- an automobile powered by a four-cylinder engine.
- the engine itself.
Origin of four
Examples from the Web for four
There are four photos there of representative presidential candidates.
Four weeks after the injections, all 20 of the participants had developed the antibodies needed to stave off the infection.
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.
The injunction, she argued, only applies to these four plaintiffs—not to anyone else.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Each CAP, also known as an “orbit,” consists on four aircraft.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As I have already said, we had made four oars, but our boat was so small that only two were necessary.The Coral Island|R. M. Ballantyne
In Saugor the marriage-post is often a four-sided wooden frame or a pillar with four pieces of wood suspended from it.
No one of the members of these four classes is known to possess vibratile cilia.Marvels of Pond-life|Henry J. Slack
The table was placed under a stairway, just room for the four of us.The Greater Love|George T. McCarthy
There was no one left at home that day but a girl fourteen years old and her four younger brothers.Once Upon A Time In Connecticut|Caroline Clifford Newton
British Dictionary definitions for four
- a shot that crosses the boundary after hitting the ground
- the four runs scored for such a shot
- a racing shell propelled by four oarsmen pulling one oar each, with or without a cox
- the crew of such a shell
- amounting to fourfour thousand eggs; four times
- (as pronoun)four are ready
Word Origin for four
Word Origin and History for four
Old English feower, from Proto-Germanic *petwor- (cf. Old Saxon fiwar, Old Frisian fiuwer, Frankish *fitter-, Dutch and German vier, Old Norse fjorir, Danish fire, Swedish fyra, Gothic fidwor "four"), from PIE *kwetwer- "four" (cf. Sanskrit catvarah, Avestan čathwaro, Persian čatvar, Greek tessares, Latin quattuor, Oscan petora, Old Church Slavonic četyre, Lithuanian keturi, Old Irish cethir, Welsh pedwar). The phonetic evolution of the Germanic forms has not been fully explained.
Slang four-eyes "person who wears glasses" first recorded 1874. Four-letter word first attested 1934; four-letter man, however, is recorded from 1923 (as a euphemism for a shit). A four-in-hand (1793) was a carriage with four horses driven by one person; in the sense of "loosely tied necktie" it is attested from 1892. To study The History of the Four Kings (1760, cf. French Livres des Quatre Rois) contains euphemistic slang phrase for "a pack of cards" from the time when card-playing was considered a wicked pastime for students. Slang 4-1-1 "essential information" (by 1993) is from the telephone number called to get customer information.
Idioms and Phrases with four
In addition to the idioms beginning with four
- four corners of the earth, the
- between you and me and (the four walls)
- on all fours