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Definitions of tern

  1. small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Any one of numerous species of long-winged aquatic birds, allied to the gulls, and belonging to Sterna and various allied genera. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Threefold; triple; consisting of three; ternate. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which consists of, or pertains to, three things or numbers together; especially, a prize in a lottery resulting from the favorable combination of three numbers in the drawing; also, the three numbers themselves. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A water bird belonging to the gull family. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A long-winged aquatic fowl allied to the gull. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A small gull - like bird with pointed bill. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Three-fold: consisting of three. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. A genus of long-winged aquatic fowls, allied to the gull. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A long-winged aquatic fowl, allied to the gulls. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. t[.e]rn, n. a long-winged aquatic fowl allied to the gull.--n. TER'NERY, a place where terns breed. [Allied to Dan. terne, sea-swallow, Ice. therna.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. t[.e]rn, adj. threefold: consisting of three: growing in threes.--n. that which consists of three things or numbers together: a prize in a lottery got by drawing three favourable numbers.--adjs. TER'NAL, threefold; TER'NARY, proceeding by, or consisting of, threes.--n. the number three.--adj. TER'N[=A]TE, threefold, or arranged in threes.--adv. TER'N[=A]TELY.--n. TER'NION, a section of paper for a book containing three double leaves or twelve pages. [L. terni, three each--tres, three.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Kinds of sea-bird like gull but usu. smaller& with longer bill. [Danish] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. Set of three, esp. three lottery numbers that when drawn together win large prize; such prize; (adj.) =TERNATE. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. [Danish, Icelandic] A long- winged aquatic fowl of the genus Sterna, closely allied to the gulls. Cabinet Dictionary

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