third

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈθɜːrd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/θɝd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(thûrd)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
third /θɜrd/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. next after the second;
    being the ordinal number for three.
  2. being one of three equal parts.
  3. Automotiveof or relating to the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft speed is next greater than that of second gear.
  4. graded or ranked one level below the second:third mate.

n. 
  1. a third part, esp. of one (13):[countable]Cut it into thirds.
  2. [countable] the third member of a series.
  3. Automotive third gear:[uncountable]Put it (= the car, etc.) in third.
  4. [countable] a person or thing next after second in rank.

adv. 
  1. in the third place;
    thirdly.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
third (thûrd),USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. next after the second;
    being the ordinal number for three.
  2. being one of three equal parts.
  3. Automotiveof, pertaining to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft speed is greater than that of second gear for a given engine crankshaft speed, but not as great as that of fourth gear, if such exists:third gear.
  4. rated, graded, or ranked one level below the second:He's third engineer on the ship.

n. 
  1. a third part, esp. of one (&fracnumer;
    1&fracdenom;
    3&fracend;
    ).
  2. the third member of a series.
  3. Automotivethird gear:Don't try to start a car when it's in third.
  4. a person or thing next after second in rank, precedence, order:The writer of the best essay will receive a gold medal, the second a silver, and the third a bronze.
  5. LawUsually,  thirds. 
    • the third part of the personal property of a deceased husband, which in certain circumstances goes absolutely to the widow.
    • a widow's dower.
  6. Music and Dance
    • a tone on the third degree from a given tone (counted as the first).
    • the interval between such tones.
    • the harmonic combination of such tones.
  7. Sport[Baseball.]See  third base. 
  8. BusinessUsually,  thirds. [Com.]a product or goods below second quality. Cf.  first (def. 19), second 1 (def. 23).

adv. 
  1. in the third place;
    thirdly.
thirdly, adv. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English thirde, Old English (north) thirda, variant of thridda; cognate with Dutch derde, German dritte, Old Norse thrithi, Gothic thridja, Greek trítos, Latin tertius, Sanskrit tṛtīya. See three

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
third /θɜːd/ adj (usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the second and preceding the fourth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of three: often written 3rd
  2. (as noun): he arrives on the third, the third got a prize
  3. rated, graded, or ranked below the second level
  4. denoting the third from lowest forward ratio of a gearbox in a motor vehicle
n
  1. one of three equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, etc
  2. (as modifier): a third part
  3. the fraction equal to one divided by three ( 13)
  4. the forward ratio above second of a gearbox in a motor vehicle. In some vehicles it is the top gear
  5. the interval between one note and another three notes away from it counting inclusively along the diatonic scale
  6. one of two notes constituting such an interval in relation to the other
  7. Brit an honours degree of the third and usually the lowest class
    Full term: third class honours degree
adv
  1. Also: thirdly in the third place
Etymology: Old English thirda, variant of thridda; related to Old Frisian thredda, Old Saxon thriddio, Old High German drittio, Old Norse thrithi, Latin tertius

ˈthirdly adv
'third' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: the [first, second, last, final] third, [finished, came, placed] third in the [race, competition], the [last] third of the [field, match, play], more...

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