regular tertiaries


plural noun Ecclesiastical.

See under tertiary(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. regular bevel,
  2. regular checking account,
  3. regular flower,
  4. regular guy,
  5. regular lay,
  6. regular verb,
  7. regular year,
  8. regularity,
  9. regularize,
  10. regularly

tertiary

[ tur-shee-er-ee, tur-shuh-ree ]
/ ˈtɜr ʃiˌɛr i, ˈtɜr ʃə ri /

adjective

noun, plural ter·ti·ar·ies.

Origin of tertiary

1540–50; < Latin tertiārius of third part or rank, equivalent to terti(us) third + -ārius -ary

Related formspost-Ter·ti·ar·y, adjectivepre-Ter·ti·ar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for regular tertiaries

Tertiary

/ (ˈtɜːʃərɪ) /

adjective

of, denoting, or formed in the first period of the Cenozoic era, which lasted for 63 million years, during which mammals became dominant

noun

the Tertiary the Tertiary period or rock system, divided into Palaeocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, and Pliocene epochs or series

tertiary

/ (ˈtɜːʃərɪ) /

adjective

noun plural -tiaries

Also called: tertial ornithol rare any of the tertiary feathers
RC Church a member of a Third Order

Word Origin for tertiary

C16: from Latin tertiārius containing one third, from tertius third

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Word Origin and History for regular tertiaries

tertiary

adj.

1650s, "of the third order, rank, degree, etc.," from Latin tertiarius "of or pertaining to a third," from tertius "third, a third," from root of tres "three" (see three). The geological sense (with capital T-) of "era after the Mesozoic" (which formerly was called the Secondary) is attested from 1794, after Italian terziari, used in this sense 1760 by Italian geologist Giovanni Arduino (1714-1795).

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Medicine definitions for regular tertiaries

tertiary

[ tûrshē-ĕr′ē ]

adj.

Third in place, order, degree, or rank.
Of or relating to salts of acids containing three replaceable hydrogen atoms.
Of or relating to organic compounds in which a group is bound to three nonelementary radicals.

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Science definitions for regular tertiaries

tertiary

[ tûrshē-ĕr′ē ]

Noun

Tertiary. The first period of the Cenozoic Era, from about 65 to 2 million years ago. During this time the continents took on their present form, and the climate changed from being warmer and wetter, in the early part of the period, to being drier and cooler in the later part. Mammals replaced dinosaurs as the dominant form of terrestrial animal life, and many modern types of flowering plants, insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds appeared. The Tertiary is subdivided into the Paleogene and the Neogene, although these terms are not as widely used as are the names of the epochs that constitute them. See Chart at geologic time.

Adjective

  1. Relating to or having a carbon atom that is attached to three other carbon atoms in a molecule.
  2. Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a tertiary carbon.
Relating to an advanced level of medical care, usually provided by subspecialists after the delivery of primary medical care. Compare primary secondary.
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