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three British & World English

Equivalent to the sum of one and two; one more than two; 3

three New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(Roman numeral iii or III)

iii in three British & World English

Equivalent to the sum of one and two; one more than two; 3

three-ply British & World English

(Of material or yarn) having three layers or strands

three-way British & World English

Involving three directions, processes, or participants

three Rs New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

reading, writing, and arithmetic

Page Three British & World English

A feature which appears daily on page three of the Sun newspaper, comprising a picture of a topless young woman

three parts British & World English

Three out of four equal parts; three quarters

three-hanky British & World English

Self-indulgently sentimental

three-peat British & World English

Win a particular sporting championship three times, especially consecutively

three-phase British & World English

(Of an electric generator, motor, or other device) designed to supply or use simultaneously three separate alternating currents of the same voltage, but with phases differing by a third of a period

three-piece British & World English

Consisting of three separate and complementary items, in particular:

three-sided British & World English

Having three sides or aspects

three-star British & World English

(Especially of accommodation or service) given three stars in a grading system in which this denotes a high class or quality, being one grade below four-star

three cheers British & World English

Three successive hurrahs shouted to express appreciation or congratulation

three-decker British & World English

A thing with three levels or layers

three-handed British & World English

Having, using, or requiring three people

three-parent British & World English

Containing a chromosomal complement from a mother and father and the mitochondrial DNA from the egg of a donor

three-pronged British & World English

Having three projecting, pointed parts

three-quarter British & World English

Consisting of three quarters of something in terms of size, length, time, etc.

Three Sisters British & World English

Glacier-covered volcanic peaks in west central Oregon, in the Cascade Range, in a noted wilderness area

Three Stooges British & World English

A US comedy team, comprising various partners from the early 1930s to 1970. The most popular trio (1934–46) were Moe Howard (born Moses Horwitz) (1897–1975), Curly Howard (Moe’s brother; born Jerome Lester Horwitz) (1903–52), and Larry Fine (born Louis Feinberg) (1902–75). The Stooges' nearly 200 movie shorts include Men in Black (1934), Hold That Lion! (1947), and Quiz Whizz (1958)

three strikes British & World English

Legislation which makes an offender’s third felony punishable by life imprisonment or other severe sentence

three-wheeler British & World English

A vehicle with three wheels

the three Es British & World English

Economy, efficiency, and effectiveness

the three Rs British & World English

Reading, writing, and arithmetic, regarded as the fundamentals of learning

three quarters British & World English

Three of the four equal parts into which something may be divided

the Big Three British & World English

The three, four, etc., most important or powerful figures in a particular field

Group of Three British & World English

The three largest industrialized economies (the US, Germany, and Japan)

rule of three British & World English

A method of finding a number in the same ratio to a given number as exists between two other given numbers

three-dimensional British & World English

Having or appearing to have length, breadth, and depth

Three Wise Men British & World English

Another name for the Magi.

three-dimensional English Thesaurus

a three-dimensional image

three-card trick British & World English

A game, traditionally associated with confidence tricksters, in which bets are made on which is the queen among three cards lying face downwards

three-legged race British & World English

A race run by pairs of people, one member of each pair having their left leg tied to the right leg of the other

three-line whip British & World English

(In the UK) a written notice, underlined three times to denote urgency, to members of a political party to attend a parliamentary vote

Three Mile Island British & World English

An island in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, site of a nuclear power station. In 1979 an accident caused damage to the reactor core, provoking strong reactions against the nuclear industry in the US

three-mile limit British & World English

The outer boundary of the area extending 3 miles (4.8 km) out to sea from the coast of a state or country, considered to be within its jurisdiction

three-point turn British & World English

A method of turning a vehicle round in a narrow space by moving forwards, backwards, and forwards again in a sequence of arcs

three-ring circus British & World English

A disorganized or frenetic scene or spectacle


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