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cheer

  

      vb  
1    usually foll by: up   to make or become happy or hopeful; comfort or be comforted  
2    to applaud with shouts  
3    when tr, sometimes foll by: on   to encourage (a team, person, etc.) with shouts, esp. in contests  
      n  
4    a shout or cry of approval, encouragement, etc., often using such words as hurrah! or rah! rah! rah!  
5    three cheers          three shouts of hurrah given in unison by a group to honour someone or celebrate something  
6    happiness; good spirits  
7    state of mind; spirits (archaic, except in the phrases be of good cheer, with good cheer)  
8    Archaic   provisions for a feast; fare,   (See also)        cheers  
     (C13 (in the sense: face, welcoming aspect): from Old French chere, from Late Latin cara face, from Greek kara head)  
  cheerer      n  
  cheeringly      adv  
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three  
      n  
1    the cardinal number that is the sum of two and one and is a prime number  
   See also       number       1  
2    a numeral, 3, III, (iii), representing this number  
3    the amount or quantity that is one greater than two  
4    something representing, represented by, or consisting of three units such as a playing card with three symbols on it  
5      (Also called)    three oclock   three hours after noon or midnight  
      determiner  
6   
a    amounting to three  
three ships     
b    (as pronoun)  
three were killed        (Related adjs)        ternary       tertiary       treble       triple     (Related prefixes)        tri-       ter-  
     (Old English threo; related to Old Norse thrir, Old High German dri, Latin tres, Greek treis)  


centre three-quarter  
      n     (Rugby)   either of two middle players on the three-quarter line  
Group of Three  
      n   Japan, U.S., and Germany (formerly West Germany), regarded as the largest western industrialized nations  
reel of three  
      n   (in Scottish country dancing) a figure-of-eight movement danced by three people  
rule of three  
      n   a mathematical rule asserting that the value of one unknown quantity in a proportion is found by multiplying the denominator of each ratio by the numerator of the other  
thirty-three  
      n      a former name for       LP   1  
     (C20: so called because it is played at thirty-three and a third revolutions per minute)  
three-card trick  
      n   a game in which players bet on which of three inverted playing cards is the queen  
three-colour  
      adj   of, relating to, or comprising a colour print or a photomechanical process in which a picture is reproduced by superimposing three prints from half-tone plates in inks corresponding to the three primary colours  
three-D   , 3-D  
      n   a three-dimensional effect  
three-day event  
      n      See       eventing  
three-day measles  
      n     (Pathol)      an informal name for       rubella  
three-decker  
      n  
1   
a    anything having three levels or layers  
b    (as modifier)  
a three-decker sandwich     
2    a warship with guns on three decks  
three-dimensional   , three-D, 3-D  
      adj  
1    of, having, or relating to three dimensions  
three-dimensional space     
2    (of a film, transparency, etc.) simulating the effect of depth by presenting slightly different views of a scene to each eye  
3    having volume  
4    lifelike or real  
three-four time  
      n     (Music)   a form of simple triple time in which there are three crotchet beats to the bar, indicated by the time signature <time34>,   (Often shortened to)    three-four     (Also called (esp. U.S. and Canadian))    three-quarter time  
three-gaited  
      adj     (Chiefly U.S)   (of a horse) having the three usual paces, the walk, trot, and canter  
three-legged race  
      n   a race in which pairs of competitors run with their adjacent legs tied together  
three-line whip  
      n      See       whip       20c  
three-mile limit  
      n     (International law)   the range of a nation's territorial waters, extending to three nautical miles from shore  
three-phase  
      adj   (of an electrical system, circuit, or device) having, generating, or using three alternating voltages of the same frequency, displaced in phase by 120°  
three-piece  
      adj  
1    having three pieces, esp. (of a suit, suite, etc.) consisting of three matching parts  
      n  
2    a three-piece suite, suit, etc.  
three-ply  
      adj  
1    having three layers or thicknesses  
2   
a    (of knitting wool, etc.) three-stranded  
b    (as n.)  
the sweater was knitted in three-ply     
three-point landing  
      n  
1    an aircraft landing in which the two main wheels and the nose or tail wheel all touch the ground simultaneously  
2    a successful conclusion  
three-point turn  
      n   a turn reversing the direction of motion of a motor vehicle using forward and reverse gears alternately, and completed after only three movements  
three-quarter  
      adj  
1    being three quarters of something  
a three-quarter turn     
2    being of three quarters the normal length  
      n  
3      (Rugby)  
a    any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks  
b    this position  
c    (as modifier)  
three-quarter play     
three-quarter binding  
      n   a bookbinding style in which the spine and much of the sides are in a different material (esp. leather) from the rest of the covers  
three-ring circus  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)  
1    a circus with three rings in which separate performances are carried on simultaneously  
2    a situation of confusion, characterized by a bewildering variety of events or activities  
Three Rivers  
      n      the English name for       Trois Rivières  
three Rs  
      pl n   the. the three skills regarded as the fundamentals of education; reading, writing, and arithmetic  
     (from the humorous spelling reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic)  
three-square  
      adj   having a cross section that is an equilateral triangle  
a three-square file     
three-way  
      adj  
1    providing connections to three routes from a central point  
2    involving three things or people  
three-wheeler  
      n   a light car that has three wheels  

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n.
one of the three temperaments described by WH Sheldon, characterized by hedonism, conviviality and extroversion.
[Psych.]
n.
activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and challenge other three friends to do so in order to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
also called "ice water challenge", viral campaign on social media during July–August 2014
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.

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