Tier·cé a. Her. Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures; -- said of an escutcheon.
1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is, forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.
2. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.
3. Mus. The third tone of the scale. See Mediant.
4. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.
5. Fencing A position in thrusting or parrying in which the wrist and nails are turned downward.
6. R. C. Ch. The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.
n 1: the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m. [syn: terce]
2: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
[syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, leash, troika,
triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion, triplet,
tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-ace]
3: one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains
approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
[syn: one-third, third]