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treble

[treb-uh l] /ˈtrɛb əl/
adjective
1.
threefold; triple.
2.
Music.
  1. of or relating to the highest part in harmonized music; soprano.
  2. of the highest pitch or range, as a voice part, voice, singer, or instrument.
  3. high in pitch; shrill.
noun
3.
Music.
  1. the treble or soprano part.
  2. a treble voice, singer, or instrument.
4.
a high or shrill voice or sound.
5.
the highest-pitched peal of a bell.
verb (used with or without object), trebled, trebling.
6.
to make or become three times as much or as many; triple.
Origin of treble
1275-1325
1275-1325; (adj. and noun) Middle English < Middle French < Latin triplus triple; (v.) Middle English treblen, derivative of the adj.
Related forms
trebly
[treb-lee] /ˈtrɛb li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
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  • The vortex hypothesis suggested an explanation of the widening of many spot lines, and the doubling or trebling of some of them.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • Among the ways and means adopted was the trebling of all the assessed taxes.

  • How does doubling or trebling the speed of an object affect its kinetic energy?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • In such a case, several traps may be set in the trail, thus doubling or trebling the chance for a catch.

    Science of Trapping Elmer Harry Kreps
  • Weight given: it is only by doubling or trebling his velocity that a man can make his momentum double or treble, as needed!

  • He was an old hand at the work, and doubling and trebling did not in the slightest disturb him.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • It means doubling and trebling their ammunition supply, too.

  • Already the Communal allotment is too small for our wants, and the land outside is doubling and trebling in price!

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • Dubourg suggested doubling, then trebling, the stakes; the rich squire agreed, for he could not refuse monsieur le baron.

  • His capital grew by leaps and bounds, doubling, trebling, and finally quadrupling the sum he had handed the banker.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for trebling

treble

/ˈtrɛbəl/
adjective
1.
threefold; triple
2.
of, relating to, or denoting a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
noun
3.
three times the amount, size, etc
4.
a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
5.
the highest register of a musical instrument
6.
  1. the high-frequency response of an audio amplifier, esp in a record player or tape recorder
  2. a control knob on such an instrument by means of which the high-frequency gain can be increased or decreased
7.
(bell-ringing) the lightest and highest bell in a ring
8.
  1. the narrow inner ring on a dartboard
  2. a hit on this ring
verb
9.
to make or become three times as much
Derived Forms
trebleness, noun
trebly, adverb, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin triplus threefold, triple
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Word Origin and History for trebling

treble

adj.

late 14c., "three times, triple," from Old French treble (12c.), from Latin triplus (see triple).

v.

early 14c., "to multiply by three," from Old French trebler, from treble (see treble (adj.)). Related: Trebled; trebling.

n.

"highest part in music, soprano," mid-14c., from Anglo-French treble, Old French treble (see treble (adj.)). In early contrapuntal music, the chief melody was in the tenor, and the treble was the "third" part above it (after the alto).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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