Pronunciation: (fôr'tē āt'), [key]
1. a cardinal number, 40 plus 8.
2. a symbol for this number, as 48 or XLVIII.
3. a set of this many persons or things.
4. the forty-eight,the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.
amounting to 48 in number.
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