What does Third mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-third, third, tiercenoun

    one of three equal parts of a divisible whole

    "it contains approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"

  2. third base, thirdnoun

    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"

  3. thirdnoun

    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"

  4. thirdnoun

    the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it

    "a simple harmony written in major thirds"

  5. third gear, thirdnoun

    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"

  6. third base, thirdadjective

    the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball

    "he was cut down on a close play at third"

  7. third, 3rd, tertiaryadverb

    coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position

  8. third, thirdlyadverb

    in the third place

    "third we must consider unemployment"


  1. thirdnoun

    The person or thing in the third position.

    Jones came in third.

  2. thirdnoun

    One of three equal parts of a whole.

    He ate a third of the pie. Divided by two-thirds.

  3. thirdnoun

    The third gear of an engine.

    Now put it into third.

  4. thirdnoun

    An interval consisting of the first and third notes in a scale.

    They sing in thirds.

  5. thirdnoun

    third base

    The play ended with Jones standing on third.

  6. thirdnoun

    One sixtieth of a second, i.e., the third in a series of fractional parts in a sexagesimal number system. Also formerly known as a tierce.

  7. thirdverb

    To agree with a proposition or statement after it has already been seconded.

  8. thirdverb

    To divide into three equal parts.

  9. Etymology: þridda

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thirdadjective

    The first after the second; the ordinal of three.

    Etymology: ðriðða , Saxon.

    This is the third time: I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. William Shakespeare.

  2. Thirdnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    To thee and thine hereditary ever,
    Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom. William Shakespeare.

    Men of their broken debtors take a third,
    A sixth, a tenth, letting them thrive again. William Shakespeare.

    The protestant subjects of the abbey make up a third of its people. Addison.

    No sentence can stand that is not confirmed by two thirds of the council. Addison.

    Such clamours are like the feigned quarrels of combined cheats, to delude some third person. Decay of Piety.

    Divide the natural day into twenty-four equal parts, an hour into sixty minutes, a minute into sixty seconds, a second into sixty thirds. William Holder, on Time.


  1. third

    Third typically refers to an item or position that comes after the first and second in a sequence. It can also refer to being the next after two others in importance or rank.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thirdadjective

    next after the second; coming after two others; -- the ordinal of three; as, the third hour in the day

  2. Thirdadjective

    constituting or being one of three equal parts into which anything is divided; as, the third part of a day

  3. Thirdnoun

    the quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three equal parts into which anything is divided

  4. Thirdnoun

    the sixtieth part of a second of time

  5. Thirdnoun

    the third tone of the scale; the mediant

  6. Thirdnoun

    the third part of the estate of a deceased husband, which, by some local laws, the widow is entitled to enjoy during her life


  1. Third

    Third is a 1970 double LP by Soft Machine, with each side of the original vinyl consisting of a single long composition. Its music explores the emerging jazz fusion of the type present on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, which was released just a few months earlier. Third marks the most major of Soft Machine's several shifts in musical genre over their career, completing their transition from psychedelic music to jazz, and is a significant milestone of the Canterbury scene, featuring interplay between the band's personnel: Mike Ratledge on keyboards, Robert Wyatt on drums, Hugh Hopper on bass and newest member Elton Dean on saxophone. Lyn Dobson appears on saxophone and flute on "Facelift", recorded while he was a full member of the band, although he is credited as an additional performer. Jimmy Hastings makes substantial contributions on flute and clarinet on "Slightly All The Time", free-jazz violinist Rab Spall is heard on the coda to "Moon In June", and Nick Evans makes a very brief appearance on trombone in "Out-Bloody-Rageous".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Third

    thėrd, adj. the last of three.—n. one of three equal parts: (golf) a handicap of a stroke every third hole.—ns. Third′-bor′ough (Shak.), an under-constable; Third′ing, the third part of anything.—adv. Third′ly, in the third place.—adj. Third′-rate, of the third order.—n. Thirds′man, a mediator.—Third estate, in England, the House of Commons; Third person in the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. [A.S. thriddathreó, three.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. THIRD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Third is ranked #158432 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Third surname appeared 102 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Third.

    89.2% or 91 total occurrences were White.
    7.8% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Third' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #431

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Third' in Written Corpus Frequency: #642

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Third in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Third in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Third in a Sentence

  1. Jose Maria Aznar:

    If voters say twice 'I won't vote for this PP' and there is no overhaul, then there is no guarantee that on the third occasion they won't say no again, this time in a general election.

  2. Alexander Free:

    Over 2015, the three largest oil-dependent SWFs have all been reducing their equity holdings in the region, with this trend accelerating over the second quarter and into the third quarter of the year.

  3. Paul Nolte:

    Certainly, the first quarter was slow, we anticipate a little bit of a pick up in the second and third quarter. Its not going to be enough to warrant the Fed to raise rates but its certainly not weak enough to push us into recession.

  4. Brian McNoldy:

    The cone is just a shape defined by track forecast errors over the previous five years, such that there's historically a two-thirds chance the track of the center of the storm will remain inside the cone, and a one-third chance it will be outside the cone, the same cone is used all year long, for every forecast of every storm... they're identical.

  5. Andrew Wilson:

    The hurdle is still reasonably high for sovereign QE but our view is that it's very likely they will go down that route some time in the second or possibly third quarter of next year.

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. emanate
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