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third (rank)

Definition:

following the 2nd position in an ordering or series

Class:

relation noun (relations between people, things, and ideas)

Plural:

thirds

Type of:

rank » status » state » attribute

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • he answered the 1st question willingly, the 2nd reluctantly, and the third with resentment
  • a distant third

Synonyms:

3rd

Etymology:

Old English metathesis of þridda, from Proto-Germanic *thridjas (compare Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Third [disambiguation]

may refer to: 3 (number), such as the 3rd of something - see also Ordinal number (linguistics) | Fraction (mathematics), such as 1/3 | 1/60 of a second, or 1/3,600 of a minute | Third World, economically underdeveloped nations | Third-class degree,... (38 of 230 words, 27 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

3rd | 3rded [past tense] | 3rding [present participle] | 3rds [3rd-person singular present] | third [synonym, sense-specific]

third | To third. (3 of 5 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/3​rd

Collins Dictionary:

third | third class honours degree | thirdly [adverb, derived]

coming after the second and preceding the fourth in numbering or counting ... | [noun], | rated, graded, or ranked below the second level | denoting ... (23 of 627 words, 14 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/third

American Heritage Dictionary:

third | thirds [sense-specific]

The ordinal number matching the number three in a series. | One of three equal parts. | [music] ; An interval of three degrees in a diatonic scale. | ... (26 of 261 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/third

Oxford Dictionary:

third | third time is the charm [United States] | third time lucky | trito-

constituting number three in a sequence; 3rd | the third finisher or position in a race or competition | the third in a sequence of a vehicle's gears ... (26 of 261 words, 11 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/third

Random House Dictionary:

third | third base [baseball, sense-specific] | thirds [baseball, sense-specific] | the third member of a series [baseball, sense-specific] | third gear [automobiles, sense-specific]

next after the second; being the ordinal number for three. | being one of three equal parts. | [automobiles] of, pertaining to, or operating at the ... (24 of 231 words, 13 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/third

Merriam-Webster:

third [entry 1, adjective, adverb] | thirdly [adverb, related]

being next after the second in place or time ; ranking next after the ... | being one of three equal parts into which something is divisible ; being ... (28 of 193 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/third

third [entry 2, noun] | thirds [plural] | third base [synonym, sense-specific]

one of three equal parts of something | one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence | the musical interval embracing ... (23 of 141 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/third show=1

New World Dictionary:

third

preceded by two others in a series; 3d or 3rd | next below the second in rank, power, value, merit, excellence, etc. | designating any of the three ... (26 of 137 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

third | third time lucky

in the place or position counted as number 3 | one of 3 equal parts of something | the lowest mark for an honours degree from a university in the UK ... (29 of 92 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/third

Cambridge Dictionary:

third [entry 1, singular]

3rd written as a word (5 of 29 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/third 1

third [entry 2]

one of three equal parts of something (7 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/third 2

third [entry 3]

a degree qualification from a British university that is below a 2:2 (12 of 21 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/third 3

Encarta Dictionary:

third | thirds [plural]

one of three equal parts into which something is or may be divided | item number three in a series | somebody or something ranking next after second ... (26 of 247 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719752​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

third

Origin: Old English metathesis of þridda, from Proto-Germanic *thridjas (compare Old Frisian thredda, Old Saxon thriddio, Middle ... (16 of 154 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=third

Oxford Dictionary:

third | third time is the charm [United States]

Origin: Old English thridda, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch derde and German dritte, also to "three". The spelling thrid was ... (20 of 38 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/third

New World Dictionary:

third

Origin: Middle English thirde, altered by metathesis from thridde from Old English thridda from Indo-European *tṛtiyo- ( from base ... (18 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/third

Collins Dictionary:

third

Origin: Old English thirda, variant of thridda; related to Old Frisian thredda, Old Saxon thriddio, Old High German drittio, Old Norse thrithi, Latin tertius

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/third

American Heritage Dictionary:

third

Origin: Middle English thridde, therdde, third, from Old English thridda; see trei- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/third

Wiktionary:

third | thirded [past tense] | thirding [present participle] | thirds [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English þridda

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/third

Merriam-Webster:

third [entry 1, adjective, adverb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English thridde, thirde, from Old English thridda, thirdda; akin to Latin tertius third, Greek tritos, treis three

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/third

Encarta Dictionary:

third | thirds [plural]

Origin: Old English þirdda, þridda from Indo-European, "three"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719752​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

third | thirded [past tense] | thirding [present participle] | thirds [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "third"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/third

Collins Dictionary:

third

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "third"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/third

Macmillan British Dictionary:

third

Audio: British English pronunciation of "third"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/third

Macmillan American Dictionary:

third

Audio: North American pronunciation of "third"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/third

Cambridge Dictionary:

third [entry 1, singular]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "third"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "third"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/third 1

the Free Dictionary:

third

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "third"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "third"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "third" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/third

Google Dictionary:

third | thirds [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "third"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

third

Audio: North American pronunciation of "third"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=third​001 word=third

YourDictionary Audio:

third

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "third" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Third

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Third" by speech synthesizer

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