Tierce definition

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(fencing) The third defensive position, from which a lunge or parry can be made.
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A measure of liquid capacity, equal to a third of a pipe, or 42 gallons (159 liters).
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(sports) The third position from which a parry or thrust can be made in fencing.
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(music) An interval of a third.
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(obs.) A third.
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An old unit of liquid measure, equal to13 pipe (42 gallons)
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A cask of this capacity, between a barrel and a hogshead in size.
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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.
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A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.
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(music) The third tone of the scale. See mediant.
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(card games) A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king and queen is called tierce-major.
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(fencing) The third defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
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(heraldry) An ordinary that covers the left or right third of the field of a shield or flag.
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(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.
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(games) A sequence of three cards of the same suit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tierce
Plural:
tierces

Origin of tierce

  • Middle English from Old French from feminine of tiers third from Latin tertius trei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French tierce.

    From Wiktionary