- (in prescriptions) three times.
Origin of ter
- a combining form meaning “thrice,” used in the formation of compound words: tercentennial.
Origin of ter-
< Latin, combining form of ter; akin to trēs three
- (in prescriptions) rub.
Origin of ter.1
From the Latin word tere
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Examples from the Web for ter
Ye'r wouldn't hear me the las' time but yer got ter hear me now.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Will ye be willin' ter tyke the service at the cimitery, sir?
Turn to the left when ye get ter the bottom, Father—mind ye turn ter the left.
Ter'ble ould-fashioned, these chains—must be moving with the times, you know.
A spoonful of cold pinjane, Nancy—it's ter'ble good to soften the neck.
- three, third, or three timestercentenary
from Latin ter thrice; related to trēs three
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Word Origin and History for ter
word-forming element meaning "thrice, three times," from Latin ter "thrice," from *tris-, from root of three. Cf. Latin tertius "third."
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