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tierce

 (tîrs)
n.
1. Variant of terce.
2. A measure of liquid capacity, equal to a third of a pipe, or 42 gallons (159 liters).
3. Games A sequence of three cards of the same suit.
4. Sports The third position from which a parry or thrust can be made in fencing.
5. Music An interval of a third.

[Middle English, from Old French, from feminine of tiers, third, from Latin tertius; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

tierce

(tɪəs)
n
1. (Roman Catholic Church) a variant of terce
2. (Fencing) the third of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing
3. (Card Games) cards a sequence of three cards in the same suit
4. (Units) an obsolete measure of capacity equal to 42 wine gallons
[C15: from Old French, feminine of tiers third, from Latin tertius]

tierce

(tɪərs)

n.
1. an old measure of capacity equivalent to one third of a pipe, or 42 wine gallons.
2. a cask or vessel holding this quantity.
3. (in piquet) a sequence of three cards of the same suit.
4. Obs. a third.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, feminine of tiers < Latin tertius third]

Tierce

 a band or company of soldiers; a cask of wine, hence, a similar amount of other commodities; the third part of a thing or group of people or things.
Examples: tierce of beef (a cask), 1800; of coffee berries, 1825; of French claret (cask), 1707; of honey (a cask), 1585; of pork (a cask), 1800; of soldiers (a band or company); of tobacco, 1886; of wine (a cask).

Tierce

A unit of liquid volume, forty-two gallons (one-third Pipe).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tierce - the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m.
canonical hour - (Roman Catholic Church) one of seven specified times for prayer
2.Tierce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and onetierce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
3.Tierce - one of three equal parts of a divisible wholetierce - one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
common fraction, simple fraction - the quotient of two integers
Translations
tercer
References in classic literature ?
And as that famous great tierce is mystically carved in front, so the whale's vast plaited forehead forms innumerable strange devices for the emblematical adornment of his wondrous tun.
In spite of the complaints of the French as to the nonobservance of the rules, in spite of the fact that to some highly placed Russians it seemed rather disgraceful to fight with a cudgel and they wanted to assume a pose en quarte or en tierce according to all the rules, and to make an adroit thrust en prime, and so on- the cudgel of the people's war was lifted with all its menacing and majestic strength, and without consulting anyone's tastes or rules and regardless of anything else, it rose and fell with stupid simplicity, but consistently, and belabored the French till the whole invasion had perished.
But each of them had a prize to win, a goal to kick, an axe to grind, a race to run, a new thrust in tierce to deliver, a name to carve, a crow to pick--so they were not followers of true adventure.
Ces memes travaux pourraient etre realises pour des compagnies tierces sous l'agrement DACM et sous l'agrement europeen que detient Air Algerie, indique la meme source.