Definition of fourth position in English:

fourth position


  • 1Ballet
    A posture in which the feet are placed turned outwards one in front of the other, separated by the distance of one step.

    • ‘He opens the door in tights, a cashmere sweater jauntily tied around his neck, his feet in a very good fourth position.’
    • ‘Preparations for pirouettes are disguised by making them quicker without sitting in the plié - the back leg is straight in fourth position.’
    • ‘He produces explosiveness by establishing a solid foundation from which to work - deep plies; cross-braced, turned-out fourth positions; wound-up bodies that unfurl a vortex of energy.’
    1. 1.1 A position of the arms in which one is held curved over the head and the other curved in front of the body at waist level.
  • 2Music
    A position of the left hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument nearer to the bridge than the third position, enabling a higher set of notes to be played.

    • ‘There are many fewer preparations for second and fourth position than for third and fifth.’
    • ‘Yes she has learnt fourth position but I think what her teacher wants is now to get her used to playing extensions in first positions.’
    • ‘It is the first note to be sharp in the seventh, third, sixth, second, fifth, first and fourth positions.’