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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 of triple
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (noun and v.) < Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)plus duple
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  • According to official data, industrial output more than tripled in the 1960-71 period.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Instead, they had kept to their burrows and, all in good time, had tripled their number.

  • Now, if he could but devise some scheme for double-crossing Theriere the pleasure and profit of the adventure would be tripled.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • In the mean time, let the guards be tripled, and stand to your arms.

  • It is found that the sum total of the population of all the United States has about tripled in the course of forty years.

    American Institutions and Their Influence Alexis de Tocqueville et al.
British Dictionary definitions for tripled

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 tripled

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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