- 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 equal parts of something
Origin of thirdMiddle English thirde, altered by metathesis from thridde from Old English thridda from Indo-European an unverified form t?tiyo- ( from base an unverified form trei-, three) from source Classical Latin tertius, Classical Greek tritos
- the one following the second
- any person, thing, class, place, etc. that is third
- any of the three equal parts of something;
- the third forward gear of a transmission: it provides more speed but less torque than second
- Baseball third base
- the third tone of an ascending diatonic scale, or a tone two degrees above or below any given tone in such a scale; mediant
- the interval between two such tones, or a combination of them
- The ordinal number matching the number three in a series.
- One of three equal parts.
- Music a. An interval of three degrees in a diatonic scale.b. A tone separated by three degrees from a given tone, especially the third tone of a scale.
- The transmission gear or gear ratio used to produce forward speeds next higher to those of second in a motor vehicle.
- Baseball Third base.
- thirds Merchandise whose quality is below the standard set for seconds.
Origin of thirdMiddle English thridde, therdde third from Old English thridda ; see trei- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural thirds)
- The person or thing in the third position.
- Jones came in third.
- One of three equal parts of a whole.
- He ate a third of the pie. Divided by two-thirds.
- (uncountable) The third gear of an engine.
- Now put it into third.
- (music) An interval consisting of the first and third notes in a scale.
- They sing in thirds.
- (baseball) third base
- The play ended with Jones standing on third.
- (archaic) One sixtieth of a second, i.e., the third in a series of fractional parts in a sexagesimal number system. Also formerly known as a tierce.
(third-person singular simple present thirds, present participle thirding, simple past and past participle thirded)
Old English Ã¾ridda.