I. noun Etymology: Middle English, the highest part in a three-part composition, from treble, adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. the highest voice part in harmonic music ; soprano b. one that performs a treble part; also a member of a family of instruments having the highest range c. a high-pitched or shrill voice, tone, or sound d. the upper half of the whole vocal or instrumental tonal range — compare bass e. the higher portion of the audio frequency range in sound recording and broadcasting 2. something treble in construction, uses, amount, number, or value II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin triplus — more at triple Date: 14th century 1. a. having three parts or uses ; threefold b. triple in number or amount 2. a. relating to or having the range or part of a treble b. high-pitched, shrill c. of, relating to, or having the range of treble in sound recording and broadcasting <
treble frequencies
trebly adverb III. verb (trebled; trebling) Date: 14th century transitive verb to increase threefold intransitive verb 1. to sing treble 2. to grow to three times the size, amount, or number

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  • Treble — Treble, a doublet of triple or threefold (from Latin triplus , triple ; cf. double from duplus ), is used in several contexts:Music: *As a term applied in music to the high or acute part of the musical system; see clef. **A treble cut filter, or… …   Wikipedia

  • Treble — Tre ble, a. [OE. treble threefold, OF. treble, treible, L. triplus. See {Triple}.] 1. Threefold; triple. [1913 Webster] A lofty tower, and strong on every side With treble walls. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) (a) Acute; sharp; as, a treble… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • treble — Ⅰ. treble [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) consisting of three parts. 2) multiplied or occurring three times. ► PREDETERMINER ▪ three times as much or as many. ► NOUN 1) Brit. three sporting victories or championships in the same s …   English terms dictionary

  • Treble — Tre ble, n. [ It has been said to be a corruption of triplum [Lat.], a third part, superadded to the altus and bassus (high and low). Grove.] (Mus.) The highest of the four principal parts in music; the part usually sung by boys or women; soprano …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • treble — treb‧le [ˈtrebl] verb [intransitive, transitive] to become three times as big in amount; = TRIPLE: • Net income more than trebled, to £5.7 million. • A federal jury awarded $2 million in damages, to be trebled under antitrust law. * * * treble… …   Financial and business terms

  • Treble — Tre ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trebled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trebling}.] 1. To make thrice as much; to make threefold. Love trebled life. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter in a treble key; to whine. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He outrageously (When I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treble — (engl. für verdreifachen, dreifach, auch Sopran oder Stäbchen beim Häkeln) steht für: eine niederländische Popband, siehe Treble (Band) in der Tontechnik für den Höhenregler (zum Beispiel an einer Stereoanlage) in der Musik für den Sopran 28px… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Treble — Treble, fue un grupo de música holandés formado por Caroline Hoffman (nacida el 17 de noviembre de 1975), y las hermanas Niña van Dijk (n. 26 de mayo de 1985) y Djem van Dijk (n. 2 de julio de 1987). Conocido por su participación en el Festival… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Treble — Tre ble, adv. Trebly; triply. [Obs.] J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Treble — Tre ble, v. i. To become threefold. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • treble — adj. Triple. v. To triple; to multiply by three. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

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