- comprising three parts, members, or aspects; triple: a threefold program.
- three times as great or as much; treble: a threefold return on an investment.
- in threefold manner or measure; trebly.
Origin of threefold
- a unit of stage scenery consisting of three flats hinged together.
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Examples from the Web for threefold
Between January 31, 1981, and January 31, 1989, the debt rose to $2.697 trillion—a threefold increase, or $1.763 trillion.What the GOP Doesn’t Understand About the Debt
September 26, 2013
Symbolically speaking, the judge said, the need for an unprecedented sentence for the biggest financial crime ever was threefold.The Madoff Message
Allan Dodds Frank
June 29, 2009
You see, gentlemen, whatever it was, it served a threefold purpose.The Shining Cow
The charges are threefold, and I shall discuss them seriatim.An Essay on Professional Ethics
In this threefold indictment, the first charge is "falsehood."Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2
J. Endell Tyler
It has the threefold authority of the Qurn, the Sunnat, and the Ijm'.The Faith of Islam
The problem has been threefold, that of research, that of editing and that of promotion.
- equal to or having three times as many or as much; triplea threefold decrease
- composed of three partsa threefold purpose
- by or up to three times as many or as much
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Word Origin and History for threefold
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