Definition of triple in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtrɪp(ə)l


  • 1Consisting of or involving three items or people: a triple murder triple somersaults
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    • They now face life imprisonment without parole in a U.S. jail for the vicious triple murder that took place in a Seattle suburb.
    • Three men and three women will play triple aspects of the man and woman.
    • It is the creative equivalent of the gymnast's triple somersault.
  • 1.1Having three times the usual size, quality, or strength: a triple dark rum
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    • They now were triple in size since Grace moved away.
    • And speaking of the bathroom, I buy the econo-pak of triple size toilet paper rolls and they're gone in two weeks.
    • With this state of mind come all the positive emotions with double and sometimes triple strength.
    three times, three times as much as, treble


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  • Three times as much or as many: the copper energy cells had triple the efficiency of silicon cells
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    • I could go on a rant about how sugar subsidies cause American consumers to pay triple the market price for sugar, just to get the privilege of ruining the Everglades.
    • The newspaper yesterday quoted commission officials as saying the last-minute payout to voters was triple the amount spent at the last election.
    • No one's saying, Oh, I'll wait until October so I can pay triple the car tax.


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  • 1A thing that is three times as large as usual or is made up of three standard units or items: two whiskies—triples, please
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    • Place-level data on the number of housing units from single family to doubles, triples, and buildings with more than five units built every month or every year.
    • Other cacti, sunflowers, and pinecones display this or other triples of Fibonacci numbers.
    • Add a daily double latte (make that a triple) and it's no wonder so many of us experience sensory overload and find it hard to wind down at day's end.
    trio, threesome, triumvirate, triad, troika; three
  • 2 (triples) A sporting contest in which each side has three players.
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    • In the triples event, the three women grabbed a silver medal after winning four games, drawing one and losing the other.
    • Northern Ireland will send their strongest ever squad, while hopes are high for the Scottish EAD triples team after their win at the inaugural multi-disability bowls triples at Nottingham last year.
    • The Twins lead the American League in doubles and triples.
  • 3 (triples) Bell-ringing A system of change-ringing using seven bells, with three pairs changing places each time.
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    • I can ring touches of Stedman Doubles no problems but whenever I look at the Stedman Triples work I get nowhere.
    • To help with compiling the collection, and to ensure the truth and accuracy of the published peals, I developed some software specifically for entering and checking Stedman Triples compositions.
    • Grandsire and Stedman triples are regularly rung for Sunday Service.
  • 4 Baseball A hit which enables the batter to reach third base.
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    • He got back and started pounding doubles and triples down the third base line.
    • He hit only 240 with 17 home runs, but he did record nine triples and 26 stolen bases.
    • He had 22 home runs, seven triples, 27 doubles and 27 stolen bases.


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  • 1Become three times as much or as many: grain prices were expected to triple
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    • Despite abandoning plans for a flotation earlier this year, turnover is expected to triple this year.
    • The world freight market is expected to triple in the next 20 years.
    • If the predictions are correct residents can expect pollution levels to triple, vegetation to be destroyed and global warming to speed up.
    treble, increase by three
  • 1.1 [with object] Multiply by three: the party more than tripled its share of the vote
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    • It has tripled its share price in the past four months.
    • The shares have more than tripled this year to trade last Friday at E20.08.
    • For example, since its relaunch in 1989, the company tripled its share of the cat food market and established itself as the number two brand.



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  • That notion applies triply to the kinetic art of movies.
  • Every booking had been triply checked to avoid such disasters.
  • He must prove his case doubly, triply, quadruply, and then he must start all over and prove it again.


Middle English (as an adjective and adverb): from Old French, or from Latin triplus, from Greek triplous.

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