triple

verb
tri·ple | \ˈtri-pəl \
tripled; tripling\ˈtri-p(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of triple 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make three times as great or as many

2a : to score (a base runner) by a triple

b : to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a triple

intransitive verb

1 : to become three times as great or as numerous their profits tripled last year

2 : to make a triple in baseball

triple

noun

Definition of triple (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a triple sum, quantity, or number

b : a combination, group, or series of three

2 : a base hit that allows the batter to reach third base safely

triple

adjective

Definition of triple (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : being three times as great or as many

2 : having or involving three units or members triple bypass heart surgery

3 : having a threefold relation or character worked as a double or even triple agentTime

4a : three times repeated : treble

b : having three full revolutions a triple somersault a triple lutz

5 : marked by three beats per musical measure triple meter

6a : having units of three components triple feet

b of rhyme : involving correspondence of three syllables (as in unfortunate-importunate)

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Synonyms for triple

Synonyms: Noun

threesome, triad, trinity, trio, triplet, triumvirate

Synonyms: Adjective

threefold, treble, triadic, tripartite, triplex

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Examples of triple in a Sentence

Verb

He tripled his winnings at the track. The town's population has tripled in size. He tripled to right field.

Noun

that triple of terrors for the wintertime driver: snow, ice, and sleet

Adjective

She got a new job with triple the salary of her old one. He ordered a triple espresso.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Federal experts also warned that the number of people in this country infected with diseases transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas has more than tripled in recent years. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Lyme Disease Tick Numbers Now At Record Highs," 25 June 2018 Over the past two years, Baker Hughes figures show, the number of rigs drilling in the Permian has more than tripled. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 The company's annual earnings have more than tripled since 2015. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Business Leader of the Year Helen Johnson-Leipold leads big parts of the Johnson family business," 18 May 2018 Since 2007 the number of visits abroad made by Chinese people has more than tripled. The Economist, "Opening the gatesChinese travellers of all sorts have become ubiquitous," 17 May 2018 By 2015, the most recent year tabulated, the figure had more than tripled to 965. Philipp Jenne, chicagotribune.com, "104-year-old Australian scientist dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland," 10 May 2018 The sentence imposed on the gun-use allegation also was tripled, and five years were added because of Royal’s serious felony priors. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man sent to prison for 105 years for 2007 Spring Valley murder," 13 July 2018 The long hours nearly tripled his base pay and boosted his pension. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wisconsin worker nearly tripled his pay last year by working 95 hours a week and others cashed in, as well," 9 July 2018 Wenner singled, Fields tripled and Christopher Easter doubled. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red roasts League City White 12-2 to stay perfect at Pony 14s sectionals," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His two triples in the weekend’s Rangers series are his first of the season. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "There's been no cooling off Avisail Garcia since his June return," 2 July 2018 Indeed, Cruz had two doubles and his first triple since September of 2016. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz named the American League player of the week," 25 June 2018 His triple down the first-base line scored a run, capping a three-run third inning to give Newport Beach a 3-0 lead. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Newport Beach PONY advances to district championship game," 22 June 2018 This time, the senior came through — narrowly missing a game-tying grand slam by inches — as his bases-clearing RBI-triple banged off the left field wall. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Senior duo leads North Attleborough to first D2 title," 22 June 2018 Brinson hit both of his triples Friday off Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Persistence and discipline helping Marlins’ Lewis Brinson gradually solve hitting woes," 16 June 2018 Votto followed with his second triple of the season in the right-center gap as the ball rolled to the wall. Scott Winfield, Cincinnati.com, "ICYMI: World Cup coming to Cincinnati? Reds win series vs KC Royals, Bengals wrap minicamp," 15 June 2018 Brinson hit the ball to the deepest part of the park for his first triple of the season, a 420-foot drive to center. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A closer look: Miami Marlins 7, San Francisco Giants 5," 12 June 2018 Argyle got Brenden Dixon's run across the plate in a scoreless game after his triple to right and subsequent Sweeny throwing error. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Sweeny falls short against Argyle in 4A baseball title game," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Senior infielder Ryan Maher also reached base four times on a double, triple, walk and error. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Dandy Dylan: Dylan Robertson's three-run double ignites Brother Rice to summer regional win over Marian Catholic," 9 July 2018 Myers has 12 of the Padres’ past 33 RBIs and is 13-for-35 with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and four walks in those 10 games. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Wil Myers hits three homers; Kirby Yates gives up three runs," 8 July 2018 De Los Santos, who the Phillies acquired in the offseason from San Diego in exchange for Freddy Galvis, has a 1.89 ERA in 16 starts at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies prospect Enyel De Los Santos could take the mound in the majors sooner than expected," 6 July 2018 Santiago opened the year with a career-high 33 points against Woodward and had a pair of triple-doubles in Hughes' Christmas break trip to Florida. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Hughes' Santiago on making Puerto Rico's team: 'It's a blessing to play for your country'," 6 June 2018 Still the undeniable upside is there, as evidenced by a triple-double against Milwaukee to end the season. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "What could the Spurs get for Kawhi Leonard?," 5 May 2018 Simmons had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on Saturday, the first triple-double by a rookie in the postseason since Magic Johnson. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: Heat turnovers, missed free throws miss real issue — 76ers are flat-out better | Commentary," 22 Apr. 2018 Enyel De Los Santos was originally scheduled to start the triple-A all-star game tonight in Columbus, Ohio. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Enyel De Los Santos' arm and Maikel Franco's bat guide Phillies into first | Extra Innings," 11 July 2018 The Angels recalled outfielder Michael Hermosillo from triple-A Salt Lake and optioned pitcher Deck McGuire. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Tyler Skaggs could return Thursday for the Angels, Nick Tropeano not quite yet," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of triple

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triple

Verb

Middle English (Scots), from Late Latin triplare, from Latin triplus, adjective

Noun

Middle English, from Latin triplus, adjective

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin triplus, from tri- + -plus multiplied by — more at -fold

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triple

verb

English Language Learners Definition of triple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

: to become three times as great or as many

baseball : to hit a triple : to hit the ball so that you can reach third base

triple

noun

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

baseball : a hit that allows the batter to reach third base

triple

adjective

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

: three times bigger in size or amount

: having three parts or including three people or things

triple

verb
tri·ple | \ˈtri-pəl \
tripled; tripling

Kids Definition of triple

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to make or become three times as great or as many I tripled my savings.

triple

noun

Kids Definition of triple (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sum, amount, or number that is three times as great

2 : a combination, group, or series of three

3 : a hit in baseball that lets the batter reach third base

triple

adjective

Kids Definition of triple (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : having three units or parts

2 : being three times as great or as many

3 : repeated three times

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