See also: Fourth
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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
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.
Abbreviations: 4th, 4th, IVth, IIIIth; (in names of monarchs and popes, and formal names in English) IV, IV.
Terms derived from fourth (adjective)
- 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 of July
- fourth official
- fourth person
- fourth point of contact
- fourth rail
- fourth rate
- Fourth Reich
- fourth slip
- fourth trimester
- fourth ventricle
- fourth wall
- Fourth World
- fourth-class, fourth class
- fourth-party logistics
- may the fourth be with you
ordinal form of the number four — See also translations at 4th
fourth (plural fourths)
- (in the singular) The person or thing in the fourth position.
- (chiefly US) A quarter, one of four equal parts of a whole.
- Synonyms: fourth part, quarter, farthing
- (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).
- 1984, Leonard Cohen (lyrics and music), “Hallelujah”, in Various Positions:
- Now I've heard there was a secret chord / That David played, and it pleased the Lord / But you don't really care for music, do ya? / It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
person or thing in the fourth position
quarter — see quarter
fourth-highest gear of an engine
musical interval spanning four degrees of the diatonic scale
fourth (third-person singular simple present fourths, present participle fourthing, simple past and past participle fourthed)
- (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: […]
- 1892 December 31, Talbot Baines Reed, “Tom, Dick, and Harry. A School Story.”, in The Boy’s Own Paper, volume XV, number 729, page 212, column 2:
- It was then moved, seconded, thirded, fourthed, and fifthed, “that Jarman be, and is hereby hung, and ought to be kicked.”
- Alternative form of ferthe