Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The ordinal number matching the number three in a series.
  • n. One of three equal parts.
  • n. Music An interval of three degrees in a diatonic scale.
  • n. Music A tone separated by three degrees from a given tone, especially the third tone of a scale.
  • n. The transmission gear or gear ratio used to produce forward speeds next higher to those of second in a motor vehicle.
  • n. Baseball Third base.
  • n. Merchandise whose quality is below the standard set for seconds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The ordinal form of the cardinal number three; Coming after the second.
  • n. The person or thing in the third position.
  • n. One of three equal parts of a whole.
  • n. The third gear of an engine.
  • n. An interval consisting of the first and third notes in a scale.
  • n. third base
  • n. 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.
  • v. To agree with a proposition or statement after it has already been seconded.
  • v. To divide into three equal parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Next after the second; coming after two others; -- the ordinal of three.
  • adj. Constituting or being one of three equal parts into which anything is divided.
  • n. The quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three equal parts into which anything is divided.
  • n. The sixtieth part of a second of time.
  • n. The third tone of the scale; the mediant.
  • n. The third part of the estate of a deceased husband, which, by some local laws, the widow is entitled to enjoy during her life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In golf, a handicap allowance equivalent to one stroke at every third hole; an allowance of six strokes in eighteen holes.
  • Next after the second: an ordinal numeral.
  • Being one of three equal subdivisions: as, the third part of anything.
  • n. One of three equal parts into which a unit or total may be divided.
  • n. plural In English and American law, the third part of the husband's personal property, which goes to the widow absolutely in the case of his dying intestate leaving a child or descendant, given (with various qualifications) by the common law and by modern statutes.
  • n. The sixtieth of a second of time or arc.
  • n. In music: A tone on the third degree above or below a given tone; the next tone but one in a diatonic series.
  • n. The interval between any tone and a tone on the third degree above or below it.
  • n. The harmonic combination of two tones at the interval thus defined.
  • n. In a scale, the third tone from the bottom; the mediant: solmizated mi.
  • n. In base-ball, same as third base. See baseball, 1.
  • To work at or treat a third time: as, to third turnips (that is, to hoe them a third time).
  • n. Thread.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. following the second position in an ordering or series
  • n. the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball
  • n. one of three equal parts of a divisible whole
  • adj. coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position
  • n. the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it
  • n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the third of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
  • n. the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle
  • adv. in the third place

Etymologies

Middle English thridde, therdde, third, from Old English thridda.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English þridda (Wiktionary)

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