triple

[trip-uhl]
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.
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:
1325–75; Middle English (noun and v.) < Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)plus duple

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triple (ˈtrɪpəl)
 
adj
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
 
n
4.  a threefold amount
5.  a group of three
 
vb
6.  to increase or become increased threefold; treble
 
[C16: from Latin triplus]
 
'triply
 
adv

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triple
late 14c., from M.L. triplare "to triple," from L. triplus "threefold, triple," from tri- "three" + -plus "-fold." The noun is recorded from early 15c.; the baseball sense is attested from 1880. The adj. is recorded from 1540s.
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Slang Dictionary

triple definition


  1. n.
    a large alcoholic drink containing three measures of hard liquor. : One triple, but no more. I'm cutting down, remember?

  2. Go to triple-bagger. :
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The chicks are insatiably hungry and can triple their weight every ten days.
In the example they use, people are asked whether it's ethical for a drug company to triple the price of a cancer drug.
The dimples on its surface can double or triple the distance the ball travels.
Construction cranes rake across work sites manned by crews on double and triple
  shifts.
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