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three definition

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This page has 11 definitions of three in English, Manx, and Scots. Three is a numeral and noun. Examples of how to use three in a sentence are shown. Also define these 19 related words and terms: 3, ICAO spelling alphabet, tree, numerical, value, two, four, set, group, element, unit, length, years, playing card, pip, o'clock, basketball, three-pointer, and three.

Translingual three definition

Etymology

From English three

Pronunciation

Numeral

three

  1. Code word for the digit 3 in the NATO/ICAO spelling alphabet
    • Icao Spelling Alphabet definition
      The ICAO radiotelephony spelling alphabet of the International Civil Aviation Organization. This alphabet assigns names to letters of the alphabet for clearer enunciation (and for the same reason pronounces the numeral 9 as "niner"):

Synonyms

ITU/IMO code word terrathree[2]

References

  1. ^ That is, as tree without tr-affrication. Annex 10 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation: Aeronautical Telecommunications; Volume II Communication Procedures including those with PANS status[1], 6th edition, International Civil Aviation Organization, October 2001, retrieved 23 January 2019, page §5.2.1.3, Figure 5–1
    • Tree definition
      A perennial woody plant, not exactly defined, but differentiated from a shrub by its larger size (typically over a few meters in height) or growth habit, usually having a single (or few) main axis or trunk unbranched for some distance above the ground and a head of branches and foliage. (1 of 16 tree definitions)
  2. ^ International Maritime Organisation (2005). International Code of Signals, p. 22–23. Fourth edition, London.

English three definition

English numbers (edit)
30
 ←  2 3 4  → 
    Cardinal: three
    Ordinal: third, trito-
    Latinate ordinal: tertiary
    Adverbial: thrice
    Multiplier: triple, threefold
    Distributive: triply
    Collective: triad, threesome
    Fractional: third
    Number of musicians: trio, triplet

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle English thre, threo, thrie, thri, from Old English þrī, from Proto-West Germanic *þrīʀ, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes. Doublet of trey.

Cognates with German drei, Albanian tre, Armenian երեք (erekʿ), Latvian trīs, Lithuanian trỹs, Greek τρεῖς (treῖs), and others.

Pronunciation

Numeral

three

  1. A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as 3; this many dots (•••).
  2. Describing a set or group with three elements.

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Noun

three (plural threes)

  1. The digit/figure 3.
  2. Anything measuring three units, as length.
    Put all the threes in a separate container.
  3. A person who is three years old.
    All the threes will go in Mrs. Smith's class, while I'll take the fours and fives.
  4. The playing card featuring three pips.
    • Playing Card definition
      Any of the usually 52 rectangular pieces of card used to play numerous games, featuring either one to 10 pips or a picture and belonging of one of four suits.
  5. Three o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[2]:
      It was a weary time. A carriage clock had been placed on the discoloured wooden mantelpiece, and slowly its hands crept on from one to two and from two to three.
    • O'clock definition
      In conjunction with a numeral, indicates the time within a twelve-hour period (midnight to noon or noon to midnight), specifically the time when the hour hand of a clock points precisely to the symbol or marking corresponding to the designated numeral. (1 of 3 o'clock definitions)
  6. (basketball) Abbreviation of three-pointer.

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See also

Playing cards in English · playing cards (layout · text)
ace deuce, two three four five six seven
eight nine ten jack, knave queen king joker, jolly joker

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Manx three definition

Numeral

three

  1. Alternative spelling of tree.

Scots three definition

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Etymology

From Middle English thre, from Old English þriē, þrī, þreō, from Proto-West Germanic *þrīʀ, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

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Numeral

cardinal number
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