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