- a group of three, especially of three closely related persons or things.
- Music. a chord of three tones, especially one consisting of a given tone with its major or minor third and its perfect, augmented, or diminished fifth.
- (initial capital letter) Military. the three categories of strategic-nuclear-weapons delivery systems: bombers, land-based missiles, and missile-firing submarines.
Origin of triad
Related Words for triadtriumvirate, troika, three, trine, triple, threesome, trinity, triplet, triangle, triplicate, trilogy, triptych, trey, ternion, triune, triunity
Examples from the Web for triad
Contemporary Examples of triad
Her triad helps us understand what postmodernism is doing to us.Zany, Cute, Interesting: What the Words We Use Say About Us
October 23, 2012
The Clinton triad united for the final event of the summit, with Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea appearing together on stage.The CGI's 6 Best Moments
The Daily Beast Video
September 21, 2011
It is still based on maintaining thousands of hydrogen bombs in a triad of missiles, subs, and bombers.Will Obama End the Nuclear Era?
April 12, 2010
Abby Ellin visits the next frontier of nuptials: the "triad."
As with a couple, the key to making a triad work is communication.
Historical Examples of triad
This may be exemplified by the account which is given of the deluge in Triad 13.Y Gododin
Dined with the ever hospitable and kind hearted de Robeck on Triad.
So, by 2.30, I made my last salute to the last of the old lot and boarded the Triad.
He requested the insertion of a G-sharp between, thus completing his triad.The Shadow World
In this way, the god Bel of the triad becomes one with Marduk.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- a group of three; trio
- chem an atom, element, group, or ion that has a valency of three
- music a three-note chord consisting of a note and the third and fifth above it
- an aphoristic literary form used in medieval Welsh and Irish literature
- the US strategic nuclear force, consisting of intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and bombers
Word Origin for triad
- any of several Chinese secret societies, esp one involved in criminal activities, such as drug trafficking
1540s, "group or set of three," from Late Latin trias (genitive triadis), from Greek trias (genitive triados), from treis "three" (see three). Musical sense of "chord of three notes" is from 1801.
- A collection of three things or symptoms having something in common.
- The transverse tubule, and the terminal cisternae on each side of it, in a skeletal muscle fiber.