-letter word US English

Any of several short words referring to sexual or excretory functions, regarded as coarse or offensive

four noble truths US English

The four central beliefs containing the essence of Buddhist teaching

four-wheel drive US English

A transmission system that provides power directly to all four wheels of a vehicle

twenty-four hours US English

A long-legged arboreal lizard of tropical America, related to the anoles

four-wheel drive New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen; abbreviation 4WD, f.w.d.)

twenty-four-hour clock US English

A method of measuring the time based on the full twenty-four hours of the day, rather than dividing it into two groups of twelve hours

Four Cantons, Lake of the US English

Another name for Lake Lucerne (see Lucerne, Lake).


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