• WordNet 3.6
    • n tierce one of three equal parts of a divisible whole "it contains approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
    • n tierce the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • n tierce the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.
    • Tierce A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.
    • Tierce A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is, forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.
    • Tierce (Fencing) A position in thrusting or parrying in which the wrist and nails are turned downward.
    • Tierce A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.
    • a Tiercé (Her) Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures; -- said of an escutcheon.
    • Tierce (R. C. Ch) The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.
    • Tierce (Mus) The third tone of the scale. See Mediant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tierce A third; a third part.
    • n tierce Same as terce, 4.
    • n tierce A liquid measure equal to one third of a pipe. See pipe, 8. Also terce.
    • n tierce A cask intermediate in size between a barrel and a hogshead: as, a tierce of sugar; a tierce of rice or of salted provisions.
    • n tierce In music, same as third. The fourth harmonic of any given tone—that is, the major third above the second octave.
    • n tierce In card-playing, a sequence of three cards.
    • n tierce In fencing, the third of a series of eight points and parries, beginning with prime. A thrust in tierce is a thrust, with the knuckles upward, at the upper breast, which, from the ordinary position of engagement, the left of the foils touching, is given after passing the foil to the other side of the opponent's weapon. A parry in tierce guards this blow. It is produced by turning the hand knuckles upward and carrying it a few inches to the right without lowering hand or point.
    • n tierce In heraldry, a fesse composed of three triangles, usually of three different tinctures: a bearing rare in English heraldry.
    • tierce In heraldry, divided into three parts of three different tinctures. The field may be so divided either fessewise, palewise, or bendwise, which must be expressed in the blazon: thus, tiercé in bend means divided into three compartments bendwise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tierce tērs a cask containing one-third of a pipe—that is, 42 gallons: a sequence of three cards of the same colour: :
    • n Tierce tērs (mus.) a third: a thrust, in fencing
    • n Tierce tērs (her.) a field tripartitely divided in three different tinctures: the third hour of the day, or the office of that hour, the terce
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tierce, a third, from tiers, tierce, third, fr. L. tertius, the third; akin to tres, three. See Third Three, and cf. Terce Tercet Tertiary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tiers, tierce—L. tertia (pars), a third (part)—tres, three.


In literature:

I immediately got a friend to have two tierces of seed forwarded to me.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
From vespers on Sunday night until tierce on Monday Patrick would not come from the place where he might be.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
Perhaps this ship of Spain was about to discharge her butts and tierces.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
His yearly stipend is yet that tierce of Canary.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
First, I dealt with a tierce that proved full of salt beef.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
Mr. Barradas opened the tierce of tobacco, and Pani and Toea and I dug out the nasty sticky layers with sheath knives.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke
Opened 1 tierce of bread.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
They found a tierce of bacon surrounded by a ravenous crowd, fighting and quarreling.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
A tierce of 39 gallons.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A high thrust which I diverted too late with the parade of tierce drew blood freely.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Some little hillside church ringing out the hour of Tierce.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Cy fine le tierce chapitle.
"Dialogues in French and English" by William Caxton
Tierce, quart, quart, tierce!
"What the Swallow Sang" by Friedrich Spielhagen
One trump and a tierce major is too weak, unless the fifth card is a court card.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
Once the Duke thrust in tierce and Jack's sword arm wavered an instant, and a splash of crimson appeared on his sleeve.
"The Black Moth" by Georgette Heyer
They were grotesque objects, though now mere carrion, above which the tierce gulls screamed noisily.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
Lad, it stabs me like a French dirk, nor can I guard the thrust in tierce!
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
The thrust in tierce was unexpected.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
A man may have a tierce major in his favor and yet lose the game after all.
"Lord Montagu's Page" by G. P. R. James
He had tried again and again to reach his adversary, and with graceful ease Paul had parried each cut and tierce.
"The Shadow of the Czar" by John R. Carling

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Contributed photos Bryan Carter (from left), Tierce Green and John Bryson are the presenters on the video series "33 The Series," which will be used for the opening segment of "Authentic Manhood ," a program starting Sept 11 at Grace Church.