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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.
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]
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]
Tiercea 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).
A unit of liquid volume, forty-two gallons (one-third Pipe).
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|Noun||1.||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 one|
tercet, ternary, ternion, terzetto, three, threesome, trey, triad, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, 3, deuce-ace, III, leash, troika
|3.||tierce - one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"|