[fawrth, fohrth]
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  1. next after the third; being the ordinal number for four.
  2. being one of four equal parts.
  3. Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft speed is greater than that of third gear for a given engine crankshaft speed, but not so great as that of fifth gear, if such exists: fourth gear.
  1. a fourth part, especially of one (¼).
  2. the fourth member of a series.
  3. Music.
    1. a tone on the fourth degree from a given tone (counted as the first).
    2. the interval between such tones.
    3. the harmonic combination of such tones.
  4. Automotive. fourth gear: She downshifted from fifth to fourth as we started up the hill.
  5. (initial capital letter) Independence Day; the Fourth of July (usually preceded by the).
  1. in the fourth place; fourthly.

Origin of fourth

before 950; Middle English fourthe, Old English fēowertha. See four, -th2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fourth

Contemporary Examples of fourth

Historical Examples of fourth

  • On the fourth and fifth days, however, he had the reward for his caution.

  • He was the head of the school when I, the elder, was a lout in the lower fourth.


    William J. Locke

  • The "missing fourth side" of the room is a commonplace recognized by all.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • It should not be a tomb save as upon the fourth day the sepulchre in the garden!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Look here; he ain't that Roberts from the big store on Fourth Street?

British Dictionary definitions for fourth


adjective (usually prenominal)
    1. coming after the third in order, position, time, etc. Often written: 4th
    2. (as noun)the fourth in succession
  1. denoting the fourth forward ratio of a gearbox in motor vehicles
  1. music
    1. the interval between one note and another four notes away from it counting inclusively along the diatonic scale
    2. one of two notes constituting such an interval in relation to the otherSee also perfect (def. 9), interval (def. 5), diminished (def. 2)
  2. the fourth forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehiclehe changed into fourth as soon as he had passed me
  3. a less common word for quarter (def. 2)
adverb Also: fourthly
  1. after the third person, position, event, etc
sentence connector Also: fourthly
  1. as the fourth point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument
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Word Origin and History for fourth

mid-15c., alteration, by influence of four, of ferthe, from Old English feorða; see four + -th (1). Cf. Old Saxon fiortho, Old Norse fiorðe, Dutch vierde, Old High German fiordo, German vierte.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fourth in Medicine


  1. Coming after third, as in order, place, rank, time, or quality.
  2. Being the digit that is next to and on the outermost side of the third digit, as on a foot.
Related formsfourth n.
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