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Definition of the noun third

What does third mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: thirds

  1. one of three equal parts of a divisible whole
  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)
    • example: he is playing third
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of third: third base
    • more generic word: position = the role assigned to an individual player
    • member of: baseball team = a team that plays baseball
  3. following the second position in an ordering or series
    • examples: a distant third | he answered the first question willingly, the second reluctantly, and the third with resentment
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: rank = relative status
  4. the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it
  5. the third from the lowest forward ratio gear in the gear box of a motor vehicle
  6. the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball
    • example: he was cut down on a close play at third
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of third: third base
    • more generic words: bag / base = a place that the runner must touch before scoring

Alternative definition of the noun third


  1. The person or thing in the third position.
  2. One of three equal parts of a whole.
  3. [uncountable] The third gear of an engine.
  4. [music] An interval consisting of the first and third notes in a scale.
  5. [baseball] third base
  6. [archaic] One sixtieth of a second, i.e., the third in a series of fractional parts in a sexagesimal number system. Also formerly known as a tierce.

Specialised definition of the noun third

Glossary of sports / curling

the member of the rink who plays third; usually also the vice-skip (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the player who throws stones third for a team, who is usually the vice-skip

Definition of the adjective third

What does third mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

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

Definition of the adverb third

What does third mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. in the third place
    • example: third we must consider unemployment
    • synonym of third: thirdly

Definition of the verb third

What does third mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: thirded | thirding | thirds

  1. To agree with a proposition or statement after it has already been seconded.
  2. To divide into three equal parts.

Other definitions of third

What does third also mean?


  1. The ordinal form of the cardinal number three; Coming after the second.


Who is Third?

Third a.k.a. June Renee Santiano is an actress.


  1. Third is a record label.
  2. Third is an automobile generation.


Third is a fictional character from the 2006 anime TV series Jyu Oh Sei.

  • also known as Sigurd


  1. "Third" is the third studio album by English band Portishead. It was released on 27 April 2008 on Island Records in the United Kingdom, 29 April Mercury Records in the United States and 30 April on Universal Music Japan in Japan. Third was Portishead's first studio album in 11 years and moved away from their earlier trip hop style, using instruments including analog synthesisers, the ukulele and electronic organs. It received critical acclaim and was listed as one of the best albums of 2008 by several publications.
  2. "Third" is a 1970 double LP by Soft Machine, with each side of the original vinyl consisting of a single long composition. Its music explores the emerging jazz fusion of the type present on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, which was released just a few months earlier. Third marks the most major of Soft Machine's several shifts in musical genre over their career, completing their transition from psychedelic music to jazz, and is a significant milestone of the Canterbury scene, featuring interplay between the band's personnel: Mike Ratledge on keyboards, Robert Wyatt on drums, Hugh Hopper on bass and newest member Elton Dean on saxophone. Lyn Dobson appears on saxophone and flute on "Facelift", recorded while he was a full member of the band, although he is credited as an additional performer. Jimmy Hastings makes substantial contributions on flute and clarinet on "Slightly All The Time", free-jazz violinist Rab Spall is heard on the coda to "Moon In June", and Nick Evans makes brief appearances on trombone in "Slightly All The Time" and "Out-Bloody-Rageous".
  3. "Third": 3rd, also re-issued as Sister Lovers, is the third studio album by American rock band Big Star. It was recorded in 1974. Though Ardent Studios created test pressings for the record in 1975, a combination of financial issues, the uncommercial sound of the record, and lack of interest from singer Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens in continuing the project prevented the album from ever being properly finished or released at the time of its recording. It was eventually released in 1978 by PVC Records.
    • also known as Third / Sister Lovers, Beale Street Green, Third (Test Pressing Edition), Big Star's 3rd: Sister Lovers, 3rd, Sister Lovers: The Third Album, The Third Album
    • genre: Power pop
    • released in (37 years ago)
  4. "Third" is a musical album of The Steve Adamyk Band.
    • released on
  5. "Third" is a musical album of Mutsuhiko Izumi.
    • released on
  6. "Third" is a musical album of Pavlov's Dog.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  7. "Third" is a musical album of Nieminen & Litmanen.
  8. "Third" is a musical album of Aqua Nebula Oscillator.
    • released on
  9. "Third" is a musical album of Chroma.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  10. "Third" is a musical album of Oslø Telescopic.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  11. "Third" is a musical EP of Himinbjorg.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  12. "THIRD" is a musical album of Moonchild.
  13. "Third" is a composition.
  14. "Third" is a musical album by Big Star.


"Third" was the last play written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein.


"Third" a.k.a. "Third Base" is a 1978 Japanese sports film directed by Yōichi Higashi.


"Third" is an artwork by Luke Chueh.


  1. Third: In music, the third factor of a chord is the note or pitch two scale degrees above the root or tonal center. When the third is the bass note, or lowest note, of the expressed triad, the chord is in first inversion.
  2. Third: In curling, a third is the team member who delivers the second-to-last pair of a team's stones in an end. The third is in charge of strategy and directing the sweepers when the skip is delivering their stones, but sweeps for the lead and second. The two vices are responsible for determining and recording the score after each end, and in most clubs, will determine by lot which team begins a game with the hammer and what colour stones each team will use. The third position requires a curler adept at executing shots with a high degree of accuracy, especially draws and other finesse shots, as the third needs to set up the house for the skip's stones.
  3. Third is a grade level.
    • also known as Troisième

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Google previewThe Philosopher's Dictionary - Third Edition (2002)

by Robert M. Martin

The third edition has been revised throughout, and includes many new entries on philosophical concepts ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, Third Edition (2009)

by Ronald Manual Doctor, Ada P. Kahn, Christine A. Adamec

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHOBIAS, FEARS, AND ANXIETIES THIRD EDITION Ronald M. Doctor, Ph.D. Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D. and Christine Adamec The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and ...

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Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage.
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Scrabble value of T1H4I1R1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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