- the third part of the personal property of a deceased husband, which in certain circumstances goes absolutely to the widow.
- a widow's dower.
- a tone on the third degree from a given tone (counted as the first).
- the interval between such tones.
- the harmonic combination of such tones.
- third age,
- third amendment,
- third base,
- third baseman,
- third class
Origin of third
Examples from the Web for third
The third suspect, an 18-year-old named Hamyd Mourad, who turned himself in, is part of the same extended family.
Officials have said the war to reclaim upward of a third of Iraq and a quarter of Syria from ISIS could take years.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Third parties in turn quibbled with his accounts, and he was irritated, but not overly so.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The third problem is the evidence of corroborating witnesses.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Murders are slightly down from 414 last year, but have fallen by about one—third since 2003.
It will not be easy to imagine any third mode materially different, which could rationally be proposed.The Federalist Papers|Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
And this rapid change, this third engagement within a few weeks,—was disgusting to her as a woman.The American Senator|Anthony Trollope
Was there a third accomplice—for she thought she could see two spots of deeper blackness by the door—hidden in the house?The Green Satin Gown|Laura E. Richards
Now, we could do wi' a third horse—get yourself ready, and drive over there, and take a look at it.The Root of All Evil|J. S. Fletcher
Gehenna was created before Paradise; the former on the second day and the latter on the third.
adjective (usually prenominal)
- coming after the second and preceding the fourth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of three: often written 3rd
- (as noun)he arrives on the third; the third got a prize
- one of three equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, etc
- (as modifier)a third part
Word Origin for third
Old English metathesis of þridda, from Proto-Germanic *thridjas (cf. Old Frisian thredda, Old Saxon thriddio, Middle Low German drudde, Dutch derde, Old High German dritto, German dritte, Old Norse þriðe, Gothic þridja), from PIE *tritjos (cf. Sanskrit trtiyas, Avestan thritya, Greek tritos, Latin tertius, Old Church Slavonic tretiji, Lithuanian trecias, Old Irish triss).
Related to Old English þreo (see three). Metathesis of thrid into third is attested from c.950 in Northumbria, but thrid was prevalent up to 16c. The noun meaning "third part of anything" is recorded from late 14c. Third rail in electric railway sense is recorded from 1890. Third World War as a possibility first recorded 1947. Third-rate "of poor quality" is from 1814, ultimately from classification of ships (1640s); third class in railway travel is from 1839. Third Reich (1930) is a partial translation of German drittes Reich (1923). Third party in law, insurance, etc., is from 1818.