triple

verb
tri·​ple | \ ˈtri-pəl How to pronounce triple (audio) \
tripled; tripling\ ˈtri-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tripling (audio) \

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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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

The cryptocurrency has more than tripled this year, recovering some of its losses from a 2018 crash, as the Libra project helped revive investor interest in digital assets. John Harney, Fortune, "‘Little Standing or Dependability:’ Trump Lashes Out at Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency," 12 July 2019 They were promoted from double-A Tulsa to triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Chris Taylor is proving to be a worthy replacement for the injured Corey Seager," 28 June 2019 Since the law took effect, the number of kindergartners entering school with medical exemptions has more than tripled. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California vaccine-exemption crackdown amended to pull back on state control," 18 June 2019 Over the last year, time spent watching shows on Snapchat every day more than tripled. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "On Snapchat, Original Series Are Finding Return Viewers," 15 June 2019 Over the same period, streaming revenue more than tripled. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "A Billboard No. 1 Is at Stake, So Here’s an Album With Your Taylor Swift Hoodie," 9 June 2019 In 2018, Hong Kong received a record number of complaints about the wild boar: 929, more than triple the number just five years prior. Laurel Chor, National Geographic, "Wild boars make a home amid Hong Kong’s high rises and highways," 2 Apr. 2019 As a result, visual navigation is largely possible, combining trail maps with compass or GPS data to triple-check trail position. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why You Need To Hike the Sonoran Desert," 2 May 2018 Since Bruce Benson took the helm at CU nine years ago, annual fundraising has more than tripled and the overall budget has more than doubled. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of June 17-23," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Abrams has at least two hits in 13 of those games and has piled up 15 extra-base hits – two homers, four triples and nine doubles – en route to fashioning a .443/.468/.705 batting line. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Abrams’ hitting streak at 19 games; Urias’ swing prompts precautionary exit," 13 July 2019 The team went 9–0, and Witt batted .576 and slugged 1.121 with three doubles, three triples and three home runs. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Bobby Witt Jr. Wins Gatorade's 2019 National Male Athlete of the Year," 10 July 2019 LeMahieu put up a slash line of .395/.434/.658, scored 26 runs and hit eight doubles, two triples and six home runs over 25 games. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu named players of month," 3 July 2019 The outfielder is hitting .284/.372/.479 (110 wRC+) with nine home runs, six doubles and two triples in 218 plate appearances. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Top Marlins prospects Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison and Sixto Sanchez selected to All-Star Futures Game," 29 June 2019 Russell Martin was intentionally walked, and Roberts sent Smith, who had six homers, three doubles, three triples and nine RBIs in 11 triple-A games since his demotion, to the plate. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Will Smith’s homer sends Dodgers to third straight walk-off win over Rockies," 23 June 2019 As a junior last season, the smooth fielder posted a .214 batting average with six home runs, nine doubles and three triples while primarily batting ninth. Christopher Dabe, nola.com, "Another Tulane player goes pro: Sal Gozzo leaves school early, signs with Phillies," 11 June 2019 When the Sox needed a rally, down, 5-1, in the seventh inning, Mookie Betts provided the spark with a one-out triple. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "Christian Vazquez’s two-run homer caps perfect 10th in Red Sox’ win," 21 June 2019 Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray opened the third inning with a triple in the right-field corner, which drifted over the head of Rangers right fielder Hunter Pence. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Jesse Winker drives in 5 runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a win over the Texas Rangers," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Officials have issued a heat advisory for most of the Los Angeles County valleys and mountains, as well as the Inland Empire, where triple-digit temperatures are forecast through the weekend. Alex Wigglesworth, latimes.com, "Worst of Southern California heat wave and smog hit Saturday," 13 July 2019 Bachie has racked up triple-digit tackles in each of the past two seasons, setting the tone in the middle for two top-five run defenses. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Top 100 Players of the 2019 College Football Season," 12 July 2019 The issue has special relevance in Arizona, where triple-digit heat is a regular occurrence, and as temperatures are expected to continue rising due to climate change, Grijalva, D-Ariz. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Rep. Raúl Grijalva seeks limits on heat exposure while on the job," 10 July 2019 But pro racers walk away from triple-digit-speed crashes because they're outfitted right. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Motorcycles," 8 July 2019 Now, the increasing frequency of triple-digit highs have forced a national reckoning. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Germany Scorned Air Conditioning—Then Came the Heat Wave," 30 June 2019 Certainly too good to be fooled solely by triple-digit heat. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Padres prospect Andres Munoz rising almost as fast as his famed fastball," 20 June 2019 Woodruff's triple-digit offerings Tuesday came on his eighth and 10th pitches of the game. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brandon Woodruff has been bringing the heat lately for the Brewers," 19 June 2019 The league’s Wide Receiver of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and a five-time All-Arena selection, Hills can reach triple digits in Saturday afternoon’s road game against the Columbus Destroyers. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Unheard of: Baltimore Brigade WR Joe Hills on cusp of 100th straight game with a touchdown catch," 14 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce triple (audio) \
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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