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[fawr-tee-eyt] /ˈfɔr tiˈeɪt/
a cardinal number, 40 plus 8.
a symbol for this number, as 48 or XLVIII.
a set of this many persons or things.
the forty-eight, the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.
amounting to 48 in number. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forty-eight
  • Those ten persons, therefore, could make among them upwards of forty-eight thousand pins in a day.
  • The railways reduced this journey for any ordinary traveller to less than forty-eight hours.
  • The operating crews began a forty-eight-hour test at full power to obtain important physics information.
  • forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life.
  • He liked the precision of that-all his friends were forty-eight.
  • The reading is expected to take about forty-eight hours.
  • forty-eight of the children who died, or about two-thirds of the total, were infants and toddlers.
  • Life expectancy in the typical poor country has risen from forty-eight years to sixty-eight years over the past four decades.
  • She shows up in the last two acts to speak only forty-eight lines.
Slang definitions & phrases for forty-eight



A weekend pass (WWII Navy)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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