tierce


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tierce \Tierce\, n. [F. tierce a third, from tiers, tierce,
   third, fr. L. tertius the third; akin to tres three. See
   Third, Three, and cf. Terce, Tercet, Tertiary.]
   1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is,
      forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of
      forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.
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   2. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead
      or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are
      packed for shipment.
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   3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale. See Mediant.
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   4. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce
      of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.
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   5. (Fencing) A position in thrusting or parrying in which the
      wrist and nails are turned downward.
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   6. (R. C. Ch.) The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one
      of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for
      that hour.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tierc'e \Tier*c['e]"\, a. [F.] (Her.)
   Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures;
   -- said of an escutcheon.
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