- threefold; triple.
- of or relating to the highest part in harmonized music; soprano.
- of the highest pitch or range, as a voice part, voice, singer, or instrument.
- high in pitch; shrill.
- the treble or soprano part.
- a treble voice, singer, or instrument.
- a high or shrill voice or sound.
- the highest-pitched peal of a bell.
- to make or become three times as much or as many; triple.
Origin of treble
Examples from the Web for trebling
How does doubling or trebling the speed of an object affect its kinetic energy?Physics
Willis Eugene Tower
It means doubling and trebling their ammunition supply, too.
Dubourg suggested doubling, then trebling, the stakes; the rich squire agreed, for he could not refuse monsieur le baron.Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)
Charles Paul de Kock
The vortex hypothesis suggested an explanation of the widening of many spot lines, and the doubling or trebling of some of them.Astronomy
His capital grew by leaps and bounds, doubling, trebling, and finally quadrupling the sum he had handed the banker.The Helpers
- threefold; triple
- of, relating to, or denoting a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
- three times the amount, size, etc
- a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
- the highest register of a musical instrument
- the high-frequency response of an audio amplifier, esp in a record player or tape recorder
- a control knob on such an instrument by means of which the high-frequency gain can be increased or decreased
- bell-ringing the lightest and highest bell in a ring
- the narrow inner ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
- to make or become three times as much
Word Origin and History for trebling
late 14c., "three times, triple," from Old French treble (12c.), from Latin triplus (see triple).
early 14c., "to multiply by three," from Old French trebler, from treble (see treble (adj.)). Related: Trebled; trebling.
"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).