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| Cardinal: four|
Latinate ordinal: quartary, quaternary
Adverbial: four times
Latinate multiplier: quadruple
Multiuse collective: quadruplet
Greek or Latinate collective: tetrad
Greek collective prefix: tetra-, tessera-
Latinate collective prefix: quadri-
Fractional: quarter, fourth
Latinate fractional prefix: quadrant-
Greek prefix: tetarto-
Number of musicians: quartet
Number of years: quadrennium, olympiad
Inherited from Middle English fourthe, an alteration (due to four) of ferthe, from Old English fēorþa, fēowerþa, from Proto-West Germanic *feurþō, from Proto-Germanic *fedurþô, equivalent to four + -th.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɔːθ/
- (General American) enPR: fôrth, IPA(key): /fɔɹθ/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /fo(ː)ɹθ/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /foəθ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)θ
- Homophone: forth
fourth (not comparable)
- The ordinal form of the number four.
- 2013 June 29, Leo Montada, “Coping with Life Stress”, in Herman Steensma, Riël Vermunt, editors, Social Justice in Human Relations Volume 2: Societal and Psychological Consequences of Justice and Injustice, Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, page 26:
- The fourth model is called the enlightment model: Actors are seen to be responsible for problems but unable or unwilling to provide solutions. They are believed to need discipline provided by authoritative guidance. The Alcoholic Anonymous[sic] groups are considered prototypical for this model.
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- fourth-class, fourth class
- fourth cousin
- fourth cover
- fourth dimension
- fourth down
- fourth estate
- fourth finger
- fourth freedom rights
- fourth gear
- fourth gender
- fourth grade
- fourth grader
- fourth market
- fourth normal form
- fourth official
- Fourth of July
- fourth-party logistics
- fourth person
- fourth point of contact
- fourth rail
- fourth rate
- Fourth Reich
- fourth slip
- fourth trimester
- fourth ventricle
- fourth wall
- Fourth World
- may the fourth be with you
fourth (plural fourths)
- (in the singular) The person or thing in the fourth position.
- 1978 April 8, “Classified advertisement”, in Gay Community News, page 14:
- We are one F and two M's seeking the company of a fourth (M or F) for our spacious and friendly Somerville apt.
- (chiefly US) A quarter, one of four equal parts of a whole.
- (in the singular) The fourth gear of an engine.
- (music) A musical interval which spans four degrees of the diatonic scale, for example C to F (C D E F).
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- (informal) To agree with a proposition or statement after it has already been thirded.
- 1830 March 2, Hansard’s Parliamentary Debates, volume XXII, London, page 1189:
- If he remembered rightly what took place in the House on the first night of the session, the Attorney General would have to file an information, not only against the noble Lord who proposed the address, and the hon. Member for London who seconded it, but also against the hon. Member who thirded, and the noble Lord who fourthed it, and indeed against every Member in the House.
- 1854 January, “Tregonhorke’s First Trip in a Man-of-War”, in Hunt’s Yachting Magazine, volume the third, London: Hunt and Son, […]; Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., […], page 14:
- A lisping young “Soundings,” or master’s assistant, sung out “I thecond the mothon,” instantly transferring his beer to our hero’s face. In short the resolution was thirded, fourthed, fifthed, and sixthed, all following suit with the swipes: […]
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