ter

[tur]
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adverb

(in prescriptions) three times.

Origin of ter

From Latin

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

ter.

1

(in prescriptions) rub.

Origin of ter.

1
From the Latin word tere

ter.

2

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Examples from the Web for ter

Historical Examples of 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?

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Turn to the left when ye get ter the bottom, Father—mind ye turn ter the left.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Ter'ble ould-fashioned, these chains—must be moving with the times, you know.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • A spoonful of cold pinjane, Nancy—it's ter'ble good to soften the neck.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for ter

ter-

combining form

three, third, or three timestercentenary

Word Origin for ter-

from Latin ter thrice; related to trēs three
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Word Origin and History for ter

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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