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# Thrice|Definition & Meaning

## Definition

Three times any value is called “**thrice**” that value. It is a quick way of saying, “the **product** of **multiplying** x by 3 is y,” where we just say, “**thrice** x is y” or “y is **thrice** x.” For example, since 5 x 3 is 15, we can say that 15 is **thrice** 3. Sometimes, we also use the word tripled, as in “y is x **tripled.”**

## What Does Thrice Mean?

In mathematical terms, **thrice** means multiplying any number with a **quantity** of three. Such terminologies are used in **mathematical** word problems in which relationships of multiple **expressions** are described. It simply means to add a given quantity three times with itself. Similar notions like once, twice, etc., are also used to represent such a **relationship**.

Thrice is a numerical **term** that is known as a multiplicative number used to represent a repetition of quantity.

Whenever an event or occasion happens **thrice**, it means the event is repeating itself the **third** **time**. This should not be confused with twice, which means two times; as they say, you should always think not twice but **thrice** before making a judgment or **decision**.

Thrice can also be used to indicate something is three times the **size** compared to another thing or if the value is **three** **times** or the intensity of something happening a third time in a row.

## The Origin of Thrice

Different **numerical** **terms** have different functions, but **thrice** and other multiplicative numbers like **once** and **twice** perform the same functions, but it should first be clear where these terms originate from.

The majority of **mathematical** **expressions** contain Latin or Ancient English bases. The words once, twice, and **thrice** all have Ancient English origins.

Once refers to an adjective meaning that comes from the medieval English letter “**ones**” and the ancient English letter “**anes**” (of one). It is frequently used to indicate **periodicity**, which is the occurrence of a phenomenon once and only once.

**Once** can also be employed to denote an earlier occurrence. For instance, “He was **once** a polite student.”. Here **Once** told us that the youngster used to be polite, but that isn’t the case now.

The second **term** twice or originally called ‘**twise,’** is a combination of the ancient English words “**twiges**” and the medieval English words “**twies**” and “**twizes.**”

Since it is now clear what **once** and **twice** are, it becomes easy to predict what comes after that. If one follows the argument of the prior discussion, saying that **thrice** comes after twice would not be a bad answer; in fact, it is the right one. Just like the origin of once and twice, **thrice** comes from the same **background** and holds the exact meanings as did the previous two.

The use of the **term** **thrice** has now been relatively out of date, as compared to **once** and **twice**, but it is still fairly used in American and British literature.

Sometimes you could find **thrice** being used to denote a deliberately comedic or antique stereotype. Also, these terms come in handy as they are one word shorter than their counterpart, such as twice being used two times and **thrice** being used as **three times;** it becomes easy to just use the short form for better and fluent conversation. Despite being rarely used, you may come across words like **thrice** big or **thrice** removed in your daily life **routine**.

## Other Types of Numerical Terms

Other than the **multiplicative** **terms**, there are many other **numerical** **terms** that are used in mathematics, some of which are

### Cardinal Numbers

The numbers that are used to represent a quantity are **cardinal** **numbers**, such as **one, two, and three**. These distinct terms are used occasionally in our daily routines. As they represent simple **quantities**, their names are **derived** from ancient English vocabulary.

### Collective Numerals

When we are obliged to represent sets and groups, we use collective **numerals**, such as **twins,** **triplets,** **quadruplets**, etc. Collective numbers have many subcategories, but the most common ones are the **ones** described above.

The music industry also uses these terms with a slight change as a **duo**, **trio**, and **quartet**. Other common terms used in our routines are **dozen, pairs,** etc., which are extensively combined with day-to-day belongings.

### Composite Numerals

Such **Numbers** represent the origin of something or what it is **composed** of. As the name suggests, they are used to denote **composition**. It illustrates the concept that the item is made of a single **term**, two terms, or maybe even three terms. We call them **unary, binary, ternary, and quaternary,** and the list goes on. The most common one is **binary**, as it is used in every **computer program.**

### Multiplicative Numbers

Once, twice, and **thrice** are **multiplicative** **numbers**, and we have discussed them thoroughly in the previous section. They are used to represent a **repetition** of something.

Some other common numerical terms are **ordinal numbers, partitive numbers, ranking numbers, and reproductive numbers**. All of these terms have distinct **functionality** and a distinct set of words contained in them.

## What Comes After Thrice?

Now we are much more aware of the different **numerical** **terms**, their **functions**, and the type of terms once, twice, and **thrice**. But one thing that is still missing is what comes after **thrice**.

Usually, the counting ends at **thrice** since there is not much available to follow it in succession. Also, according to the world dictionary, **thrice** has no successor. But a few terms have been known to be the continuation of **thrice**. The terms include **quince**, **quarce**, **fourice**, **frice,** and **quadrice**. All of these terms are claimed to represent **four times**.

Since these terms are yet to be officially announced by the world dictionary, nothing can be confirmed of which of these will lead its way of becoming the next in line of **thrice**. We are aware of the fact that the **term** **thrice** is used very rarely, so such a word having a successor will also have a hard time getting used to, which might be the reason it is not considered a **term** in the **numerical system**.

In fact, if you say **four times, five times**, etc., instead of those **terms**, it sounds easy to say and even easier for the listener to understand it.

## Solved Example Involving the Term “Thrice”

A coin is tossed **thrice** (**three times**). Find the probability of getting one head in the **three tosses**.

### Solution

The coin is tossed **thrice,** which means it is flipped three times in a **row**. A coin has two sides, **heads and tails**.

After three tosses, the possible outcomes are:

S = {H,H,H},{H,H,T},{H,T,H},{H,T,T},{T,H,H},{T,H,T},{T,T,H},{T,T,T}

From the above sequence, only once are there **no heads** in the **combination**.

And the probability of getting a head is 1/2.

So the total probability of getting at least one head is:

= $\left(\dfrac{1}{2}\right)\left(\dfrac{1}{2}\right)\left(\dfrac{1}{2}\right)$

= $\left(\dfrac{1}{2}\right)^3$

= $\dfrac{1}{8}$

So there is one out of **8 times** that there would be no head, so subtracting it from **1** gives:

= $\dfrac{(8-1)}{8}$

= $\dfrac{7}{8}$

Thus the probability of getting **a head** at least once is $\dfrac{7}{8}$.

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