threest

three

[three]
noun
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.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with three pips.
adjective
5.
amounting to three in number.
Idioms
6.
three sheets in the wind. sheet2 ( def 3 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English thrēo, thrīo, feminine and neuter of thrī(e); cognate with Dutch drie, German drei, Old Norse thrīr, Gothic threis, Greek treîs, Latin trēs three, ter thrice, Irish trí, OCS tri, Sanskrit trī, tráyas

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three (θriː)
 
n
1.  See also number the cardinal number that is the sum of two and one and is a prime number
2.  a numeral, 3, III, (iii), representing this number
3.  the amount or quantity that is one greater than two
4.  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
6.  a.  amounting to three: three ships
 b.  (as pronoun): three were killed
 
Related: ternary, tertiary, treble, triple, tri-, ter-
 
[Old English thrēo; related to Old Norse thrīr, Old High German drī, Latin trēs, Greek treis]

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three
O.E. þreo, fem. and neut. (masc. þri, þrie), from P.Gmc. *thrijiz (cf. O.Fris. thre, M.Du., Du. drie, O.H.G. dri, Ger. drei, O.N. þrir, Dan. tre), from PIE *trejes (cf. Skt. trayas, Avestan thri, Gk. treis, L. tres, Lith. trys, O.C.S. trye, Ir., Welsh tri "three"). 3-D first attested
1952, abbreviation of three-dimensional (1878). Three-piece suit is recorded from 1909. Three cheers for ______ is recorded from 1751. Three-martini lunch is attested from 1972. Three-ring circus first recorded 1898. Three-sixty "complete turnaround" is from 1927, originally among aviators, in ref. to the number of degrees in a full circle. Three musketeers translates Fr. les trois mousquetaires, title of an 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas père.
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