Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Language: Old English
Origin: feower

four

number, noun
     
Related topics: Numbers
four
1HMN 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 runs 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 ply2

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary