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Webster 1913 Edition


Third

Third

(thẽrd)
,
Adj.
[OE.
thirde
, AS.
þridda
, fr.
þrī
,
þreó
, three; akin to D.
derde
third, G.
dritte
, Icel.
þriði
, Goth.
þridja
, L.
tertius
, Gr.
τρίτος
, Skr.
tṛtīya
. See
Three
, and cf.
Riding
a jurisdiction,
Tierce
.]
1.
Next after the second; coming after two others; – the ordinal of three;
as, the
third
hour in the day
.
“The third night.”
Chaucer.
2.
Constituting or being one of three equal parts into which anything is divided;
as, the
third
part of a day
.
Third estate
.
(a)
In England, the commons, or the commonalty, who are represented in Parliament by the House of Commons.
(b)
In France, the tiers état.
See
Tiers état
.
Third order
(R. C. Ch.)
,
an order attached to a monastic order, and comprising men and women devoted to a rule of pious living, called the third rule, by a simple vow if they remain seculars, and by more solemn vows if they become regulars. See
Tertiary
,
Noun.
, 1.
Third person
(Gram.)
,
the person spoken of. See
Person
,
Noun.
, 7.
Third sound
.
(Mus.)
See
Third
,
Noun.
, 3.

Third

,
Noun.
1.
The quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three equal parts into which anything is divided.
2.
The sixtieth part of a second of time.
3.
(Mus.)
The third tone of the scale; the mediant.
4.
pl.
(Law)
The third part of the estate of a deceased husband, which, by some local laws, the widow is entitled to enjoy during her life.
Major third
(Mus.)
,
an interval of two tones.
Minor third
(Mus.)
,
an interval of a tone and a half.

Webster 1828 Edition


Third

THIRD

,
Adj.
thurd. [L. tertius.] The first after the second; the ordinal of three. The third hour in the day among the ancients, was nine o'clock in the morning.
Third estate, in the British nation, is the commons; or in the legislature, the house of commons.
Third order, among the Catholics,is a sort of religious order that observes the same rule and the same manner of life in proportion as some other two orders previously instituted; as the third order of Franciscans, instituted by St. Francis in 1221.
Third point or tierce point, in architecture,the point of section in the vertex of an equilateral triangle.
Third rate, in navies. A third rate ship carries from 64 to 80 guns.
Third sound, in music. See the noun Third.

THIRD

,
Noun.
thurd. The third part of any thing. A man takes land and tills it for one third of the produce; the owner taking two thirds.
1.
The sixtieth part of a second of time.
2.
In music, an interval containing three diatonic sounds; the major composed to two tones, called by the Greeks ditone, and the minor called hemiditone, consisting of a tone and a half.

Definition 2022


third

third

English

English numbers
30
 <  2 3 4  > 
    Cardinal : three
    Ordinal : third
    Adverbial : thrice
    Multiplier : triple

Adjective

third (not comparable)

  1. The ordinal form of the cardinal number three; Coming after the second.
    The third tree from the left is my favorite.

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For abbreviations, please see 3rd

Noun

third (countable and uncountable, plural thirds)

  1. The person or thing in the third position.
    Jones came in third.
  2. One of three equal parts of a whole.
    He ate a third of the pie. Divided by two-thirds.
  3. (uncountable) The third gear of a gearbox.
    Now put it into third.
  4. (music) An interval consisting of the first and third notes in a scale.
    They sing in thirds.
  5. (baseball) third base
    The play ended with Jones standing on third.
  6. (archaic) One sixtieth of a second, i.e., the third in a series of fractional parts in a sexagesimal number system. Also formerly known as a tierce.

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Verb

third (third-person singular simple present thirds, present participle thirding, simple past and past participle thirded)

  1. To agree with a proposition or statement after it has already been seconded.
  2. To divide into three equal parts.

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