Definition of quadruple in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwäˈdro͞opəl/


1Consisting of four parts or elements: a quadruple murder
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  • Four years later he suffered more attacks and needed a quadruple heart bypass that left him with kidney failure.
  • He also has overcome bladder cancer and a quadruple bypass on his heart.
  • I have also worked on patients during three LVAD implant operations and one quadruple coronary by-pass operation.
1.1Consisting of four times as much or as many as usual: a quadruple vodka
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  • For linguistics nerds this is like a quadruple vodka.
  • The 16-stone defendant had drunk several pints of beer, alcopops and a quadruple vodka.
  • Hornewer is demanding over $2 million for a rematch, about quadruple what Byrd earned in April.
1.2(Of time in music) having four beats in a bar.
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  • Triple chants have been composed and a few quadruple chants also exist, but in use these become tiresome.
  • The second piece is a Gavotta, a moderate dance in quadruple meter.
  • All of sudden he does this incredible run where he goes up two octaves and back down in quadruple time.


Increase or be increased fourfold: [no object]: oil prices quadrupled in the 1970s
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  • These socks are now also available in some fancy gift shops with their price tripled or quadrupled.
  • Within five years, the nations there had taken ownership of their own oil - and prices had quadrupled.
  • Agri-food exports have quadrupled since my first appointment.


A quadruple thing, number, or amount.
Example sentences
  • Now that marriage no longer means much, why not let couples or triples or quadruples of whatever variety get married?
  • That, and his extraordinary capacity for self-sacrificing friendship, loyalty and sweet-natured nannying, have been his quadruple of acclaimed lifetime's high-lights.
  • It was impossible, Alex Ferguson said during the week, for Manchester United to win the quadruple.



Pronunciation: /-p(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • He must prove his case doubly, triply, quadruply, and then he must start all over and prove it again.
  • And if they've been absent in the past, then they are doubly, nay triply, nay quadruply absent in today's MLB chief executive.
  • Where sexuality and reproduction were concerned, slave women were quadruply burdened, by both black and white patriarchy and by both gender and racial oppression.


Late Middle English (as a verb): via French from Latin quadruplus, from quadru- 'four' + -plus as in duplus (see duple).

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Syllabification: quad·ru·ple

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