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triple

[trip-uh l] /ˈtrɪp əl/
adjective
1.
threefold; consisting of three parts:
a triple knot.
2.
of three kinds; threefold in character or relationship.
3.
three times as great.
4.
International Law. tripartite.
noun
5.
an amount, number, etc., three times as great as another.
6.
a group, set, or series of three; something threefold; triad.
7.
Also called three-base hit. Baseball. a base hit that enables a batter to reach third base safely.
8.
Bowling. three strikes in succession.
9.
verb (used with object), tripled, tripling.
10.
to make triple.
11.
Baseball. to cause to come into home plate by a triple:
to triple a runner home; to triple a run in.
verb (used without object), tripled, tripling.
12.
to become triple.
13.
Baseball. to make a triple.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (noun and v.) < Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)plus duple
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Examples for triple
  • The chicks are insatiably hungry and can triple their weight every ten days.
  • Construction cranes rake across work sites manned by crews on double and triple shifts.
  • Yet it's a good guess that the actual number is double or even triple that.
  • In the dense undergrowth of triple-canopy rainforest visibility is often limited, so hearing can become more important than sight.
  • And in climates where summers get well into triple digits routinely, you need more not less shade trees.
  • All of the rating agencies awarded triple-A grades to the collateralized debt obligations now seen as toxic.
  • In the example they use, people are asked whether it's ethical for a drug company to triple the price of a cancer drug.
  • If you get the job, be prepared for mind boggling amounts of paperwork double and triple marking of student work.
  • The dimples on its surface can double or triple the distance the ball travels.
  • The diamond industry could charge double or triple the per carat price of these super-deep diamonds if properly marketed.
British Dictionary definitions for triple

triple

/ˈtrɪpəl/
adjective
1.
consisting of three parts; threefold
2.
(of musical time or rhythm) having three beats in each bar
3.
three times as great or as much
noun
4.
a threefold amount
5.
a group of three
verb
6.
to increase or become increased threefold; treble
Derived Forms
triply, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin triplus
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Word Origin and History for triple
v.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin triplare "to triple," from Latin triplus "threefold, triple," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + -plus "-fold." The noun is recorded from early 15c.; the baseball sense is attested from 1880. The adjective is recorded from 1540s.

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