American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The cardinal number equal to 2 + 1.
- n. The third in a set or sequence.
- n. Something having three parts, units, or members.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being the sum of two and one; being one more than two: a cardinal numeral.
- The writings so condemned. The edict was intended to reconcile the Monophysites to the church by seeming to imply a partial disapproval of the Council of Chalcedon, which had admitted Theodoret and Ibas, after giving explanations, to communion.
- n. A number the sum of two and one.
- n. A symbol representing three units, as 3, III, or iii.
- n. A playing-card bearing three spots or pips.
- n. cardinal A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as 3; This many dots (•••).
- n. Describing a set or group with three components.
- n. The digit/figure 3.
- n. Anything measuring three units, as length.
- n. A person who is three years old.
- n. The playing card featuring three pips.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. One more than two; two and one.
- n. The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects.
- n. A symbol representing three units, as 3 or iii.
- n. one of four playing cards in a deck having three pips
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
- adj. being one more than two
- From Middle English, from Old English þrī, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English thrī. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“There were at least three fire engines -- why _three?”
“Chin was eventually subdivided into three statelets: Mahan, Chinhan, and Pynhan (known collectively as Samhan or the three Hans).”
“In these three sentences the word _Paul_ has _three different uses_.”
“Who does not remember that defense of Drewry's Bluff when Eben Farrand had only three gunboat crews and _three hastily mounted guns_, with which to drive back the heavy fleet that knew Richmond city lay helpless at its mercy?”
“But in such cases, ūnī (not singulī) is regularly employed for _one_, and trīnī (not ternī) for three; as, -- ūnae litterae, _one epistle_; trīnae litterae, _three epistles_.”
“~ -- For ~two~ new subscribers, we will give a beautiful GLOBE three inches in diameter; for ~three~, a GLOBE four inches in diameter; for ~five~, a GLOBE six inches in diameter.”
“~ -- For ~two~ new subscribers, we will give a beautiful Globe three inches in diameter; for ~three~, a Globe four inches in diameter; for ~five~, a Globe six inches in diameter, ~PRANG'S CHROMOS~ will be given as premiums at publisher's prices.”
“With this gear-drill-stock, upon a larger ring, one inch in diameter and three eighths of an inch in width, in a groove upon its periphery one fourth of an inch in width, and across the sides of the ring in two directions, I wound _three thousand four hundred and eighty-four yards_, or _nearly two miles, of silk_.”
“If we represent a unit by one dot and put round it three dots in such a way that the four form the corners of a square, _three_ is the first gnomon.”
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