Thirding

Definitions

  • Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
    Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thirding the third part of anything
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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

Quotations

  • H. G. Bohn
    H. G. Bohn
    “Boldness is business is the first, second, and third thing.”
  • 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]”
  • Terry Mccormick
    Terry Mccormick
    “Experience is what keeps a man who makes the same mistake twice from admitting it the third time around.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “A third heir seldom enjoys what has been dishonestly acquired.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thriddathreó, three.

Usage

In literature:

On the north slope of Round Top, the Second and Third corps are maintaining the unequal struggle with one-third of the rebel army.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Of the above total two-thirds were Hindus and one-third Jains.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
On the third day sheer obstinacy forced me to the tunnel.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The next night the same thing took place, and the third night, too.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
The third of the team were hurt.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
After the third ballot Depew withdrew his name.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The valleys, generally of rich fertility, are about one-third under cultivation.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The Dealer is justified in basing his declaration upon the assumption that his partner has one-third of the high cards not in his own hand.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
Then she resolved the third day to remain in the garden herself.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
In Panicum it is nearly two-thirds or less than the third glume.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
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In poetry:

The third town they came to
The bridesmaids all had gowns of gold;
He clothed her on with purple,
A rich thing to behold.
"May Janet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
A third of a century over,
Still a friend have we now like him,
Exact in his every bearing,
And his name is--unchanged--Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
I lay and dreamed. Three crosses stood
Amid the gloomy air.
Two bore two men—one was the Good;
The third rose waiting, bare.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
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
For He that flung the broad blue fold
O'er-mantling land and sea,
One third part of the sky unrolled
For the banner of the free.
"Ode" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beyond, a third the challenge gives;--
She almost gasps for breath--
"Oh, at the Mill my brother lies
Just at the point of death."
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Supermarket operator Ahold says US sales weak in third quarter, but won market share.
Now you have a third option.
I was born in los estados unidos, my father Tamaulipas, and my mother is a third-generation Chicana.
Dive teams and crews from the Rochester and Tichigan Fire Departments engaged in the third day of their search for a missing swimmer in Wind Lake's murky waters.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireMike Trout homered Friday night to give him 15 this season, good for third on the Angels.
Beaujolais Nouveau, of course, is the French wine from the Beaujolais that is released once a year, on the third Thursday in November.
Experts estimate that two-thirds of the world's 33 million amphetamine users live in Asia.
Amy Lylon is a third-grade teacher at Smith Elementary School.
Lilly to book $790M Amylin payment in third quarter.
For the first time, Colorado has created a Congressional district that centers on Aurora, its third-largest urban area.
The Boca Grande Camera Club will present their third "Photography as Art" Show at the Boca Grande Art Alliance on Saturday and Sunday, Jan 28 and 29 from 9 am to 4 p.m.
Alex Green leaps over Russell Allen during a run in the third quarter.
He was born on the third day of the third month.
Marshall County third baseman Hunter Thomas (19) and catcher Matt Callendar (22) collide in the third inning.
Team USA placed third overall with teammate Bobby Shen (Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas) earning the third-best score among all individuals competing in the contest.
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In science:

In contrast, the third condition has a much similar effect on the voting outcome: The probability of forming a coalition which would meet only the first and second but not the third condition is extremely low [FM01], [Ki01].
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
For third harmonic bunching, the potential is switched at every third stage.
High-energy-resolution molecular beams for cold collision studies
Recalling (46) and using the well-known equality of the third cumulant and the third centered moment (see e.g.
Limiting Distributions for Sums of Independent Random Products
The formal solution of the geodesic equation up to third order in the curve parameter is now simply established by substitution of the second- and third-order coefficients, eqs. (C.68) and (C.69) into eq. (C.67).
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Most of the central values in the second and third column of table II lie between 1σ and 2σ away from each other, but in the case of diagrams o and s the difference is around 3σ , and for diagrams k and r, it reaches 5σ (we take as σ the errors of individual diagrams in the third column).
Radiative-nonrecoil corrections of order alpha^2 (Z alpha)^5 to the Lamb shift
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