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Webster 1913 Edition


Three

Three

(thrē)
,
Adj.
[OE.
þre
,
þreo
,
þri
, AS.
þrī
, masc.,
þreó
, fem. and neut.; akin to OFries.
thre
, OS.
thria
,
threa
, D.
drie
, G.
drei
, OHG.
drī
, Icel.
þrīr
, Dan. & Sw.
tre
, Goth.
þreis
, Lith.
trys
, Ir., Gael. & W.
tri
, Russ.
tri
, L.
tres
, Gr.
τρεῖς
, Skr.
tri
. √301. Cf. 3d
Drilling
,
Tern
,
Adj.
,
Third
,
Thirteen
,
Thirty
,
Tierce
,
Trey
,
Tri-
,
Triad
,
Trinity
,
Tripod
.]
One more than two; two and one.
“I offer thee three things.”
2 Sam. xxiv. 12.
Three
solemn aisles approach the shrine.
Keble.
Three
is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into, composed of, or containing, three parts, portions, organs, or the like; as,
three
-branched,
three
-capsuled,
three
-celled,
three
-cleft,
three
-edged,
three
-foot,
three
-footed,
three
-forked,
three
-grained,
three
-headed,
three
-legged,
three
-mouthed,
three
-nooked,
three
-petaled,
three
-pronged,
three
-ribbed,
three
-seeded,
three
-stringed,
three
-toed, and the like.

Three

,
Noun.
1.
The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects.
2.
A symbol representing three units, as 3 or iii.
Rule of three
.
(Arith.)
See under
Rule
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Three

THREE

,
Adj.
[L. tres.]
1.
Two and one.
I offer thee three things. 2 Sam. 24.
2.
It is often used like other adjectives, without the noun to which it refers.
Abishai--attained not to the first three. 2 Sam.23.
3.
Proverbially, a small number.
Away, thou three-inched fool. [I believe obsolete.]

Definition 2021


three

three

English

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

Alternative forms

Numeral

three

  1. (cardinal) A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as 3; this many dots (•••).
  2. (of a set or group) Having three elements.

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Translations

See also

  • Table of cardinal numbers 0 to 9 in various languages

Noun

three (plural threes)

  1. The digit/figure 3.
  2. Anything measuring three units, as length.
    Put all the threes in a separate container.
  3. A person who is three years old.
    All the threes will go in Mrs. Smith's class, while I'll take the fours and fives.
  4. The playing card featuring three pips.
  5. (basketball) Abbreviation of three-pointer.

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Derived terms

See also

Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
eight nine ten jack queen king joker

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: took · nothing · God · #164: three · put · once · new

Anagrams


Manx

Etymology

From Old Irish trí, from Proto-Celtic *trīs, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /t̪riː/

Numeral

three

  1. (cardinal) three

References

  • trí” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.