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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n two-thirds two of three equal parts of a divisible whole
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Two-thirds of promotion is motion”
  • Proverb
    “Two dogs strive for a bone and the third one runs off with it.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.”
  • Gaelic Proverb
    Gaelic Proverb
    “Assurance is two-thirds of success.”
  • Lebanese Proverb
    Lebanese Proverb
    “Hygiene is two thirds of health.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man, who has no gills.”


In literature:

The morning of the third long day Mrs. Dick brought her two thin letters.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
I believe that at least ninety out of every hundred house-properties in Australia are mortgaged up to at least two-thirds of their value.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
You see, Andrew managed to get possession of just two-thirds of the parcel of sugar-plums.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Those of the second, rent for three hundred livres the journal: those of third, at two hundred livres.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Browning insisted that he was entitled to only forty-six and two-thirds per cent.
"The Wedge of Gold" by C. C. Goodwin
The first, third, and fourth have each only two movements.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
As it is now the lumberman wastes two-thirds of every tree he cuts down.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
As it is, we shall miss about two-thirds of them.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
Two of them were Molly and Tim Doyle, the third a little girl whom Maida did not know.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
There were altogether seven of these Inspectors appointed, three being for the first district, two for the second, and two for the third.
"King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855" by E. Keble Chatterton
Then a third halfway between the first two.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There are over two hundred acres, two-thirds of them woodland.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
Ikey Aaronsohnn, the third of the famous Three, walked between the other two, as befitted the brain and purse of the concern.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
It was two-thirds of his fortune, and he paid it the next day.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
The third trooper let the two strangers in ahead of him, and then closed the door and put his back against it.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
Two of the prisoners are patched up, but the third one is in the other operating room.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The test is passed by about one third of "average adults" and by over two thirds of "superior adults.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Use this instead of the Bordeaux mixture after the fruit has reached half or two thirds of the mature size.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
The bowels should be quickly opened by castor oil, and the feedings should be cut down at least two-thirds or one-half.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Sessions are public, and business may not be transacted unless at least two-thirds of the members are present.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg

In poetry:

There are pictures
of the two of them, no need of a third, hand
in hand, hearts willing
to be one but not three.
"Album" by R S Thomas
I HAVE a harp of many strings
But two are enough for me:
One is for love and one for death;
And what would the third one be?
"The Harp" by Aline Murray Kilmer
I lay and dreamed. Three crosses stood
Amid the gloomy air.
Two bore two men—one was the Good;
The third rose waiting, bare.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Two vigorous cubs spring up to light,
And to their parent haste;
Caelius a third, in tenderer plight,
Within the pit embrac'd!
"The Panther" by William Hayley
But you spared me this, like the heart you are,
And filled my empty heart at a word.
If two lives join, there is oft a scar,
They are one and one, with a shadowy third;
One near one is too far.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Then shook hands with two Georges, who near him were seated,
Who closed in his left, and the circle completed;
He liked them both well, but he frankly averred,
He expected to prove better pleased with the Third.
"The Round Table or, King Arthur's Feast" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

Two-thirds of the country lives in large metropolitan areas, home to the nation's worst traffic jams and some of its oldest roads and bridges.
Returns show nearly two-thirds voting against measure.
In the 16 years since President Clinton and Congress overhauled the nation's welfare system, the number of people receiving cash assistance has fallen by two-thirds.
California gets two-thirds of its gasoline from Alaska, so why not water also.
Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.
Exit polling showed he won two-thirds of the vote among college-age adults 18-to-29 years old.
With more than two-thirds of Earth covered by water, there's plenty still to be discovered on the home planet.
The IMF hopes to gain governments' agreement this week to raise its funds by more than US$400 billion, about two-thirds of the amount it said it would need three months ago, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde signaled yesterday.
The sea has traditionally provided two-thirds of Udo Island's income.
Two-thirds of Central New York's state legislator races are uncontested .
Both the city and the firefighters' union are waiting to see what happens next after two-thirds of the union membership voted down a three-year contract proposal the city says was aimed at avoiding layoffs.
But over the past six months Georgia has chopped that waiting list by two-thirds.
The council decision in June to ban the bags could only be re-opened if two thirds of council agreed.
For those under age 30, about two thirds support gay marriage and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Two-thirds of the incumbents who lost on Tuesday fell in large part because of redistricting.

In science:

Let f and g be two morphisms such that the third diagram in definition 44 commutes.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Let Ω be the two-by-two matrix obtained by removing the first and the third rows and columns from ∆−1 .
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Second, two spins with the same or different sizes connected by F coupling and third, two spins with different sizes connected by AF coupling.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
This case has an initial transverse linear momentum of two thirds the ISCO magnitude.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
And the third relation follows from the first two.
Bernoulli Sieve
It is tensorial in the first two arguments, but nonlinear (in general) in the third.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
As shown in, the second and the third line of Eq. (28) refer to two different types of von Neumann measurements while the failure probability given in the first line can be reached only by a generalized measurement.
Distinguishing mixed quantum states: Minimum-error discrimination versus optimum unambiguous discrimination
Points on the coordinate planes in three dimensional space have nearest neighbors in two dimensions but not in the third.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The third inequality follows from the with probability at least 1 − exp (cid:16)−Ω (cid:16) √n fact that the trace distance between two quantum states is an upper bound on the total variation distance between the probability distributions got by performing a measurement on the two states.
Random measurement bases, quantum state distinction and applications to the hidden subgroup problem
Two orbifold groupoids G and G′ are said to be orbifold Morita equivalent if there is a third orbifold groupoid H and two equivalences φ : H → G and φ′ : H → G′ .
A Stringy Product on Twisted Orbifold K-theory
So, we have a symmetric random walk, which makes a move of unit length at each moment of time with probability 1, but nonetheless looses somehow two thirds of the diffusion coefficient.
Random patterns generated by random permutations of natural numbers
From a technical point of view, superconductors only become useful when they are operated well below their critical temperature—one-half to two-third of that temperature provides a rule of thumb.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
Since the codon frequency is determined with respect to the specific locations of the strings of the length q = 3, then two third of the abundance of copies of these strings fall beyond the calculation of the codon frequency distribution.
Codon Usage Bias Measured Through Entropy Approach
It is thus enough to wait a random time not larger than O(L log2 L) to find the state of the system in the success region with probability close to two thirds.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
However, at r ′ = 20 there are around 2000 galaxies per square in total, approximately two thirds of which are in the final magnitude bin (e.g.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS