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triple

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verb tri·ple \ˈtri-pəl\

Simple Definition of triple

  • : to cause (something) to become three times as great or as many

  • : to become three times as great or as many

  • baseball : to hit a triple : to hit the ball so that you can reach third base

Full Definition of triple

tri·pledtri·pling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make three times as great or as many

  3. 2a :  to score (a base runner) by a tripleb :  to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a triple

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become three times as great or as numerous <their profits tripled last year>

  6. 2 :  to make a triple in baseball

Examples of triple

  1. He tripled his winnings at the track.

  2. The town's population has tripled in size.

  3. He tripled to right field.



Origin of triple

Middle English (Scots), from Late Latin triplare, from Latin triplus, adjective


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with triple


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triple

noun tri·ple

Simple Definition of triple

  • baseball : a hit that allows the batter to reach third base

Full Definition of triple

  1. 1a :  a triple sum, quantity, or numberb :  a combination, group, or series of three

  2. 2 :  a base hit that allows the batter to reach third base safely

  3. 3 :  trifecta 1

Examples of triple

  1. <that triple of terrors for the wintertime driver: snow, ice, and sleet>



Origin of triple

Middle English, from Latin triplus, adjective


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Baseball Terms


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triple

adjective tri·ple

Simple Definition of triple

  • : three times bigger in size or amount

  • : having three parts or including three people or things

Full Definition of triple

  1. 1 :  being three times as great or as many

  2. 2 :  having or involving three units or members <triple bypass heart surgery>

  3. 3 :  having a threefold relation or character <worked as a double or even triple agent — Time>

  4. 4a :  three times repeated :  trebleb :  having three full revolutions <a triple somersault> <a triple lutz>

  5. 5 :  marked by three beats per musical measure <triple meter>

  6. 6a :  having units of three components <triple feet>b of rhyme :  involving correspondence of three syllables (as in unfortunate-importunate)

Examples of triple

  1. She got a new job with triple the salary of her old one.

  2. He ordered a triple espresso.



Origin of triple

Middle English, from Latin triplus, from tri- + -plus multiplied by — more at -fold


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Number-Related Terms



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