Talking Numbers

Talking Numbers : Numbers have always fascinated mankind. The ancients attached mystical significance to numbers and believed they held all the mysterious to the origins and systematic functioning of the universe.

Indeed, numbers can talk if only we know how to decipher their secret meanings. The word number itself has many meanings, besides the regular mathematical definition, one of these being: a song, dance or other musical item, according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

In this chapter, we will let numbers do the talking in unlocking the meaning of hitherto esoteric or meaningless words. The words on these pages are either directly derived from numbers or have numbers embedded in their etymology (roots) or meanings.

You are welcome to share your talking numbers with the rest of the world by submitting them to us. We will add those words in these lists.

Tercentenary : noun

A three hundredth anniversary

Tertiary : adjective

1. third in order or level, denoting education at a level beyond that provided by schools

2. relating to or denoting medical treatment provided at a specialist institution

Third-Degree : adjective

1. (Medical) denoting burns of the most severe kind

2. (Law) denoting the lease category of crime, especially murder

Third-Degree : noun

Long and harsh questioning to obtain information or a confession

Third-rate : adjective

Of inferior or very poor quality

Tithe : noun

One-tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the church and clergy

Tithe : verb

To subject to or pay as tithe

Triad : noun

A group or set of three connected people or thing

Trimester : noun

1. a period of three months, especially as a division of the duration of pregnancy

2. each of the three terms in an academic year

Trio : noun

A set or a group of three

Tripe : noun

1. the first or second stomach of a cow or other ruminant used as food

2. (informal) nonsense, rubbish

Trisexual : adjective

Sexually attracted towards men, women and eunuchs

Trisexual : noun

A person who is sexually attracted to men, women and eunuchs

The word is not found in most dictionaries, since very few people discuss the condition or even admit to being trisexuals. But readers will come across it in girlie magazines, although rarely.

Triskaidekaphobia : noun

Extreme superstition or fear regarding the number thirteen

Triumvirate : noun

1. A group of three powerful or notable people or things

2. (in ancient Rome) a group of three men holding power

Trivial : adjective

Of little value or importance

Troika : noun

1. a Russian vehicle pulled by a team of three horses

2. a group of three people working together, especially as administrators or managers

24-7 : adverb

Twenty four hours a day and seven days a week : all the time

20/20 : adjective

Denoting vision of normal acuity

Two-bit : adjective

Insignificant, cheap or worthless

Two-time : verb

(Informal) be unfaithful to a lover or to spouse

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