treble

noun
tre·​ble | \ ˈtre-bəl How to pronounce treble (audio) \

Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

adjective

Definition of treble (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : having three parts or uses : threefold
b : triple in number or amount

treble

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

Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to increase threefold

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from treble

Adjective

trebly \ ˈtre-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce treble (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for treble

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And unlike the AirPods Pro, Jabra’s earbuds can be tweaked to your liking, with a fully customizable equalizer as well as presets for boosting things such as bass and treble. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "I ditched my AirPods Pro for these cheaper Jabra earbuds — and I have no regrets," 24 Mar. 2021 Ask the shop to remove the treble from the tail of your plugs, and replace it with a single hook. Steve Culton, Field & Stream, "The Beginner’s Guide to Surfcasting for Striped Bass," 22 Mar. 2021 City also won the FA Cup in 2019 as part of a domestic treble under Guardiola. Steve Douglas, ajc, "Man City into FA Cup semifinals, keeps quadruple dream alive," 20 Mar. 2021 City also won the FA Cup in 2019 as part of a domestic treble under Guardiola. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, "Man City into FA Cup semifinals, keeps quadruple dream alive," 20 Mar. 2021 The Move delivered satisfying bass, lively vocals and crisp treble for a variety of tracks in our testing, edging out the still-impressive wired Sonos One speaker. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Sonos Roam vs Sonos Move: Which speaker is for you?," 10 Mar. 2021 An 11-millimeter woofer produces dynamic, deep bass, while a 6.5-millimeter tweeter creates crisp treble with limited distortion, so your favorite songs sound even more spectacular. Zarah Kavarana, Travel + Leisure, "5 Best Wireless Earbuds on Amazon for Convenient, Cord-free Listening," 4 Mar. 2021 Canadian Alphonso Davies has become one of world football's biggest stars throughout Bayern's 2019/20 treble-winning season. Manuel Veth, Forbes, "Bayern Against Borussia Dortmund: ABC To Show The Klassiker," 3 Mar. 2021 Both sets of speakers feature external designs that slot into the Caruso series, while the bass reproduction, clear midrange and incisive treble of the speakers generate a soundstage that T+A claims is bigger than their size would indicate. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "T+A Unveils Its New Caruso R Music Center With Optional Matching Speakers," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The nearly 160-year-old False Claims Act (also known as Lincoln’s Law) assesses treble damages against fraudsters and gives incentives to whistleblowers to share in such recoveries. Steve Cohen, STAT, "Instead of prior authorization, insurers should go back to the old ‘pay-and-chase’ model," 14 Mar. 2021 The midrange is exceptionally clear and forward in the mix while the treble response is top-notch, with plenty of detail that brings the soundstage to life with a sharp focus. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Klipsch McClaren F1 Edition Wireless Earbuds For Life In The Fast Lane," 11 Mar. 2021 As with other Sonos equipment, the Roam allows users to tweak its overall sound profile with an adjustable equalizer, so listeners can control bass levels, treble, and even loudness depending on the situation. Popular Science, "The new Sonos Roam speaker is built to go anywhere—including the shower," 9 Mar. 2021 The lawsuit seeks treble damages for that 50% in fees, as well as interest and attorney’s fees and asks for a receiver to be appointed over the Portage Little League fields. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Portage attorney files suit to stop Little League consolidation in city," 26 Feb. 2021 Simple portable speakers have built-in drivers that produce a combination of treble (tweeter), middle (midrange), and bass (woofer) ranges. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best computer speakers: Make music, video chats, and more a whole lot clearer," 12 Jan. 2021 Filling up the majority of the 35-minute program, Britten’s piece is scored for three-part treble choir and harp, which was played by Laura Logan Brandenburg. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "A holiday gift: Orpheus Chamber Singers will release a free Christmas concert online this week," 23 Dec. 2020 But sinking a treble hook into a 15-foot, 1,000-pound prehistoric reptile? Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Your First Alligator. Plus, the 7 Best Gator States," 9 Nov. 2020 But when the person earning double, treble or even five times your salary is your sister? Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "My Sister Earns £117,000 More Than Me," 8 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It's got an adjustable tripod that buyers say is easy to set up, two replaceable eyepieces and a 3x Barlow lens, which is meant to treble the magnifying power of each eyepiece, and is suitable for all ages (little ones included). Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 1 July 2020 In England, where bids for televising the Premier League for three years (from 2019) are due at the end of February, competition between BT and Sky Plc nearly trebled rights costs this decade to £1.7bn annually (see chart). The Economist, "What goes up...A weak market for football rights suggests a lower value for sport," 18 Jan. 2018 Since the 1980s public expenditure as a share of GDP has trebled to 42%, a level similar to that of European welfare states. The Economist, "Jair Bolsonaro’s contentious first year in office," 4 Jan. 2020 Annual foreign visitor arrivals to the country trebled in the years from 2013 to 2018 to more than 31 million, and the number is expected to top 40 million in 2020. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Japan's Nintendo theme park will take visitors 'inside' their favorite games," 14 Jan. 2020 Ferrari’s share price has trebled since going public. The Economist, "Driving nowhere fast Aston Martin is stuck in idle," 18 Jan. 2020 The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 13: Last-minute moves," 1 Dec. 2019 So if the Frenchman can fulfil his vast and obvious potential, Tottenham have a player on their hands worth double or even treble the value. SI.com, "Tanguy Ndombele: Why Tottenham's Record Transfer Is the Bargain Signing of the Summer," 28 July 2019 The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 13: Last-minute moves," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of treble

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

History and Etymology for treble

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

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

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30 Mar 2021

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“Treble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treble. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for treble

treble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

music
: the highest range of sounds used in music
: a voice or instrument that has the highest range of sound

treble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of treble (Entry 2 of 3)

music : having or indicating a high sound or range

treble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

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

treble

noun
tre·​ble | \ ˈtre-bəl How to pronounce treble (audio) \

Kids Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the highest part in harmony having four parts : soprano
2 : an instrument having the highest range or part
3 : a voice or sound that has a high pitch
4 : the upper half of the musical pitch range

treble

adjective

Kids Definition of treble (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : being three times the number or amount
2 : relating to or having the range of a musical treble

treble

verb
trebled; trebling

Kids Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make or become three times as much

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