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[trip-uh l]
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  1. threefold; consisting of three parts: a triple knot.
  2. of three kinds; threefold in character or relationship.
  3. three times as great.
  4. International Law. tripartite.
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  1. an amount, number, etc., three times as great as another.
  2. a group, set, or series of three; something threefold; triad.
  3. Also called three-base hit. Baseball. a base hit that enables a batter to reach third base safely.
  4. Bowling. three strikes in succession.
  5. trifecta.
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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.
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verb (used without object), tri·pled, tri·pling.
  1. to become triple.
  2. Baseball. to make a triple.
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Origin of triple

1325–75; Middle English (noun and v.) < Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)plus duple
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British Dictionary definitions for tripling


  1. consisting of three parts; threefold
  2. (of musical time or rhythm) having three beats in each bar
  3. three times as great or as much
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  1. a threefold amount
  2. a group of three
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  1. to increase or become increased threefold; treble
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Derived Formstriply, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin triplus
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Word Origin and History for tripling



late 14c., from Medieval Latin triplare "to triple," from Latin triplus "threefold, triple," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + -plus "-fold." The noun is recorded from early 15c.; the baseball sense is attested from 1880. The adjective is recorded from 1540s.

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