treble

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noun

tre·​ble ˈtre-bəl How to pronounce treble (audio)
1
a
: the highest voice part in harmonic music : soprano
b
: one that performs a treble part
also : a member of a family of instruments having the highest range
c
: a high-pitched or shrill voice, tone, or sound
d
: the upper half of the whole vocal or instrumental tonal range compare bass
e
: the higher portion of the audio frequency range in sound recording and broadcasting
2
: something treble in construction, uses, amount, number, or value

treble

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adjective

1
a
: relating to or having the range or part of a treble
c
: of, relating to, or having the range of treble in sound recording and broadcasting
treble frequencies
2
a
: having three parts or uses : threefold
b
: triple in number or amount
trebly adverb

treble

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verb

trebled; trebling ˈtre-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce treble (audio)

transitive verb

: to increase threefold

intransitive verb

1
: to sing treble
2
: to grow to three times the size, amount, or number

Examples of treble in a Sentence

Noun Turn down the treble on the radio and turn up the bass. The part is sung by a boy treble. Adjective the treble shrieks of children at play a treble painting, with each panel telling a different part of the Nativity story Verb She trebled her earnings in only two years. Prices have trebled in only two years. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The treble is also delicate and refined but without straying into harshness. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Arnautovic was aged 20 on the Inter team that won a treble in 2010 but left after making just three appearances while getting distracted by Milan’s nightlife with then-teammate Mario Balotelli. Andrew Dampf, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 The hackle feather tails also hide the trebles, providing a bit of extra stealth and flutter. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Tweens will love the bold sound, coupled with a durability that will keep in throwing bass and treble for years to come. Jasmine Gomez, Women's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 Conte walked from out on Juve days into pre-season training and 10 months later Max Allegri took ostensibly the same group of players to within 90 minutes of a treble. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Foden of course has gone on to achieve great things by winning a European treble for Manchester City since then. Joseph O'Sullivan, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 The prize for winning the treble is winning the treble. Rory Smith, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 While perfect for getting the most out of a school of channel catfish, its sharp No. 6 treble is small on the spectrum of catfish hooks. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023
Adjective
If treble damages — which allows plaintiffs to potentially receive up to three times actual or compensatory damages — are awarded, then the defendants may have to pay more than $5 billion. Alex Veiga, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 Plus, the connected Bowers & Wilkins app allows for further customization including adjustable bass and treble settings. Anna Tingley, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 At the top are high-frequency sounds, called treble. Geoffrey Morrison, wsj.com, 31 Oct. 2023 Others might benefit from better treble, like classical or other acoustic music. Geoffrey Morrison, wsj.com, 31 Oct. 2023 But a popping frog can do the same thing, and the landing ratio is much better with the bigger hooks, versus the small treble hooks of a popper. Steve Price, Field & Stream, 7 June 2023 And its loop-style keeper was designed to quickly lock down and release treble hooks. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 21 June 2023 One driver handles bass, while the other focuses on mids and treble. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 28 Feb. 2023 The top panel houses power, Bluetooth pairing, and Heart buttons (discussed below); a master volume dial that doubles as the playback button (press it twice to skip forward a track or three times to go back a track); and treble and bass dials. PCMAG, 17 Sep. 2023
Verb
The new Diamondback will continue to be run by Chairman Travis Stice, 61, who has more than trebled the company’s value since its 2012 IPO. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Autistic people are less susceptible to the bystander effect, and ADHD trebles the chances of an Israeli adult developing dementia. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 It’s directed by Bradley Cooper, who wrote the screenplay with Josh Singer and, to treble the fun, takes the role of Bernstein. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Southern California’s population more than trebled during the decade to over 201,000, while Peninsular Florida’s doubled to over 147,000. Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 The jury found that Avnet suffered damages of $89.2 million and trebled that amount in the verdict. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 24 May 2023 Keep in mind, though, that House v. NCAA is an antitrust action, meaning that the damages actually awarded may end up trebled to an amount in excess of $3 billion. Thomas Baker, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Since Pumfrey joined in 2017, the number of clients the charity serves has also grown more than 20-fold from 500 to more than 10,000 per year; and fundraising income has trebled. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Mar. 2023 Masking trebled among the test group. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, the highest part in a three-part composition, from treble, adjective

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin triplus — more at triple

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of treble was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Treble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treble. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

treble

1 of 3 noun
tre·​ble ˈtreb-əl How to pronounce treble (audio)
1
a
: the highest of the four voice parts in vocal music : soprano
b
: a singer or instrument having the highest range
2
: a high-pitched or shrill voice, tone, or sound
3
: the upper half of the musical pitch range compare bass entry 2

treble

2 of 3 adjective
1
a
: having three parts
b
: triple in number or amount
2
a
: relating to or having the range of a musical treble
treble voice
trebly adverb

treble

3 of 3 verb
trebled; trebling ˈtreb-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce treble (audio)
: to make or become three times the size, amount, or number

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