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Meaning of triple by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English, from Latin triplus .


    • Rhymes: -ɪpəl


    triple ( not comparable )

    1. Made up of three related elements, often matching
      The triple markings on this vase are quite unique .
    2. Three times the quantity
      Give me a triple serving of mashed potatoes .
    3. Designed for three users
      a triple room
    4. Folded in three; composed of three layers
    5. Having three aspects; very ambiguous .
      a triple meaning
    6. ( music ) Of time, three times as fast as very fast .

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    triple ( plural: triples )

    1. ( informal ) A drink with three portions of alcohol .
      I've had a hard day, make that a triple .
    2. ( US ) A hamburger with three patties .
      I'd like a triple with cheese .
    3. ( baseball ) A three-base hit
      The shortstop hit a triple to lead off the ninth .
    4. ( curling ) A takeout shot in which three stones are removed from play .
    5. ( mathematics, computing ) A sequence of three elements or 3-tuple .

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    triple ( third-person singular simple present triples present participle tripling, simple past and past participle tripled )

    1. To multiply by three
      The company tripled their earnings per share over last quarter .
    2. ( baseball ) To get a three-base hit
      The batter tripled into the gap .
    3. To become three times as large
      Our earnings have tripled in the last year .

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Explanation of triple by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. increase threefold

    2. Triple your income!
    3. hit a three-base hit

    1. having three units or components or elements

    2. overcrowding made triple sessions necessary
      triple time has three beats per measure
      triplex windows
    3. three times as great or many

    4. a claim for treble ( or triple ) damages
    1. a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base

    2. a quantity that is three times as great as another

    3. a set of three similar things considered as a unit

    Definition of triple by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Triple 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”.

      By thy triple shape as thou art seen. Dryden.

      2. Three times repeated; treble. See Treble.

      3. One of three; third. [Obs.] Shak.

      Triple crown, the crown, or tiara, of the pope. See Tiara, 2. -- Triple-expansion steam engine, a compound steam engine in which the same steam performs work in three cylinders successively. -- Triple measure ( Mus. ), a measure of tree beats of which first only is accented. -- Triple ratio ( Math. ), a ratio which is equal to 3. -- Triple salt ( Chem. ), a salt containing three distinct basic atoms as radicals; thus, microcosmic salt is a triple salt. -- Triple star ( Astron. ), a system of three stars in close proximity. -- Triple time ( Mus. ), that time in which each measure is divided into three equal parts. -- Triple valve, in an automatic air brake for railroad cars, the valve under each car, by means of which the brake is controlled by a change of pressure in the air pipe leading from the locomotive.

    2. Triple, 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”.