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  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.
Quotations
  • 1882, Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
    1. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are packed for shipment.
    2. (music) The third tone of the scale. See mediant.
    3. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.
    4. (fencing) The third defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword at head height.
    5. (heraldiccharge) An ordinary that covers the left or right third of the field of a shield or flag.
    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.
Etymology: From French, tierce.


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