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All fours

  • noun card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
    high-low-jack.
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  • . See All fours, in the Vocabulary.
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california four o'clock

  • noun California four o'clock with purple-red flowers
    Mirabilis laevis; Mirabilis californica.
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coach-and-four

  • noun a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
    coach; coach-and-four.
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colorado four o'clock

  • noun wildflower having vibrant deep pink tubular evening-blooming flowers; found in sandy and desert areas from southern California to southern Colorado and into Mexico
    Colorado four o'clock; maravilla; Mirabilis multiflora.
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common four-o'clock

  • noun common garden plant of North America having fragrant red or purple or yellow or white flowers that open in late afternoon
    marvel-of-Peru; Mirabilis uniflora; Mirabilis jalapa.
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desert four o'clock

  • noun wildflower having vibrant deep pink tubular evening-blooming flowers; found in sandy and desert areas from southern California to southern Colorado and into Mexico
    Colorado four o'clock; maravilla; Mirabilis multiflora.
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eighty-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than eighty
    84; lxxxiv.
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Estoile of four points

  • . Same as Cross estoilé, under Cross.
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fifty-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than fifty
    liv; 54.
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forty-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than forty
    44; xliv.
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four flush

  • noun the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards
    bluff.
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four horsemen

  • noun (New Testament) the four evils that will come at the end of the world: conquest rides a white horse; war a red horse; famine a black horse; plague a pale horse
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four hundred

  • noun the exclusive social set of a city
  • adjective satellite being one hundred more than three hundred
    cd; 400.
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four o'clock

  • noun any of several plants of the genus Mirabilis having flowers that open in late afternoon
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four times

  • adverb by a factor of four
    fourfold.
    • the price of gasoline has increased fourfold over the past two years
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four-card monte

  • noun a gambling card game of Spanish origin; 3 or 4 cards are dealt face up and players bet that one of them will be matched before the others as the cards are dealt from the pack one at a time
    three-card monte; monte.
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four-centered arch

  • noun a low elliptical or pointed arch; usually drawn from four centers
    Tudor arch.
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four-cornered

Four"-cor`nered adjective
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  1. Having four corners or angles.
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four-dimensional

  • adjective satellite involving or relating to the fourth dimension or time
    4-dimensional.
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four-flusher

  • noun a person who tries to bluff other people
    bluffer.
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four-fold

  • adjective satellite having four units or components
    fourfold; quadruplicate; quadruple; quadruplex.
    • quadruple rhythm has four beats per measure
    • quadruplex wire
  • adjective satellite four times as great or many
    fourfold; quadruple.
    • a fourfold increase in the dosage
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four-footed

  • adjective having four feet
    quadruped; quadrupedal.
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four-footed butterfly

  • noun medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
    brush-footed butterfly; nymphalid butterfly; nymphalid.
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four-four time

  • noun a time signature indicating four beats to the bar
    common time; quadruple time; common measure.
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four-hitter

  • noun a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
    4-hitter.
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four-hundredth

  • adjective satellite the ordinal number of four hundred in counting order
    400th.
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four-in-hand

  • noun a long necktie that is tied in a slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other
  • noun a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
    coach; coach-and-four.
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Four"-in-hand adjective
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  1. Consisting of four horses controlled by one person; as, a four-in-hand team; drawn by four horses driven by one person; as, a four-in-hand coach. -- n. A team of four horses driven by one person; also, a vehicle drawn by such a team.
    As quaint a four-in-hand As you shall see. Tennyson.
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four-lane

  • adjective satellite having two lanes for traffic in each direction
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four-letter anglo-saxon word

  • noun any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive
    four-letter Anglo-Saxon word.
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four-letter word

  • noun any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive
    four-letter Anglo-Saxon word.
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four-lined leaf bug

  • noun yellow or orange leaf bug with four black stripes down the back; widespread in central and eastern North America
    Poecilocapsus lineatus; four-lined leaf bug.
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four-lined plant bug

  • noun yellow or orange leaf bug with four black stripes down the back; widespread in central and eastern North America
    Poecilocapsus lineatus; four-lined leaf bug.
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four-lobed

  • adjective satellite having four lobes
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four-membered

  • adjective satellite of a chemical compound having a ring with four members
    4-membered.
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four-minute man

  • noun someone who has run the mile in less that 4 minutes
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four-needled

  • adjective satellite (of conifers) having four needles
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four-o'clock

Four"-o'clock` noun
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Mirabilis. There are about half a dozen species, natives of the warmer parts of America. The common four-o'clock is M. Jalapa. Its flowers are white, yellow, and red, and open toward sunset, or earlier in cloudy weather; hence the name. It is also called marvel of Peru, and afternoon lady.
  2. (Zoöl.) The friar bird; -- so called from its cry, which resembles these words.
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four-o'clock family

  • noun a family of flowering plants of the order Caryophyllales
    Allioniaceae; family Nyctaginaceae; family Allioniaceae; Nyctaginaceae.
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four-part harmony

  • noun harmony in which each chord has four notes that create four melodic lines
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four-party

  • adjective satellite involving four parties
    quadripartite.
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four-petaled

  • adjective satellite (of flowers) having four petals
    four-petaled.
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four-petalled

  • adjective satellite (of flowers) having four petals
    four-petaled.
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four-ply

  • adjective satellite having a thickness made up of four layers or strands
    • four-ply yarns
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four-poster

  • noun a bed with posts at the four corners that can be used to support a canopy or curtains
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Four"-post`er noun
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  1. A large bedstead with tall posts at the corners to support curtains. Colloq.
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four-pounder

  • noun an artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds
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four-pronged

  • adjective satellite having four prongs
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four-sided

  • adjective satellite having four sides
    quadrilateral.
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four-spot

  • noun a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
    four.
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four-stroke engine

  • noun an internal-combustion engine in which an explosive mixture is drawn into the cylinder on the first stroke and is compressed and ignited on the second stroke; work is done on the third stroke and the products of combustion are exhausted on the fourth stroke
    four-stroke engine.
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four-stroke internal-combustion engine

  • noun an internal-combustion engine in which an explosive mixture is drawn into the cylinder on the first stroke and is compressed and ignited on the second stroke; work is done on the third stroke and the products of combustion are exhausted on the fourth stroke
    four-stroke engine.
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four-tailed bandage

  • noun a bandage consisting of a strip of cloth split in two on both ends; the central part is placed under the chin to restrict motion of the mandible and the tails are tied over the top of the head
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four-way

Four"-way` adjective
Definitions
  1. Allowing passage in either of four directions; as, a four-way cock, or valve. Francis.
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four-wheel

  • adjective of or relating to vehicles with four wheels
    four-wheel; four-wheeled.
    • a four-wheel drive
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four-wheel drive

  • noun a motor vehicle with a four-wheel drive transmission system
    4WD.
  • noun a transmission that provides power directly to all four wheels of a motor vehicle
    4WD.
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four-wheeled

  • adjective of or relating to vehicles with four wheels
    four-wheel; four-wheeled.
    • a four-wheel drive
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Four"-wheeled` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having four wheels.
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four-wheeler

  • noun a hackney carriage with four wheels
  • adjective of or relating to vehicles with four wheels
    four-wheel; four-wheeled.
    • a four-wheel drive
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Four"-wheel`er noun
Definitions
  1. A vehicle having four wheels. Colloq.
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four-wing flying fish

  • noun having both pectoral and pelvic fins enlarged
    biplane flying fish.
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four-year-old

  • adjective satellite four years of age
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mountain four o'clock

  • noun leafy wildflower with lavender-pink flowers that open in the evening and remain through cool part of the next day; found in open woods or brush in mountains of southern Colorado to Arizona and into Mexico
    Mirabilis oblongifolia.
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ninety-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than ninety
    xciv; 94.
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on all fours

  • adverb on hands and knees
    • he got down on all fours to play with his grandson
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petit four

  • noun small (individual) frosted and ornamented cake
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plus fours

  • noun men's baggy knickers hanging below the knees; formerly worn for sports (especially golf)
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seventy-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than seventy
    74; lxxiv.
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Sev`en*ty-four" noun
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  1. (Naut.) A naval vessel carrying seventy-four guns.
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sixty-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than sixty
    64; lxiv.
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Space of four dimensions

  • as imaginary kind of extension, which is assumed to have length, breadth, thickness, and also a fourth imaginary dimension. Space of five or six, or more dimensions is also sometimes assumed in mathematics.
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sweet four o'clock

  • noun leafy wildflower having fragrant slender white or pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers; southwestern United States and northern Mexico
    maravilla; Mirabilis longiflora.
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The four Orders, The Orders four

  • the four orders of mendicant friars. See Friar. Chaucer.
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thirty-four

  • adjective satellite being four more than thirty
    xxxiv; 34.
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To be, go, or run, on all fours

  • (Fig.), to be on the same footing; to correspond (with) exactly; to be alike in all the circumstances to be considered. "This example is on all fours with the other." "No simile can go on all fours." Macaulay.
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To go all fours

  • to correspond exactly, point for point.
    It is not easy to make a simile go on all fours. Macaulay.
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trailing four o'clock

  • noun trailing plant having crowded clusters of 3 brilliant deep pink flowers resembling a single flower blooming near the ground; found in dry gravelly or sandy soil; southwestern United States and Mexico
    trailing windmills; Allionia incarnata.
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twenty-four

  • noun the cardinal number that is the sum of twenty-three and one
    24; XXIV; two dozen.
  • adjective satellite being four more than twenty
    24; xxiv.
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twenty-four hour period

  • noun time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
    mean solar day; twenty-four hour period; solar day; day; 24-hour interval.
    • two days later they left
    • they put on two performances every day
    • there are 30,000 passengers per day
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twenty-four hours

  • noun time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
    mean solar day; twenty-four hour period; solar day; day; 24-hour interval.
    • two days later they left
    • they put on two performances every day
    • there are 30,000 passengers per day
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two-by-four

  • noun a timber measuring (slightly under) 2 inches by 4 inches in cross section
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