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Definition of third

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : being next after the second in place or time the third taxi in line
b : ranking next after the second of a grade or degree in authority or precedence served as third mate
c : being the forward speed or gear next higher than second especially in a motor vehicle
2a : being one of three equal parts into which something is divisible a third share of the money
b : being the last in each group of three in a series take out every third card



Definition of third (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one that is number three in a series — see Table of Numbers
b : one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence the third in line
2 : one of three equal parts of something a third of the pie
4 : the third forward gear or speed especially of a motor vehicle
5a : the musical interval embracing three diatonic degrees
b : a tone at this interval specifically : mediant
c : the harmonic combination of two tones a third apart
6 thirds plural : merchandise whose quality falls below the manufacturer's standard for seconds

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Other Words from third


third or thirdly adverb

Examples of third in a Sentence

Adjective We sat in the third row. the third house on the left C is the third letter in the alphabet. That's the third time I've seen him today. The office is on the third floor. Do you have a third choice? a third share in the profits a third pound of cheese Noun The win was his third of the year. a third of the pie Rent costs two-thirds of my paycheck. She divided the cookie into thirds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the three games since Houston star third baseman Alex Bregman was injured, the two players filling in for him have come up big to help the Astros keep their winning streak alive. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 20 June 2021 Hendrix walked Padres third baseman Manny Machado, and first baseman Eric Hosmer crushed a homer to right field that tied the score at four runs. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 19 June 2021 The Chicago White Sox third baseman played Sunday in the series finale against the Detroit Tigers, but a sinus infection kept him out of the lineup the next three games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field. Lamond Pope,, 19 June 2021 When the Arizona League Padres took the field for their first rookie ball game of 2019, third baseman Chris Givin, like so many others in San Diego’s organization, was eager to see what shortstop CJ Abrams had to offer. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 19 June 2021 Sanchez flipped to third baseman Gio Urshela, who tagged out Semien about 15 feet from the bag. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Arkansas broke on top in the second inning with a little help from the Wolfpack, as third baseman Vojtech Mensik -- playing in the shortstop spot in a heavy shift -- bobbled Christian Franklin's hard grounder and threw late to first. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 The Premier Lacrosse League, a league operating under a touring model that plays in stadiums across North America, is entering just its third season but has already shaken the sport. New York Times, 13 June 2021 Having Bam Adebayo become an All-Star in his third NBA season was instrumental, too. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The value of a typical home as calculated by Zillow is an average of the middle third of the market, minus the top and bottom 5%. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021 The fires were at the Bull's Horn Bar in the 4500 block of S. 34th Avenue, followed by one at a fourplex in the 1700 block of N. Emerson Avenue and a third at a commercial garage in the 4500 block of S. Snelling Avenue. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 However, this new report states that regional policies could cut between 2.6 and 4.5 million -- or up to a third of minority births within the Xinjiang region in the span of two decades. Victor Ordonez, ABC News, 8 June 2021 At 28-29, the Reds have played almost exactly one third of their games. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 In the mid 20-teens, Abreu had a NASCAR development deal and ran a full season in the Camping World Truck Series, with top finish of third at Eldora Speedway, the half-mile Ohio dirt track. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2021 Florida may be unrecognizable, with a minimum of a third of its land underwater, by 2100. Toby Jaffe, The New Republic, 2 June 2021 And in Northern Virginia, the major school systems returned between a third to a half of their student bodies over the course of the spring semester. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 The Lions’ production slowed down during the middle third of the match as both teams settled into a slower rhythm of play. Julia Poe,, 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of third


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for third


Middle English thridde, thirde, from Old English thridda, thirdda; akin to Latin tertius third, Greek tritos, treis three — more at three

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The first known use of third was before the 12th century

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23 Jun 2021

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“Third.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of third

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: occupying the number three position in a series
: next to the second in importance or rank
: equal in size, value, amount, etc., to one third of something



English Language Learners Definition of third (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is third : the third thing in a series
: one of three equal parts of something
: the third forward gear or speed of a vehicle


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Kids Definition of third

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming right after second



Kids Definition of third (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : number three in a series
2 : one of three equal parts

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