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  1. threefold; consisting of three parts: a triple knot.

  2. of three kinds; threefold in character or relationship.

  1. three times as great.

  2. International Law. tripartite.

  1. an amount, number, etc., three times as great as another.

  2. a group, set, or series of three; something threefold; triad.

  1. Also called three-base hit. Baseball. a base hit that enables a batter to reach third base safely.

  2. Bowling. three strikes in succession.

verb (used with object),tri·pled, tri·pling.
  1. to make triple.

  2. 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),tri·pled, tri·pling.
  1. to become triple.

  2. Baseball. to make a triple.

Origin of triple

1325–75; Middle English (noun and v.) <Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri-tri- + (du)plusduple

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British Dictionary definitions for triple


/ (ˈtrɪpəl) /

  1. consisting of three parts; threefold

  2. (of musical time or rhythm) having three beats in each bar

  1. three times as great or as much

  1. a threefold amount

  2. a group of three

  1. to increase or become increased threefold; treble

Origin of triple

C16: from Latin triplus

Derived forms of triple

  • triply, adverb

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