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Definition of "third" []

  • The ordinal number matching the number three in a series. (noun)
  • One of three equal parts. (noun)
  • Music An interval of three degrees in a diatonic scale. (noun)
  • Music A tone separated by three degrees from a given tone, especially the third tone of a scale. (noun)
  • The transmission gear or gear ratio used to produce forward speeds next higher to those of second in a motor vehicle. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "third" in a sentence
  • "He likes the term 'third way', because his own political philosophy, developed in the late 1960s, was a version of this idea."
  • "And coming up in third is Liberal MP Lucienne Robillard in Westmount-Ville-Marie at $27 million."
  • "Am I the only person who objects to the term third-wave feminist?"