- a cardinal number, 40 plus 8.
- a symbol for this number, as 48 or XLVIII.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- the forty-eight, the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.
- amounting to 48 in number.
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Examples from the Web for forty-eight
Forty-eight works from 37 artists, including 18 women, are on display, and the selection is eclectic.Pharrell’s ‘GIRLS’ Exhibit Stars...Pharrell?
May 29, 2014
Forty-eight hours before, I had been in a helicopter that was getting shot at in Iraq.Eric Greitens, Former Navy SEAL, on Helping Military Veterans
May 15, 2013
Forty-eight percent of the poll respondents said the average American consumes too many natural resources.New Poll Finds Americans Are Worried About Runaway Population Growth
February 28, 2013
Forty-eight percent say they are pro-life, while 46 percent say they are pro-choice.
Forty-eight percent of men said in a Marist poll this month that they are “very enthusiastic” about voting, the most of any group.Losing the American Dream
September 28, 2010
I leave you free to bring it me back within forty-eight hours.
We had not left New York forty-eight hours when the vessel stopped.
And so forty-eight hours were left one to prepare for the onslaught.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Permit me, I beseech you, before you go to London to send you forty-eight guineas.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Handel was forty-eight before he published any of his great works.Self-Help