# three

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## three

(thrē)
n.
1. The cardinal number equal to 2 + 1.
2. The third in a set or sequence.
3. Something having three parts, units, or members.

[Middle English, from Old English thrī; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

## three

(θriː)
n
1. (Mathematics) the cardinal number that is the sum of two and one and is a prime number. See also number1
2. (Mathematics) a numeral, 3, III, (iii), representing this number
3. (Mathematics) the amount or quantity that is one greater than two
4. (Card Games) something representing, represented by, or consisting of three units such as a playing card with three symbols on it
5. Also called: three o'clock three hours after noon or midnight
determiner
a. amounting to three: three ships.
b. (as pronoun): three were killed.
[Old English thrēo; related to Old Norse thrīr, Old High German drī, Latin trēs, Greek treis]

## three

(θri)

n.
1. a cardinal number, 2 plus 1.
2. a symbol for this number, as 3 or III.
3. a set of this many persons or things.
4. amounting to three in number.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English thrēo, thrīo, feminine and neuter of thrī(e), c. Old Frisian thrē, Old Saxon thrīe, Old High German trī, Old Norse thrīr, Gothic threis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 three - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and onedigit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits" 2 three - one of four playing cards in a deck having three pipstreyplaying card - one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games Adj. 1 three - being one more than two    3, iiicardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"

## three

determiner
Related words
prefixes tri-, ter-

## three

noun
A group of three individuals:
Translations
الرَّقَم 3ثلاثةثَلاثَةثَلاثَهعُمر 3 سنوات
три
tres
třitři rokytříletý
tre
tri
kolm
kolmekolmonen
שלוש
tri
három
tiga
òriggja áraòrírþrírþrjárþrjú
san
3
tres
trystrejeritrejeriostrejetastrejų metų
trei
tritri rokytraja
tritrije
три
tretrea
สาม
üçüç yaşıüç yaşında
тритрійка
ba

## three

[θriː]
B. Ntres m
the best of three (Sport) → hasta tres sets or partidos
three cheers!¡tres hurras!
see five for usage
THREE RS
La expresión the three Rs hace referencia a los tres aspectos que se consideran fundamentales en educación: reading, writing, and arithmetic (lectura, escritura y aritmética). La expresión, que tiene su origen en la forma humorística en la que se escribe a veces la frase: reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, se menciona a menudo cuando se habla de la necesidad de mejorar la calidad de la enseñanza.

## three

[ˈθriː] numtrois
She's three → Elle a trois ans.three-dimensional [ˌθriːdaɪˈmɛnʃənəl] adj [object] → tridimensionnel(le); [picture] → en relief; [film] → en trois dimensionsthree-door [ˌθriːˈdɔːr] n (= car) → trois portes f inv

## three

n (= figure, bus, Cards) → Drei f; three’s a crowddrei Leute sind schon zu viel, bei dreien ist einer zu viel ? also six

## three

:
three-act play
nDreiakter m
three-colour, (US) three-color
adj (Phot) → Dreifarben-; three printingDreifarbendruck m
three-cornered
adj three contest or fightKampf mmit drei Beteiligten or Parteien, Dreieckskampf m; three hatDreispitz m
three-D
n to be in threedreidimensional or 3-D sein
adj (also three-dimensional)dreidimensional, 3-D-; three movie3-D-Film m
three-decker
n
(Naut) → Dreidecker m
(= sandwich)Doppelsandwich nt
three-dimensional
threefold
three-fourths
three-legged
adjdreibeinig; three race (Sport) Wettlauf, bei dem zwei an einem Bein zusammengebunden werden
three-master
nDreimaster m
threepence
n (Brit old) → Dreipennystück nt
threepenny
n (Brit old) → Dreipennystück nt
threepenny bit
n (Brit old) → Dreipennystück nt
threepenny opera
threepenny piece
n (Brit old) = threepenny bit
three-phase
adjDreistufen-; (Elec) → Dreiphasen-; three circuitDreiphasenschaltung f; three plan/programmeDreistufenplan m/-programm nt
three-piece suit
n (man’s) → Anzug mmit Weste; (lady’s) →
three-piece suite
n (esp Brit) → dreiteilige Polster- or Sitzgarnitur
three-pin plug
nStecker mmit drei Kontakten
three-ply
n (= wool)Dreifachwolle f; (= wood)dreischichtiges Spanholz
attr wooddreischichtig; three woolDreifachwolle f
three-point landing
n (Aviat) → Dreipunktlandung f
three-point turn
n (Aut) → Wenden ntin drei Zügen
three-quarter
n (Sport) → Dreiviertelspieler(in) m(f)
attrdreiviertel-; three lengthdreiviertellang; three portraitHalbbild nt
three-quarters
ndrei Viertel pl; three of an hour
three-ring circus
n (US inf) → Affenzirkus m
threescore
threesome
nTrio nt, → Dreiergruppe f; (inf = group sex) → (inf); in a threezu dritt
three-speed
three-way
adj discussionmit drei Parteien; three catalystDreiwegkatalysator m; a three spliteine Dreiteilung; there’s a three tie for the leades gibt drei punktgleiche Spitzenanwärter
three-wheeler
n (Aut) → dreirädriges Auto; (= tricycle)Dreirad nt

## three

[θriː]
2. ntre m inv
the best of three (Sport) →
for usage see five

## three

(θriː) noun
1. the number or figure 3.
2. the age of 3.
1. 3 in number.
2. aged 3.
three-
having three (of something). a three-page letter.
(abbreviation 3–D) having three dimensions, ie height, width and depth.
not quite full-length. a three-quarter (-length) coat.
ˈthree-year-old noun
a person or animal that is three years old.
(of a person, animal or thing) that is three years old.

## three

tři tre kolme tri 3 tre สาม ba
References in classic literature ?
Preserved by three Brahmins, the inviolate deity, bearing the Yellow Diamond in its forehead, was removed by night, and was transported to the second of the sacred cities of India-- the city of Benares.
Taking nine Squares, each an inch every way, I had put them together so as to make one large Square, with a side of three inches, and I had hence proved to my little Grandson that -- though it was impossible for us to SEE the inside of the Square -- yet we might ascertain the number of square inches in a Square by simply squaring the number of inches in the side: "and thus," said I, "we know that 3^2, or 9, represents the number of square inches in a Square whose side is 3 inches long.
The ten liveried archers were variously disposed about the church to keep him company; two of them being locked in a tiny crypt, three in the belfry, "to ring us a wedding peal," as Robin said; and the others under quire seats or in the vestry.
Among the most beautiful and best known of these are perhaps the Three Sorrows of Story-Telling.
The three came toward where Robin Hood sat, all the band staring with might and main, for never had they seen so gay a sight as this young Page, nor one so richly clad in silks and velvets and gold and jewels.
He wanted to take her with him to his kingdom, but she begged him just to let her go once more to her father; and the Prince let her go, but told her not to say more than three words to her father, then to come back again.
The whole distance they had navigated since leaving Henry's Fort was computed to be about three hundred and forty miles; strong apprehensions were now entertained that the tremendous impediments before them would oblige them to abandon their canoes.
Great prince of the genii, you must know that we are three brothers-- these two black dogs and myself.
We can do it nicely for three hundred dollars," she answered.
But not to crowd this part with an account of the lesser part of the rogueries with which they plagued them continually, night and day, it forced the two men to such a desperation that they resolved to fight them all three, the first time they had a fair opportunity.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.
At length it reached the province of Damerghou; there the three travellers parted, and Barth took the road to Kano, where he arrived by dint of perseverance, and after paying considerable tribute.

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