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[n] the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near 3rd base; "he is playing third"
[n] the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball; "he was cut down on a close play at third"
[n] 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"
[n] the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it; "a simple harmony written in major thirds"
[n] one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
[n] 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"
[adv] in the third place; "third we must consider unemployment"
[adj] coming next after the second and just before the fourth in position

Misc. Definitions

\Third\ (th[~e]rd), a. [OE. thirde, AS. [thorn]ridda, fr. [thorn]r[=i], [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[=i]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.
2. Constituting or being one of three equal parts into which anything is divided; as, the third part of a day. {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.
\Third\, n.
1. The quotient of a unit divided by three; one of three equal parts into which anything is divided.
2. The sixtieth part of a second of time.
3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale; the mediant.
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. {Major third} (Mus.), an interval of two tones. {Minor third} (Mus.), an interval of a tone and a half.

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