from The Century Dictionary.
- To do for the third time.
- In gunnery, to examine, as a piece of artillery, or the thickness of its metal, to test its strength. This is usually done with a pair of caliper compasses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb Obs. & R. To do or perform for the third time.
- transitive verb (Gun.) To examine, as the thickness of the metal at the muzzle of a gun; or, in general, to examine the thickness of, as ordnance, in order to ascertain its strength.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Reduceby one third; especially, killone third of (a groupof people).
- verb rare, obsolete To do or perform for the third time.
- verb firearms To
examine, as the thicknessof the metalat the muzzleof a gun; or, in general, to examine the thickness of, as ordnance, in order to ascertain its strength.
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Our old author tells us that the people would 'leap from rock to rock, sometimes making ten Fathoms deep at one Leap, in this manner: First they _tertiate_ their Lances, which are about the bigness of a Half-Pike, and aim with the Point at any piece of a Rock upon which they intend to light, sometimes not half