quaternary

See also: Quaternary

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EtymologyEdit

From the Latin quaternārius ‎(containing or consisting of four), from quaternī ‎(four each”, “four at a time) + -ārius (whence the English suffix -ary); compare the French quaternaire.

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quaternary ‎(not comparable)

  1. Of fourth rank or order.
    the quaternary stress in a pronounced word
  2. Of a mathematical expression containing e.g. x4.

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The etymologically correct fourth ordinal from Latin (following tertiary) is quartary, but quaternary (from the distributive number instead) is common, particularly in biology.

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