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 trebling (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 trebly (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 City, meanwhile, is on course for a cup treble, having won the League Cup this season and still in contention in the Champions League after holding a first-leg advantage over Real Madrid in the round of 16. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "FA Cup: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal reach semifinals," 28 June 2020 Suddenly, Manchester City broke records: 100 points in a season, an unprecedented domestic treble. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Perils of Having Your Dreams Come True," 21 Feb. 2020 With that, Liverpool’s hopes of a league, cup and Champions League treble evaporated. Rory Smith, New York Times, "When All You Ever Wanted Is No Longer Enough," 6 Mar. 2020 This powerful-yet-compact wireless speaker delivers booming bass and crispy trebles according to Neikirk. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "You can get these top-rated Sonos products at Cyber Monday prices," 2 Apr. 2020 Frequency response represents the range of base, middle, and treble sounds, with the lower number representing the base and higher representing treble. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Gaming Headsets to Bring Virtual Worlds to Life," 16 Mar. 2020 This is in line with the fact that adult men tend to have fewer close friends than adult women in general, and with research showing that male friendlessness trebles in the period between early adulthood and late middle age. Kawther Alfasi, The Atlantic, "The Loneliness of Early Parenthood," 5 Feb. 2020 Mbappe latched onto Angel Di Maria's pass for his second, before wrapping up his treble in 22 minutes when Di Maria again threaded a ball through the Brugge defense. George Ramsay, CNN, "Kylian Mbappe scores hat-trick to surpass Lionel Messi goal record," 23 Oct. 2019 Foden has struggled for game time during the early stages of this season, but still won an unprecedented domestic treble as part of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side earlier this year. SI.com, "Matthijs de Ligt & Joao Felix Headline 20-Man Shortlist for 2019 Golden Boy Award," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most come with a small, sharp treble hook, but they can be modified to a single longer shank hook, which allows for adding a minnow to the lure. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Crappie Lures Ever Made," 22 May 2020 Frequency response represents the range of base, middle, and treble sounds, with the lower number representing the base and higher representing treble. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Gaming Headsets to Bring Virtual Worlds to Life," 16 Mar. 2020 By baroque convention, Handel cast more heroic male roles for treble voices: castrati (adult males castrated in youth to preserve high voices) or sopranos and altos in male drag. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A brave production of Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ from American Baroque Opera Company," 9 Mar. 2020 The number and size of internal metal balls determine the volume, bass, and treble output of the lure, and Capt. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Seatrout at Night," 27 Feb. 2020 However, treble hooks also can injure a fish’s eye or result in foul-hooking. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 The city states, in documents obtained by Billboard, that its lawsuit is an attempt to recover civil penalties, statutory treble damages and attorney's fees and costs resulting from Smollett's claims. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "City of Chicago Files Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett to Repay Police Investigation Costs," 11 Apr. 2019 Most lures with single or treble hooks achieve that outcome. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Those who are willing to sacrifice a little treble and vocal clarity for more oomph in the low-end will find plenty to like. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The most useful gadgets to have in your bag while traveling," 20 Nov. 2019 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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Time Traveler for treble

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

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Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Treble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treble. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for treble

treble

noun
How to pronounce treble (audio)

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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