three ( threes plural ) Three is the number 3. num We waited three months before going back to see the specialist.
If you describe something such as a disagreement, competition, or game as three-cornered, you mean that it involves three people, groups, or teams.
(mainly BRIT) adj usu ADJ n
...the three-cornered struggle between employers and male and female workers.
1 adj A three-dimensional object is solid rather than flat, because it can be measured in three different directions, usually the height, length, and width. The abbreviation 3-D can also be used.
...a three-dimensional model.
2 adj A three-dimensional picture, image, or film looks as though it is deep or solid rather than flat. The abbreviation 3-D can also be used.
...new software, which generates both two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional images.
3 adj If you describe fictional characters as three-dimensional you mean that they seem real and natural., (approval)
She emerges as a full, three-dimensional character in a way that few horror genre heroines ever do.
4 adj Three-dimensional art or design is produced by carving or shaping stone, wood, clay, or other materials. The abbreviation 3-D can also be used.
...a degree in three-dimensional art.
In American English, people sometimes use three-fourths to mean three-quarters. quant QUANT of n
Three-fourths of the apartments in the ghetto had no heat...
Three-fourths is also a pronoun., pron
He has just under 1,600 delegates, about three-fourths what he needs to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
three-line whip ( three-line whips plural ) A three-line whip is a situation where the MPs in a political party are ordered to attend parliament and vote in a particular way on a particular issue.
1 adj A three-piece suit is a set of three pieces of matching clothing, usually a man's jacket, waistcoat, and trousers.
2 adj A three-piece suite is a sofa and two matching armchairs.
(mainly BRIT) ADJ n
three-point turn ( three-point turns plural ) When the driver of a vehicle does a three-point turn, he or she turns the vehicle by driving forwards in a curve, then backwards in a curve, and then forwards in a curve. n-count
three-quarter , three quarter
You can use three-quarter to describe something which is three fourths of the usual size or three fourths of a standard measurement. adj ADJ n
Choose short or three-quarter sleeves for summer., ...a session which lasted one and three-quarter hours.
Three-quarters is an amount that is three out of four equal parts of something. quant QUANT of n
Three-quarters of the country's workers took part in the strike..., It took him about three-quarters of an hour.
Three-quarters is also a pronoun., pron
Road deaths have increased by three-quarters...
Three-quarters is also an adverb., adv ADV adj/-ed
We were left with an open bottle of champagne three-quarters full...
When talking about children's education, the three Rs are the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic. n-plural the N
three-wheeler ( three-wheelers plural ) A three-wheeler is a bicycle or car with three wheels. n-count