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Definition of Tierce

Tierce

  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. 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. A position in thrusting or parrying in which the wrist and nails are turned downward.
  6. The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for that hour.
  7. Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures; -- said of an escutcheon.
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