- Obs. a third
- [oftenT-] var. of terce
- an old unit of liquid measure, equal to pipe (42 gallons)
- a cask of this capacity, between a barrel and a hogshead in size
- Fencing the third defensive position, from which a lunge or parry can be made
Origin of tierceMiddle English terce from Old French from Classical Latin tertia, feminine of tertius, (a) third from base of tres, three
- Variant of terce
- A measure of liquid capacity, equal to a third of a pipe, or 42 gallons (159 liters).
- Games A sequence of three cards of the same suit.
- Sports The third position from which a parry or thrust can be made in fencing.
- Music An interval of a third.
Origin of tierceMiddle English from Old French from feminine of tiers third from Latin tertius ; see trei- in Indo-European roots.
- A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is, forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.
- A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.
- (music) The third tone of the scale. See mediant.
- (card games) A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king and queen is called tierce-major.
- (fencing) The third defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
- (heraldry) An ordinary that covers the left or right third of the field of a shield or flag.
- (religion, Roman Catholic) The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.
From Old French tierce.