Four vs Mess - What's the difference?

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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.

four

English

(wikipedia four)

Numeral

(head)
  • (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.
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  • Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four —on up to sixteen.
  • Describing a set or group with four components.
  • Derived terms

    * on all fours * back four * four-bagger * four-ball * four-by-four/ * four-color/four-colour * four-dimensional * four-eyes * four-flush * fourfold * fourfooted/four-footed * four-handed * four horsemen * four hundred * four-in-hand * four-leaf clover * four-letter word * fourling * four-o'clock * four of a kind * four-on-the-floor * fourpence * fourpenny * fourplex * four-post bed * four-poster * four-pounder * fourscore * foursquare * four square * foursome * four-star * four-wheel drive * four-wheeler * two-by-four

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    * Last: three, 3 * Next: five, 5

    Noun

  • (countable) The digit or figure 4; an occurrence thereof.
  • (countable) Anything measuring four units, as length.
  • Do you have any more fours ? I want to make this a little taller.
  • A person who is four years old.
  • I'll take the threes, fours and fives and go to the playground.
  • (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 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.

    See also

    (four) * (Symbols of number four in various numeral systems) * (Arabic numerals): 4 * (Chinese numerals): ?, ? * (Greek numerals): (uppercase) ??, (lowercase) ?? * (Roman numerals): IV or IIII

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    mess

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).

    Noun

    (es)
  • (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.
  • * Milton
  • At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
  • 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.
  • the wardroom mess
  • * 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
  • But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
  • A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
  • (Latimer)
  • (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
  • Derived terms
    * Eton mess * lose the number of one's mess * mess hall * mess up * Mills Mess

    Verb

  • (label) To take meals with a mess.
  • (label) To belong to a mess.
  • (label) To eat (with others).
  • (label) To supply with a mess.
  • Etymology 2

    Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".

    Noun

    (-)
  • A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
  • (label) A large quantity or number.
  • (label) Excrement.
  • Synonyms
    * see also

    Verb

    (es)
  • (label) To make a mess of.
  • (label) To throw into confusion.
  • (label) To interfere.
  • Derived terms
    (terms derived from "mess") * messy * mess around * mess up * mess with

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