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 The bass is particularly punchy, and the treble is clean. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 23 May 2021 The internal deflectors reflect the sound of the internal speakers for a distortion-free treble, no matter where the LX is positioned or wherever the listener is standing. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Defending the title completed the first part of a potential treble for Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders with a Champions League semifinal match against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 When playing music, the Cell’s slightly flattened top has a pulsing membrane that provides a bit of drama with bass and treble. Steven Levy, Wired, 14 May 2021 The patented earphones have upgraded rich treble and thumping bass while being powered by 40mm composite drivers. Chris Hachey, BGR, 27 Apr. 2021 Even more concerning could be the injury to Kevin De Bruyne for the ongoing pursuit of a treble. Rob Harris, ajc, 17 Apr. 2021 To help do that Vanney added veteran midfielder Víctor Vázquez, who led his treble-winning 2017 Toronto team in appearances, to a leadership core than includes Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget, Daniel Steres and Sacha Kljestan. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The best budget models handle bass levels effectively, re-produce accurate mid-range tones and generate clear and concise treble that bring to life the most complex sounds from music and films. Jeffrey Harper, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 There is a mixed choir of 94 singers; a 16-member kids choir -- the Choraleers; a show choir of 40; a treble choir of about 40 girls; and a freshman choir of about 98. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Jan. 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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The first known use of treble was in the 14th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Treble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treble. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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