third order
noun Usage: often capitalized T&O Date: 1629 1. an organization composed of lay people living in secular society under a religious rule and directed by a religious order 2. a congregation especially of teaching or nursing sisters affiliated with a religious order

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  • Third order — Third Third (th[ e]rd), a. [OE. thirde, AS. [thorn]ridda, fr. [thorn]r[=i], [thorn]re[ o], three; akin to D. derde third, G. dritte, Icel. [thorn]ri[eth]i, Goth. [thorn]ridja, L. tertius, Gr. tri tos, Skr. t[.r]t[=i]ya. See {Three}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Third Order — n. [occas.t o ] an association of persons ( tertiaries) affiliated with a religious order, esp. the Dominican or Franciscan …   English World dictionary

  • Third order — The term Third Order designates persons who live according to the Third Rule of Catholic religious orders, either outside of a monastery in the world, or in a religious community.Their members, in general lay members of religious orders, i.e. men …   Wikipedia

  • third order — noun Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin tertius ordo; from the partial resemblance to an order of monks or an order of nuns : a group affiliated with a Roman Catholic religious order and comprising men and women devoted to a special rule of …   Useful english dictionary

  • Third Order — Rom. Cath. Ch. 1. a branch of a religious order whose members are lay people following the avocations of a secular life. 2. a member of a Third Order who follows its rule in the community under ordinary simple vows. * * * …   Universalium

  • Third Order — Third′ Or′der n. rel a Roman Catholic order whose members are lay people living in the secular world or sisters living under vows • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Third Order — organization of lay people connected to a religious order (Catholicism) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Third Order — /θɜd ˈɔdə/ (say therd awduh) noun Roman Catholic Church a society of laypeople attached to a religious order and observing a modified form of religious rule …   Australian English dictionary

  • Third Order of Saint Dominic — The Third Order of St. Dominic (known as Lay Fraternities of St Dominic or Lay Dominicans since 1972) is a Roman Catholic third order affiliated with the Dominican Order. Contents 1 Origin 2 Spirit 3 Reformation 4 …   Wikipedia

  • Third-order intercept point — In telecommunications, a third order intercept point (IP3 or TOI) is a measure for weakly nonlinear systems and devices, for example receivers, linear amplifiers and mixers. It is based on the idea that the device nonlinearity can be modeled… …   Wikipedia

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