third
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English thridde, thirde, from Old English thridda, thirdda; akin to Latin tertius third, Greek tritos, treis three — more at three Date: before 12th century 1. a. being next after the second in place or time <
the third taxi in line
>
b. ranking next after the second of a grade or degree in authority or precedence <
served as third mate
>
c. being the forward speed or gear next higher than second especially in a motor vehicle 2. a. being one of three equal parts into which something is divisible <
a third share of the money
>
b. being the last in each group of three in a series <
take out every third card
>
third or thirdly adverb II. noun Date: 14th century 1. one of three equal parts of something <
a third of the pie
>
2. a. — see number table b. one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence <
the third in line
>
3. a. the musical interval embracing three diatonic degrees b. a tone at this interval; specifically mediant c. the harmonic combination of two tones a third apart 4. plural merchandise whose quality falls below the manufacturer's standard for seconds 5. third base 6. the third forward gear or speed especially of a motor vehicle

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  • 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. {Riding} a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Third — may refer to: 3 (number), such as the 3rd of something see also Ordinal number (linguistics) Fraction (mathematics), such as 1/3 1/60 of a second, or 1/3,600 of a minute[citation needed] Third World, economically underdeveloped nations Third… …   Wikipedia

  • third — (adj.) O.E. metathesis of þridda, from P.Gmc. *thridjas (Cf. O.Fris. thredda, O.S. thriddio, M.L.G. drudde, Du. derde, O.H.G. dritto, Ger. dritte, O.N. þriðe, Goth. þridja), from PIE *tritjos (Cf. Skt. trtiyas, Avestan thritya …   Etymology dictionary

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  • third — (thûrd) n. 1. The ordinal number matching the number three in a series. 2. One of three equal parts. 3. Music a) An interval of three degrees in a diatonic scale. b) A tone separated by three degrees from a given tone, especially the third tone… …   Word Histories

  • Third — Third, n. 1. The quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three equal parts into which anything is divided. [1913 Webster] 2. The sixtieth part of a second of time. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale; the mediant. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • third — [thʉrd] adj. [ME thirde, altered by metathesis < thridde < OE thridda < IE * tṛtiyo (< base * trei ,THREE) > L tertius, Gr tritos] 1. preceded by two others in a series; 3d or 3rd 2. next below the second in rank, power, value,… …   English World dictionary

  • third — third; third·borough; third·ings; third·ly; third·ness; …   English syllables

  • third — [θɜːd ǁ θɜːrd] adjective third half/​quarter/​period ACCOUNTING the third half, quarter etc of the financial year …   Financial and business terms

  • third — ► ORDINAL NUMBER 1) constituting number three in a sequence; 3rd. 2) (a third/one third) each of three equal parts into which something is or may be divided. 3) Music an interval spanning three consecutive notes in a diatonic scale, e.g. C to E.… …   English terms dictionary

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