third

Definitions

  • Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
    Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj third coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position
    • adv third in the third place "third we must consider unemployment"
    • n third 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) "he is playing third"
    • n third the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball "he was cut down on a close play at third"
    • n third the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle "you shouldn't try to start in third gear"
    • n third the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it "a simple harmony written in major thirds"
    • n third one of three equal parts of a divisible whole "it contains approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
    • n third following the second position in an ordering or series "a distant third","he answered the first question willingly, the second reluctantly, and the third with resentment"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Third stanza, surrounded by branches Third stanza, surrounded by branches
Going down for the third time Going down for the third time
Third rail power system Third rail power system

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Two-thirds of Canadians live in Quebec and Ontario
    • Third Constituting or being one of three equal parts into which anything is divided; as, the third part of a day.
    • Third Next after the second; coming after two others; -- the ordinal of three; as, the third hour in the day. "The third night."
    • Third The quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three equal parts into which anything is divided.
    • Third The sixtieth part of a second of time.
    • Third (Law) The third part of the estate of a deceased husband, which, by some local laws, the widow is entitled to enjoy during her life.
    • Third (Mus) The third tone of the scale; the mediant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the UK, one third of accidental deaths that happen occur in the home
    • n third In golf, a handicap allowance equivalent to one stroke at every third hole; an allowance of six strokes in eighteen holes.
    • third Next after the second: an ordinal numeral.
    • third Being one of three equal subdivisions: as, the third part of anything.
    • n third One of three equal parts into which a unit or total may be divided.
    • n third 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. The word is sometimes, however, loosely used as synonymous with dower, to denote her right to one third of the real property for life.
    • n third The sixtieth of a second of time or arc.
    • n third In music: A tone on the third degree above or below a given tone; the next tone but one in a diatonic series.
    • n third The interval between any tone and a tone on the third degree above or below it.
    • n third The harmonic combination of two tones at the interval thus defined.
    • n third In a scale, the third tone from the bottom; the mediant: solmizated mi. The typical interval of the third is that between the first and third tones of a major scale, which is acoustically represented by the ratio 4:5. Such a third is called major; a third a half-step shorter is called minor or lesser; and one two half-steps shorter is called diminished. Major and minor thirds are classed as consonances; diminished thirds as dissonances. In ancient and in early medieval music, however, the major third was dissonant, because tuned according to the Pythagorean system, so as to have the ratio 64:81; such a third is called Pythagorean. The interval of the third is highly important harmonically, since it determines the major or minor character of triads. See triad and chord.
    • n third In base-ball, same as third base. See baseball, 1.
    • third To work at or treat a third time: as, to third turnips (that is, to hoe them a third time).
    • n third Thread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Two thirds of all left-handed people are men.
    • adj Third thėrd the last of three
    • n Third one of three equal parts:
    • n Third (golf) a handicap of a stroke every third hole
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Quotations

  • H. G. Bohn
    H. G. Bohn
    “Boldness is business is the first, second, and third thing.”
  • James A. Michener
    James A. Michener
    “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.”
  • Gaelic Proverb
    Gaelic Proverb
    “Assurance is two-thirds of success.”
  • Guy Finley
    Guy Finley
    “A crisis is a close encounter of the third kind.”
  • Christie Brinkley
    Christie Brinkley
    “I have a feeling this is destiny. [On the eve of her third marriage]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thirde, AS. þridda, fr. þrī, þreó, three; akin to D. derde, third, G. dritte, Icel. þriði, Goth. þridja, L. tertius, Gr. tri`tos, Skr. tṛtīya,. See Three, and cf. Riding a jurisdiction, Tierce

Usage

In literature:

Smith, Forty-third and Sixty-third Ohio.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
To do this daring deed, Henry Butler, of Company C, Third New York Cavalry, volunteered.
"Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862" by W. W. Howe
Upon reflection, I will offer a third: That a motion to strike out and insert shall not be divided.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The latter are usually one, or one and one-third fares for the round trip.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
This third period extends to our own times.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Thirdly, because large swarms may be easily divided.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
That paper makes me one-third owner of the San Pablo.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
And you know what the little old Woman had done to the third chair.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
It was on his return from one of these expeditions that Henry Frohman was greeted with the tidings that a third son had come to bear his name.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Just across Third street was the home of the Examiner, seven stories high, with a frontage of 100 feet on Market street.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
A reverse process is used to return the object to the third.
"Hellhounds of the Cosmos" by Clifford Donald Simak
A minute later he stole third, sliding feet first into the bag and narrowly escaping the ball in the third baseman's hand.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
In other words, we may say that one-third of the movement of precession is due to the sun, and two-thirds to the moon.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The third was by armed conquest.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Mechanics, third caste in Egypt, 47, 48. third caste in India, 30.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
He is third on the list, Sydney Johnston being second.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Add to the above mixture: Two-thirds cup milk; one-third cup vinegar.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
You are never beaten until the third man is out in the last inning.
"Jack Winters' Baseball Team" by Mark Overton
Cut stale bread in one-third inch slices, remove the crusts.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
From whom to whom did the third period reach?
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
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In poetry:

The third and the last--
he died with
and gave up loving
and lived with her.
"A Marriage" by Robert Creeley
That upon the open ocean
When the third Armada came,
They and I had died together,
Whirled aloft on wings of flame.
"Epitaph Of Constantine Kanaris" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Daft-like I entered the toun,
I scarcely kenned for my ain.
I sleepit twae days in my bed,
The third I buried my wean.
""On Leave"" by John Buchan
He that careth for a wounded brother,
Watcheth not alone:
There are three in the darkness together,
And the third is the Lord.
"The Tribe Of The Helpers" by Henry Van Dyke
Mary had three women for her bed,
The twain were maidens clean;
The first of them had white and red,
The third had riven green.
Mary that is so sweet,
Bring us to thy Son’s feet.
"A Christmas Carol" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And then I thought anon as it was day,
I gladly would go somewhere to essay
If I perchance a Nightingale might hear,
For yet had I heard none, of all that year,
And it was then the third night of the May.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Though both Minneapolis and St Paul's "Most Literate Cities" standings slipped in '09, from first and third to third and seventh, respectively, it sure as hell wasn't for lack of commerce.
Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir, whose style makes him seem more of a third wheel than a third anchor.
He gotthe club into the postseason for the third time in his four-yeartenure but they were eliminated from the first round of theplayoffs for the third time.
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was ejected against the Washington Nationals for arguing a called third strike.
Third-trimester honors announced Patterson Irrigator Sacred Heart Catholic School has announced the third-trimester honor roll for its fourth- to seventh-graders.
Mark Trumbo made his first start at third base, here behind Jordan Walden in the third inning, but saw no action against the Seattle Mariners.
This lightened version is a mixture of two-thirds turnips and one-third potatoes, with the turnip greens stirred in at the end.
Third in a four-part report on third-quarter mutual fund performance.
Tuberville, in his third year at Texas Tech, downplayed what appeared to be an outburst on the sideline in the third quarter of Texas Tech's 41-34 victory in double overtime.
The FDCPA applies only to third-party debt collectors - companies that are collecting a debt on behalf of a third party or that have purchased the debt from a third party.
ESPN.com blogger Heather Dinich talks with Wisconsin RB Montee Ball about whether the third time is the charm for the Badgers in their third straight trip to the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio.
Phil Mickelson owned that dubious distinction after finishing third or better eight times, including third at the Masters three straight times (2001-2003).
Third-year Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly has his team undefeated, ranked third in the nation and in contention for a national title.
For the third straight season, Georgia Southern and third-year coach Jeff Monken move onto the "final four".
A third of American adults are obese.a third.
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In science:

Let us first show that if the third possibility is the case and if d > 4 then d must equal 6.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
Third, it does not require of the input formula to be in a specific normal form.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Left panel: The dependence of the Lyapunov exponent on for different k in the around the first, second and third band gaps respectively.
Comment on ``Statistics of the Lyapunov Exponent in 1D random periodic-on-Average Systems" [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 81}, 5390, 1998]
Right panel: Frequency dependence of the Lyapunov exponent and its variance for the frequencies covering the first, second and the third band gaps.
Comment on ``Statistics of the Lyapunov Exponent in 1D random periodic-on-Average Systems" [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 81}, 5390, 1998]
Thus, instead of E|VN (t)|, we get WN (t) (see the proof of Proposition 2.2) which refers to the third moment of ¯ZN (t).
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
L is the linear size of the box. A third scale is the typical hadronic mass scale given by ΛQCD .
Randomness on the Lattice
Assume that p and q are contained in distinct components of Fp,q and that there is a third component of Fp,q between p and q on I .
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
Here we shall see that third conjecture is also not true.
A simple unbreakable code
Third International Workshop on Higher Order Operational Techniques in Semantics.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Let the second and third columns be C ′ ∗ respectively, and the map between them f ′ ∗ .
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
The third axiom transcribes the third Reidemeister move as we have described it in Figure 6.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
Moreover, the decoupling limit corresponds to the case that the third Ma jorana mass is at, or above, the cutoff scale so that the third neutrino does not contribute, even via radiative corrections.
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
In the third lemma, we then determine a disk where the third order Taylor expansion for the exact exponential term Fu (.) = Fu,N (.), depending on N , can still be made.
The largest eigenvalue of small rank perturbations of Hermitian random matrices
The first and third are used in the main body of the paper; the second is needed to prove the third.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Note, that the third line of Eq. (9) allows us to replace all constant factors in the third line of Eq. (7) by αz .
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
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