Definition of third position in English:

third position

Syllabification: third po·si·tion


  • 1 Ballet A posture in which the turned-out feet are placed one in front of the other, so that the heel of the front foot fits into the hollow of the instep of the back foot.
  • 1.1A position of the arms in which one is held curved in front of the body and the other curved to the side, both at waist level.
  • 2 Music A position of the left hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument nearer to the bridge than the second position, enabling a higher set of notes to be played.
    More example sentences
    • These five duos are in a contemporary/ragtime style, with viola to third position and cello in bass clef.
    • So they shoved the beginners, the ones who had trouble with first position, let alone third position, onto the viola, where they were never heard again.
    • The work does not go beyond third position, and there are no complex rhythms or bowing patterns.

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