third ( thirds plural )
1 ord The third item in a series is the one that you count as number three.
I sleep on the third floor..., It was the third time one of his cars had gone up in flames...
2 fraction A third is one of three equal parts of something.
A third of the cost went into technology and services...
3 adv You say third when you want to make a third point or give a third reason for something.
ADV with cl (not last in cl)
First, interest rates may take longer to fall than is hoped. Second, in real terms, lending may fall. Third, bad loans could wipe out much of any improvement.
4 n-count A third is the lowest honours degree that can be obtained from a British university. usu sing
A third-class degree is the lowest honours degree that can be obtained from a British university. adj ADJ n
1 adj Third-degree burns are very severe, destroying tissue under the skin.
He suffered third-degree burns over 98 per cent of his body.
2 n-sing If you say that someone has been given thethird degree, you mean that they have been questioned or criticized extremely severely, sometimes with physical violence.
INFORMAL usu the N
The next thing you know, she's phoned to complain and you're suddenly being given the third degree.
third party ( third parties plural )
1 n-count A third party is someone who is not one of the main people involved in a business agreement or legal case, but who is involved in it in a minor role.
You can instruct your bank to allow a third party to remove money from your account.
2 adj Third-party insurance is a type of insurance that pays money to people who are hurt or whose property is damaged as a result of something you have done. It does not pay you any money for damage you suffer as a result of your own actions.
Premiums for third-party cover are set to rise by up to 25 per cent.
In grammar, a statement in the third person is a statement about another person or thing, and not directly about yourself or about the person you are talking to. The subject of a statement like this is `he', `she', `it', or a name or noun. n-sing the N
If you describe something as third-rate, you mean that it is of a very poor quality or standard. adj usu ADJ n
...a third-rate movie.
The Third Way is used to refer to a set of political beliefs and principles that is neither extremely right-wing nor extremely left-wing. n-sing
The countries of Africa, Asia, and South America are sometimes referred to all together as the Third World, especially those parts that are poor, do not have much power, and are not considered to be highly developed. Compare First World. n-proper the N, N n
...development in the Third World., ...Third World debt.