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Definitions for tertiary
ˈtɜr ʃiˌɛr i, -ʃə riter·tiary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tertiary, Tertiary period(adj)

    from 63 million to 2 million years ago

  2. third, 3rd, tertiary(adj)

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


  1. tertiary(Noun)

    A tertiary feather.

  2. tertiary(Noun)

    A member of a Roman Catholic third order - the Franciscans, Dominicans and Carmelites among others.

  3. tertiary(Adjective)

    Of third rank or order; subsequent.

  4. Tertiary(Noun)

    The first part of the Cenozoic era when modern flora and mammals appeared

  5. Tertiary(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the first part of the Cenozoic era when modern flora and mammals appeared

  6. Origin: From the tertiarius, from tertius + -arius (whence the suffix -ary); compare the tertiaire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tertiary(adj)

    being of the third formation, order, or rank; third; as, a tertiary use of a word

  2. Tertiary(adj)

    possessing some quality in the third degree; having been subjected to the substitution of three atoms or radicals; as, a tertiary alcohol, amine, or salt. Cf. Primary, and Secondary

  3. Tertiary(adj)

    later than, or subsequent to, the Secondary

  4. Tertiary(adj)

    growing on the innermost joint of a bird's wing; tertial; -- said of quills

  5. Tertiary(noun)

    a member of the Third Order in any monastic system; as, the Franciscan tertiaries; the Dominican tertiaries; the Carmelite tertiaries. See Third Order, under Third

  6. Tertiary(noun)

    the Tertiary era, period, or formation

  7. Tertiary(noun)

    one of the quill feathers which are borne upon the basal joint of the wing of a bird. See Illust. of Bird


  1. Tertiary

    Tertiary is the term for a geologic period from 65 million to 2.6 million years ago, a time span that lies between the superseded Secondary period and the Quaternary. The International Commission on Stratigraphy, for political reasons within the organisation, wants the Tertiary to no longer be recognized, and have its traditional span divided between their newly named Paleogene and Neogene Periods of the Cenozoic Era. The period began with the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs in the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event, at the start of the Cenozoic Era, spanning to the beginning of the most recent ice age at the end of the Pliocene Epoch. The Tertiary also included the early Pleistocene.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tertiary

    tėr′shi-ar-i, adj. of the third degree, order, or formation: pertaining to the series of sedimentary rocks or strata lying above the chalk and other secondary strata, and abounding in organic remains—the Cainozoic: (ornith.) tertial.—n. one who, or that which, is tertiary.—n.pl. Ter′tiaries, a class in the R.C. Church, who, without entering into the seclusion of a monastery, aspire to practise in ordinary life all the substantial obligations of the scheme of virtue laid down in the Gospel. [L. tertiariustertius.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tertiary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tertiary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tertiary in a Sentence

  1. Karl Kraus:

    Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.

  2. Daniel Ives:

    They're going to continue to be a tertiary player in mobile unless something dramatically changes, nokia was that Hail Mary acquisition that was clearly a failure.

  3. Chris Birdsong:

    Most large developers see real value (in green engineering). Second and tertiary developers may say, 'We don't see much', smaller developers want to do something quickly... Costs to them will be more than they ever want to bear.

  4. Robert Mattes:

    Where governments do relatively simple things like invest in secondary and tertiary education, build good roads, and other development infrastructure like sewage systems and electricity grids, people are substantially better off.

  5. Doug Kass:

    With the stocks down so big, (it) seems to be an intermediate opportunity in the group, i'm trying to stick with Exxon, Chevron, Devon, the ones with rock-solid balance sheets. I'm not buying stocks down 16 to 17 percent, the secondary and tertiary companies.

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