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third    : [θ'ɚd]
Third \Third\, n.
1. The quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three
equal parts into which anything is divided.
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2. The sixtieth part of a second of time.
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3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale; the mediant.
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4. pl. (Law) The third part of the estate of a deceased
husband, which, by some local laws, the widow is entitled
to enjoy during her life.
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{Major third} (Mus.), an interval of two tones.

{Minor third} (Mus.), an interval of a tone and a half.
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Third \Third\ (th[~e]rd), a. [OE. thirde, AS. [thorn]ridda, fr.
[thorn]r[imac], [thorn]re['o], three; akin to D. derde third,
G. dritte, Icel. [thorn]ri[eth]i, Goth. [thorn]ridja, L.
tertius, Gr. tri`tos, Skr. t[.r]t[imac]ya. See {Three}, and
cf. {Riding} a jurisdiction, {Tierce}.]
1. Next after the second; coming after two others; -- the
ordinal of three; as, the third hour in the day. "The
third night." --Chaucer.
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2. Constituting or being one of three equal parts into which
anything is divided; as, the third part of a day.
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{Third estate}.
(a) In England, the commons, or the commonalty, who are
represented in Parliament by the House of Commons.
(b) In France, the tiers ['e]tat. See {Tiers ['e]tat}.

{Third order} (R. C. Ch.), an order attached to a monastic
order, and comprising men and women devoted to a rule of
pious living, called the third rule, by a simple vow if
they remain seculars, and by more solemn vows if they
become regulars. See {Tertiary}, n., 1.

{Third person} (Gram.), the person spoken of. See {Person},
n., 7.

{Third sound}. (Mus.) See {Third}, n., 3.
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adv 1: in the third place; "third we must consider unemployment"
[synonym: {third}, {thirdly}]
adj 1: coming next after the second and just before the fourth
in position [synonym: {third}, {3rd}, {tertiary}]
n 1: one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains
approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
[synonym: {one-third}, {third}, {tierce}]
2: the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is
stationed near the third of the bases in the infield
(counting counterclockwise from home plate); "he is playing
third" [synonym: {third base}, {third}]
3: following the second position in an ordering or series; "a
distant third"; "he answered the first question willingly,
the second reluctantly, and the third with resentment"
4: the musical interval between one note and another three notes
away from it; "a simple harmony written in major thirds"
5: the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box
of a motor vehicle; "you shouldn't try to start in third
gear" [synonym: {third gear}, {third}]
6: the base that must be touched third by a base runner in
baseball; "he was cut down on a close play at third" [synonym:
{third base}, {third}]

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