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tierce Line breaks: tierce

Definition of tierce in English:


1 another term for terce.
2 Music An organ stop sounding two octaves and a major third above the pitch of the diapason.
3(In piquet) a sequence of three cards of the same suit.
Example sentences
  • You might sink an additional trio or tierce if the three points gained would cause you to fail to win the cards.
  • Currently, the government tax is 12 per cent on simple pools such as win, place and quinella, and 20 per cent on exotic bets like tierce, double tierce and triple tierce.
4 Fencing The third of eight parrying positions.
Example sentences
  • He reduced the number of useful guards to four and named them, ‘prima, seconda, terza and quarta ‘corresponding somewhat to our modern prime, second, tierce and quarte.’
  • A commonly used sabre parry, the three or tierce, is rarely seen in foil or épée so can be used to your advantage once you have mastered it.
5A former measure of wine equal to one third of a pipe, usually equivalent to 35 gallons (about 156 litres).
5.1 archaic A cask containing a certain quantity of provisions, the amount varying with the goods.


Late Middle English: variant of terce.


tierce de Picardie

Music A major third in the final chord of a piece in a minor key.
Example sentences
  • Duality is resolved in a final tierce de Picardie.
  • Beginning in the relative major it marches through just about every key until finally finishing off with a densely orchestrated, most satisfying tierce de Picardie.
  • The four-part Fugue is in irregular 5/4 time, rigorously built up and emotionally profound as well as frantic; it leads to another transcendental tierce de Picardie.

Words that rhyme with tierce

Bierce, fierce, Pearce, Peirce, pierce

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