triple
I. verb (tripled; tripling) Etymology: Middle English (Scots), from Late Latin triplare, from Latin triplus, adjective Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make three times as great or as many 2. a. to score (a base runner) by a triple b. to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a triple intransitive verb 1. to become three times as great or as numerous <
their profits tripled last year
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2. to make a triple in baseball II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin triplus, adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. a triple sum, quantity, or number b. a combination, group, or series of three 2. a base hit that allows the batter to reach third base safely 3. trifecta 1 III. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin triplus, from tri- + -plus multiplied by — more at -fold Date: 15th century 1. being three times as great or as many 2. having or involving three units or members <
triple bypass heart surgery
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3. having a threefold relation or character <
worked as a double or even triple agent — Time
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4. a. three times repeated ; treble b. having three full revolutions <
a triple somersault
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<
a triple lutz
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5. marked by three beats per musical measure <
triple meter
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6. a. having units of three components <
triple feet
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b. of rhyme involving correspondence of three syllables (as in unfortunate-importunate)

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  • triple — [ tripl ] adj. et n. m. • 1380 sens 4; treble, tribleXIIe XIIIe; lat. triplus, var. de triplex 1 ♦ Qui équivaut à trois, se présente comme trois. Un triple rang de perles. Triple menton. « Peintre, poète et musicien, il saisit tout sous un triple …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • triplé — triple [ tripl ] adj. et n. m. • 1380 sens 4; treble, tribleXIIe XIIIe; lat. triplus, var. de triplex 1 ♦ Qui équivaut à trois, se présente comme trois. Un triple rang de perles. Triple menton. « Peintre, poète et musicien, il saisit tout sous un …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Triple — Tri ple, a. [L. triplus; tri (see {Tri }) + plus, as in duplus double: cf. F. triple. See {Double}, and cf. {Treble}.] 1. Consisting of three united; multiplied by three; threefold; as, a triple knot; a triple tie. [1913 Webster] By thy triple… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Triple — Triple, a doublet of treble or threefold (from Latin triplus, triple ; cf. double from duplus), is used in several contexts: Triple metre, a musical metre characterized by a primary division of three beats to the bar Ken Follett involving a… …   Wikipedia

  • triple — Triple. adj. des deux genres. Qui contient trois fois le simple, en nombre, ou en estenduë. Proportion triple. triple semelle. triple estage. Il est quelquefois subst. Je payeray le triple si... je gageray le double, le triple contre le simple.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • triple — triple, treble In general contexts (outside music, betting, etc.) the two words are largely interchangeable as noun, verb, and adjective, but triple is more common for the verb (especially in intransitive uses, in the sense ‘to become three times …   Modern English usage

  • triple — (Etim. disc.). 1. adj. Dicho de un número: Que contiene a otro tres veces exactamente. U. t. c. s. m.) 2. Dicho de una cosa: Que va acompañada de otras dos semejantes para servir a un mismo fin. Triple muralla. 3. m. Dep. En baloncesto, enceste… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • triple — [trip′əl] adj. [Fr < L triplus: see TRIPLE the vt.] 1. consisting of or including three; threefold 2. done, used, said, etc. three times; repeated twice 3. three times as much, as many, as large, etc. 4. Music containing three (or a multiple… …   English World dictionary

  • Triple — puede referirse a: Triple, canasta de 3 puntos en baloncesto. Triple, novela de Ken Follett. Punto triple, en física, aquel en el cual coexisten en equilibrio el estado sólido, el estado líquido y el estado gaseoso de una sustancia. Esta página… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Triple — Tri ple, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tripled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tripling}.] [Cf. F. tripler. See {Triple}, a.] To make threefold, or thrice as much or as many; to treble; as, to triple the tax on coffee. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • triplé — triplé, ée (tri plé, plée) part. passé de tripler. Rendu triple. Somme triplée.    Terme de mathématique. Raison triplée, le rapport qui est entre des cubes.    Terme de musique. Intervalle triplé, intervalle qui est porté à la double octave …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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