Four vs Mess - What's the difference?
In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between four and mess
is that four
is (obsolete) a four-pennyworth of spirits while mess
is (obsolete) mass; church service.
As nouns the difference between four and mess
is that four
is (countable) the digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof while mess
is (obsolete) mass; church service or mess
can be a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
As a numeral four
is (cardinal) a numerical value equal to ; the number after three and before five; two plus two this many dots (••••).
As a verb mess is
to take meals with a mess.
(cardinal) A numerical value equal to ; the number after three and before five; two plus two. This many dots (••••)
- There are four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn.
Describing a set or group with four components.
- Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four —on up to sixteen.
* on all fours
* back four
* four horsemen
* four hundred
* four-leaf clover
* four-letter word
* four of a kind
* four-post bed
* four square
* four-wheel drive
* Last: three, 3
* Next: five, 5
(countable) The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
(countable) Anything measuring four units, as length.
A person who is four years old.
- Do you have any more fours ? I want to make this a little taller.
(cricket, countable) An event whereby a batsman hits a ball which bounces on the ground before passing over a boundary in the air, 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.
(rowing) Quadruple sculls.
(obsolete) A four-pennyworth of spirits.
* 1887 , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet , IV:
- I'll take the threes, fours and fives and go to the playground.
- I was a-strollin' down, thinkin' between ourselves how uncommon handy a four of gin hot would be, when suddenly the glint of a light caught my eye in the window of that same house.
(Symbols of number four in various numeral systems)
* (Arabic numerals): 4
* (Chinese numerals): ?, ?
* (Greek numerals): (uppercase) ??, (lowercase) ??
* (Roman numerals): IV or IIII
From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).
(obsolete) Mass; church service.
A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
* 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
- the wardroom mess
A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
* Eton mess
* lose the number of one's mess
* mess hall
* mess up
* Mills Mess
(label) To take meals with a mess.
(label) To belong to a mess.
(label) To eat (with others).
(label) To supply with a mess.
Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
(label) A large quantity or number.
* see also
(label) To make a mess of.
(label) To throw into confusion.
(label) To interfere.
(terms derived from "mess")
* mess around
* mess up
* mess with