# Fourth vs. Four — What's the Difference?

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#### Fourth

The ordinal number matching the number four in a series.
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The cardinal number equal to 3 + 1.
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#### Fourth

One of four equal parts.
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The fourth in a set or sequence.
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A tone four degrees above or below a given tone in a diatonic scale.
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Something having four parts, units, or members, such as a musical quartet or a four-cylinder engine.
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The interval between two such tones.
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A numerical value equal to 4; the number after three and before five; two plus two. This many dots (••••)
There are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn.
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The harmonic combination of these tones.
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Describing a set or group with four elements.
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The subdominant of a scale or key.
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#### Four

(countable) The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
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The transmission gear or gear ratio used to produce forward speeds next higher to those of third in a motor vehicle.
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(countable) Anything measuring four units, as length.
Do you have any more fours? I want to make this a little taller.
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#### Fourth

Fourth The Fourth of July; Independence Day. Used with the
Went to a parade on the Fourth.
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A person who is four years old.
I'll take the threes, fours and fives and go to the playground.
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The ordinal form of the number four.
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#### Four

An event in which the batsmen run four times between the wickets or, more often, a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary, resulting in an award of 4 runs for the batting team. If the ball does not bounce before passing over the boundary, a six is awarded instead.
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(singular) The person or thing in the fourth position.
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A power forward.
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A quarter, one of four equal parts of a whole.
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(rowing) Four-man sweep racing shell, with or without a coxswain.
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(singular) The fourth gear of an engine.
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The shell itself.
The team bought a new four last season.
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(music) A musical interval which spans four degrees of the diatonic scale, for example C to F (C D E F).
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The crew rowing in a four boat.
Our four won both races.
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(informal) To agree with a proposition or statement after it has already been thirded.
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(colloquial) A regatta event for four boats.
We got third place in the varsity four.
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Next in order after the third; the ordinal of four.
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(obsolete) A four-pennyworth of spirits.
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Forming one of four equal parts into which anything may be divided.
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One more than three; twice two.
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One of four equal parts into which one whole may be divided; the quotient of a unit divided by four.
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#### Four

The sum of four units; four units or objects.
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The interval of two tones and a semitone, embracing four diatonic degrees of the scale; the subdominant of any key.
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#### Four

A symbol representing four units, as 4 or iv.
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One coming next in order after the third.
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Four things of the same kind, esp. four horses; as, a chariot and four.
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Following the third position; number four in a countable series
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The cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
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One of four equal parts;
A quarter of a pound
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Being one more than three
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The musical interval between one note and another four notes away from it
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Coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude;
The quaternary period of geologic time extends from the end of the tertiary period to the present
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#### Fourth

In the fourth place;
Fourthly, you must pay the rent on the first of the month
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