four-way [fawr-wey, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. providing access or passage in four directions: a four-way entrance.
  2. applying to all four directions of traffic at an intersection: a four-way stop sign.
  3. exerting influence or benefit in four different ways: a four-way blessing.
  4. made up of four participants: a four-way discussion.

Origin of four-way First recorded in 1815–25 Examples from the Web for four-way Contemporary Examples of four-way

  • In a four-way race with very credible candidates, a runoff is almost guaranteed, but what matters is which candidates participate.

    Primary Color Battle Begins in Lone Star State

    Ben Jacobs

    March 4, 2014

  • Anderson tells his tales with a great deal of surprisingly original material aided by his four-way narrative.

    T.E. Lawrence Rides Again in Scott Anderson’s New History

    Melik Kaylan

    August 7, 2013

  • Post-dictatorship Egypt now finds itself at a four-way crossroads.

    Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers?

    Hussein Ibish

    July 1, 2013

  • Many liberals were rooting for a Tea Party triumph in the four-way Wisconsin Republican Senate primary last Tuesday night.

    Tammy Baldwin’s Bid to Become U.S. Senate’s First Out Lesbian

    Michelle Goldberg

    August 20, 2012

  • Mrs. Young told of a four-way call between the Youngs, Hunter, and the presidential candidate in early 2007.

    Cheri Young Tells the Edwards Jury of Her Ordeal

    Diane Dimond

    May 1, 2012

  • Historical Examples of four-way

  • The cylinder was let down into the boiler; it worked with a four-way cock.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)

    Francis Trevithick

  • The easiest method of testing the Three- and Four-way circuits explained.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag

  • The first pull of the chain turns on the gas through a four-way gas-cock, governed by a ratchet-wheel and pawl.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity

    Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John

  • The conduits for telephone and telegraph service were four-way, and were located in the core-wall.

    Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910

    James H. Brace and Francis Mason

  • A four-way cock near the top of the cylinder turned the steam on and off.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)

    Francis Trevithick

  • British Dictionary definitions for four-way four-way adjective (usually prenominal)

    1. giving passage in four directions
    2. made up of four elements

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