Definition of Three

1. Noun. The cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one.

2. Adjective. Being one more than two.
Exact synonyms: 3, Iii
Similar to: Cardinal

3. Noun. One of four playing cards in a deck having three pips.
Exact synonyms: Trey
Generic synonyms: Playing Card

Definition of Three

1. a. One more than two; two and one.

2. n. The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects.

Definition of Three

1. Cardinal numeral. (cardinal) A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as 3; This many dots (•••). ¹

2. Cardinal numeral. Describing a set or group with three components. ¹

3. Noun. The digit/figure 3. ¹

4. Noun. Anything measuring three units, as length. ¹

5. Noun. A person who is three years old. ¹

6. Noun. The playing card featuring three pips. ¹

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Definition of Three

1. a number [n -S]

Medical Definition of Three

1. One more than two; two and one. "I offer thee three things." "Three solemn aisles approach the shrine." (Keble) Three is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into, composed of, or containing, three parts, portions, organs, or the like; as, three-branched, three-capsuled, three-celled, three-cleft, three-edged, three-foot, three-footed, three-forked, three-grained, three-headed, three-legged, three-mouthed, three-nooked, three-petaled, three-pronged, three-ribbed, three-seeded, three-stringed, three-toed, and the like. Origin: OE. Thre, threo, thri, AS. Thri, masc, threo, fem. And neut.; akin to OFries. Thre, OS. Thria, threa, D. Drie, G. Drei, OHG. Dri, Icel. Thrir, Dan. & Sw. Tre, Goth. Threis, Lith. Trys, Ir, Gael. & W. Tri, Russ. Tri, L. Tres, Gr. Trei^s, Skr. Tri. 301. Cf. 3d Drilling, Tern, Third, Thirteen, Thirty, Tierce, Trey, Tri-, Triad, Trinity, Tripod. 1. The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects. 2. A symbol representing three units, as 3 or III. Rule of three. See Rule. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Three

three (current term)
three-banded armadillo
three-base hit
three-body collisions
three-card monte
three-card trickster
three-center two-electron bond
three-centered arch
three-cornered bone
three-cornered leek
three-day event

Literary usage of Three

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Macbeth edited by William Shakespeare (2001)
"The insertion of these words 'and the other three Witches' in the Folio must be a mistake. There is no reason to suppose that Sh. meant to introduce more ..."

2. Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare (2001)
"They were all three buried on three successive days ; and everybody cried so much, ... Tirante el Blanco deserves a place in our memory as one of the three ..."

3. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... the other fide fet up three poles, or boughs, alfo ; which is ... that you are not to pafs beyond their three poles towards them, nor they come pait ..."

4. Othello by William Shakespeare (2001)
"In truth, it is a mere accident of terms ; for the Trilogy of the Greek theatre was a drama in three Acts, and, notwithstanding this, what strange ..."

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