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Meaning & Definition of Third in English

English

Third

/θərd/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • third

4. The musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it

  • "A simple harmony written in major thirds"
    synonym:
  • third

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

adjective

1. Coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position

    synonym:
  • third
  • ,
  • 3rd
  • ,
  • tertiary

adverb

1. In the third place

  • "Third we must consider unemployment"
    synonym:
  • third
  • ,
  • thirdly

Examples of using

This is the third scene of the second act.
Tom sat in the third row.
"What a fabulous creation can a woman be compared with?" "With a triple-headed snake. She speaks one thing, thinks another, and does the third".