• WordNet 3.6
    • adj three being one more than two
    • n three one of four playing cards in a deck having three pips
    • n three the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three wise men of Gotham Three wise men of Gotham
Three riders Three riders
Three Children music Three Children music
The Three Bears take a walk The Three Bears take a walk
Snowwhite and the Three Dwarfs Snowwhite and the Three Dwarfs
three curious dingoes three curious dingoes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog
    • Three A symbol representing three units, as 3 or iii.
    • a Three thrē One more than two; two and one.Three is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into composed of, or containing three parts portions organs, or the like; as, three-branched, three-capsuled, three-celled, three-cleft, three-edged, three-foot, three-footed, three-forked, three-grained, three-headed, three-legged, three-mouthed, three-nooked, three-petaled, three-pronged, three-ribbed, three-seeded, three-stringed, three-toed, and the like. "I offer thee three things.""Three solemn aisles approach the shrine."
    • Three The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A lion feeds once every three to four days
    • three Being the sum of two and one; being one more than two: a cardinal numeral.
    • three The writings so condemned. The edict was intended to reconcile the Monophysites to the church by seeming to imply a partial disapproval of the Council of Chalcedon, which had admitted Theodoret and Ibas, after giving explanations, to communion.
    • n three A number the sum of two and one.
    • n three A symbol representing three units, as 3, III, or iii.
    • n three A playing-card bearing three spots or pips.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An owl has three eyelids
    • adj., n Three thrē two and one
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  • Edward Everett Hale
    Edward Everett Hale
    “Some people bear three kinds of trouble -- the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.”
  • Tad Williams
    Tad Williams
    “A well-aimed spear is worth three.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Happiness consists of three things; Someone to love, work to do, and a clear conscience.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “[Three classes of people]: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No three words have greater power than I Love You.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þre, þreo, þri, AS. þrī, masc., þreó, fem. and neut.; akin to OFries. thre, OS. thria, threa, D. drie, G. drei, OHG. drī, Icel. þrīr, Dan. & Sw. tre, Goth. þreis, Lith. trys, Ir., Gael. & W. tri, Russ. tri, L. tres, Gr. trei^s, Skr. tri,. √301. Cf. 3d Drilling Tern (a.) Third Thirteen Thirty Tierce Trey Tri- Triad Trinity Tripod
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. þreó, þrý, þír; Ice. þrír, Gael. tri, Goth. threis, Ger. drei, L. tres, Gr. treis, Sans. tri.


In literature:

They also obtained three bamboos, which held three gallons more.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
It is about three miles in length and in breadth varies from one-fourth to three-fourths of a mile.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Spikelets one to three in each involucel, persistent, 1- to 2-flowered, with three or four glumes.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Instantly three flushed, angry faces looked up, and three fingers touched three perspiring foreheads respectfully.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Three pounds of raw veal chopped very fine, butter size of an egg, three eggs, three tablespoonfuls cream or milk.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
In the morning La Salle divided his fleet into three bands, one to descend each of these three branches.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Romantic Opera in three acts by FLOTOW.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Once he was gone three weeks and next time three or four months.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Henry was to watch about three hours and Shif'less Sol would be on guard afterward.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Three times he had been threatened with bankruptcy, and three times friends had come to his rescue.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Two or three other boys were kept at similar duty down-stairs on similar wages.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Within the brief space of three years.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Wilkinson worked hard during his three first years, and Bertram did not.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Presently he saw three or four native huts ahead; some reindeer were grazing near them, and three boats were hauled upon the shore.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Put three-quarters of a cup of milk and three ounces of butter in a saucepan on the fire.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Infuse in cold water, three quarts, two or three days.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
For a family with three or four small children, a three-room house about 18x24, costing with barn, etc., not over $175.00.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
The girl cried, I blustered, swore, and all three were speaking at the same time for two or three minutes.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Below, between the three windows, are six more saints, three on each side.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Simpson could spare only ten days of this three weeks for actual mining.
"Gold" by Stewart White

In poetry:

What is there to hold you
Heartbound with me?--
Nothing but a dull wife
And children three.
"The Dumb Wife Speaks" by Benjamin Musser
Out upon it, I have lov'd
Three whole days together;
And am like to love three more,
If it prove fair weather.
"The Constant Lover" by John Suckling
And there I waited breathlessly,
Alone; and slowly the holy three,
The three that I loved, together grew
One, in the hour of knowing,
Night, and the woods, and you ——
"The Voice" by Rupert Brooke
Three times I comes to listen at the door;
Three times I drags meself away once more;
'Arf dead wiv fear; 'arf dead wiv tremblin' joy . . .
An' then she beckons me, an' sez—"A boy!"
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?
"All In The Golden Afternoon" by Lewis Carroll
Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather&xclm.
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?
"Prologue" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

M-P is one, and they played the other three, winning two of those three games.
In a little more than three months, Europe has increased the number of launchers it operates from one to three.
Marty, who has three children, proposes something entirely different: lengthening lunch to three hours.
Back in February, my little sister was unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend of three years, just three months before their wedding.
Edmiston connected on 21 of 29 passes for 294 yards and three TDs to three different receivers — Tyler Jaynes, Matthew Wallace and Hunter Dean.
There are three horses that, come Saturday, will have competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown.
The Texas Rangers head into the second game of this three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels with a magic number of three to clinch the AL West.
David Yifrach, a neighbor anf friend of the three killed in Israel's Kiryat Malachi early today, stands outside the wreckage with his three kids.
Three years ago Keith Gessen wrote All the Sad Young Literary Men, a comic novel about three young writers trying (though not very hard) to forge a literary career.
Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill had 463 yards of total offense with three passing and three rushing touchdowns.
Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul has made three trips to China in the past three years.
BAGHDAD — Eleven members of an Iraqi family were killed Sunday during a US raid in Mosul , including three women and three children, officials said.
Three acts with Birmingham ties (War Jacket, Joel Madison Blount and The Wilde) embarked on a mini-tour across the Southeast last week, culminating in a performance at Woodrow Hall on Sunday that benefited Three Circles Foundation.
Young@Heart Chorus celebrates three decades with three nights of shows.
Following three months of solid gains, all three major indexes posted their worst monthly returns of the year.

In science:

The three horizontal curves define three points in a generic fibre of ˜f .
Rational polynomials of simple type
If it has three inflection points, then it has at least three sextactic point.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
If it consists of one branch, it must correspond to the real part of C/Λ and we see from the above description that it has precisely three inflection points and three sextactic points.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
The simplest example is the “triangle” subgraph made of three vertices and three edges, not connected to the rest of the graph.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Since we have three complex parameters we always need three independent equations to define them.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
We see that there are three different masses for the three different parameterizations.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
Let C (N , M) be the number of three dimensional triangulations with N simplices of the three dimensional manifold M.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Thus the ideal is generated in degree three by three covariants, and these can be identified as before.
On equations defining coincident root loci
Let δ ′ , γ ′ and ρ′ be three other relations and let f : δ −→ δ , g : γ −→ γ ′ and h : ρ −→ ρ′ be three morphisms.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Three independent constraints on a six tuple do not produce a space which is necessarily generated by three basis elements.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
Here the three types of lines represent the three sectors of the theory.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
L : A⊗3 −→ A (the reading is done three by three).
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
It could be shown that the three regions observed in the CIM correspond to three different types of lattice sites.
Simple Lattice-Models of Ion Conduction: Counter Ion Model vs. Random Energy Model
Three ground states are degenerate at “triple points” where three edges meet.
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model
Three different values Nf = 12, 24, 36 are used to see the size dependence, and it has been checked that the results do not differ for the three cases.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors