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 Her recovery kept alive her bid for the treble in Tokyo. Gerald Imray, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Her recovery kept alive her bid for the treble in Tokyo. Gerald Imray, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Her recovery kept alive her bid for the treble in Tokyo. Gerald Imray, ajc, 2 Aug. 2021 The midrange brings great clarity to the vocals, while the treble is crisp and defined but without ever straying into sibilance or harshness. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Evans resigned just three months later, leaving Houiller to take sole charge of Liverpool, leading the club to a treble in the 2000-01 season. Ben Morse, CNN, 14 Dec. 2020 The problem with that approach is the midrange and treble can get crushed and the distortion affects the music. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Guardiola will surely regret tinkering with a settled team that had swept City to its first Champions League final and to the verge of another trophy treble, after winning the Premier League and the English League Cup. Steve Douglas, ajc, 30 May 2021 Guardiola will surely regret tinkering with a settled team that had swept City to its first Champions League final and to the verge of another trophy treble, after winning the Premier League and the English League Cup. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The mono is stiffer than the braid and will keep the treble hooks from repeatedly snagging the line as you zig-zag the lures. Frank Sargeant, al, 5 Sep. 2021 These granny squares feature a treble crochet circular center for extra flair. Mariana Tuma, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 The softer bending of these rods allows cushioning when a big, slab crappie powers off with a mouthful of tiny treble hooks and helps keeping them from pulling out. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Aug. 2021 Each earbud functions with an 11.6mm driver that was produced in collaboration with the electronics company Teenage Engineering to balance performance across bass, mid and treble sounds. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 July 2021 The secondary level divides students into three voice ranges: treble; tenor-bass; and advanced mixed voices. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2021 The definition in the treble range is excellent and also works well with voice calls. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Normally, extra definition means more treble and that can sound harsh on the ears. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Army adjusted the levels of reverb, bass, and treble differently on every track. Aaron Carnes, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The separation of the frequencies, from the bass notes through to treble, is tight and dynamic, but the P17 still exhibit an airy and relaxed feel. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Jan. 2020 Ferrari’s share price has trebled since going public. The Economist, 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, 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, 28 July 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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“Treble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treble. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for treble

treble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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)

: having or indicating a high sound or range

treble

verb

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

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

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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