Meaning of FOUR in English

FOUR

four /fɔː $ fɔːr/ BrE AmE number , noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: feower ]

1 . the number 4:

She is married with four children.

They arrived just after four (=four o'clock) .

Luke will soon be four (=four years old) .

2 . on all fours supporting your body with your hands and knees:

He was down on all fours playing with the puppy.

3 . in fours in groups of four people or things:

The boxes were stacked in fours.

⇨ ↑ foursome

4 . [countable] a hit in ↑ cricket that scores four ↑ run s because it goes over the edge of the playing area

5 . [countable] a team of four people who row a racing boat, or the boat that they row

6 . the four corners of the Earth/world literary places or countries that are very far away from each other:

People from the four corners of the world have come to Ontario to make it their home.

⇨ four ply at ↑ ply 2

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