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 Oil equities rallied strongly – the sector more than tripled by mid-2008 – though not as much as the underlying commodity. Washington Post, "Even Boone Pickens Is Falling Out of Love With Oil," 18 Sep. 2019 The number of evidence kits Cromwell’s team collected more than tripled, from around 55 the first year, to over 180 by 2017. Victoria Mckenzie, Anchorage Daily News, "Native women in Nome say police ignored rapes or failed to thoroughly investigate them," 12 Sep. 2019 Its backlog has more than tripled over the past three years, to 22,000 cases, says Simon Jeans, a former employee. The Economist, "Far more would-be refugees arrive in Australia by plane than by boat," 5 Sep. 2019 In the United States, the percentage of obese children and adolescents has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laura Reiley, Twin Cities, "It doesn’t matter if it’s sugary or diet: New study links all soda to an early death," 5 Sep. 2019 In the United States, the percentage of obese children and adolescents has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laura Reiley, The Denver Post, "New study links regular consumption of soda to health risks," 4 Sep. 2019 Revenue from international operations more than tripled in the past 10 years. Nisha Gopalan, Fortune, "Why Costco Might Survive China’s Rocky Retail Scene," 28 Aug. 2019 In Arizona, the annual number of deaths attributed to heat exposure more than tripled, from 76 deaths in 2014 to 235 in 2017, according to figures obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York Times, "Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials," 26 Aug. 2019 Pan was motivated to write the legislation after medical exemptions in the state more than tripled after SB277 went into effect. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaxxer livestreamed alleged assault on pro-vaccine lawmaker," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hoerner, who was promoted to play shortstop because of several injuries despite not playing above the Double-A level, went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and four RBIs in his major-league debut to lead the Cubs to a 10-2 win over the Padres. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Nico Hoerner collects 3 hits and 4 RBIs in his major-league debut as the Cubs pound the Padres 10-2," 10 Sep. 2019 Semien ended up with a two-run triple, stretching the A’s lead to 5-2. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s roll to victory, but Laureano leaves with cramp in troublesome leg," 7 Sep. 2019 Matt Olson doubled and Brown, in his first career plate appearance at the Coliseum, lined an RBI triple off the right-field wall. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s bullpen redeems itself, Matt Chapman launches homer in 7-5 win," 3 Sep. 2019 Seth Brown is the first player in Oakland A's history to have 10 hits in his first five games! #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/re7AZHcgdr Mark Canha, who’s batting .360 with a 1.060 OPS in August, hit an RBI triple in the seventh inning. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Brett Anderson delivers, Athletics win fourth straight against New York Yankees," 30 Aug. 2019 Juan Lagares, who also had three hits, added an RBI triple in the eighth. Kollin Miller, courant.com, "Mets beat Royals 4-1 behind deGrom, Alonso," 18 Aug. 2019 San Francisco’s explosion included an RBI triple off Austin Slater that took a wicked carom of the right-field wall, skipping past Blackmon and back toward the infield. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Ian Desmond, Ryan McMahon, lead Rockies to comeback win over Giants," 2 Aug. 2019 Eric Thames followed with an RBI triple into the right-field corner to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Pirates 1: Brandon Woodruff becomes the first 10-game winner in National League," 29 June 2019 The Brewers tied the game with two runs off Padres starter Matt Strahm in the third, and the Padres answered with two in the bottom of that inning on an RBI triple by Greg Garcia and RBI single by Manuel Margot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres sweep Brewers with big blast from Reyes, save from Stammen," 19 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Summers in Texas frequently top the triple digits, even in the shade. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "After volunteering at the border, late-night staffers look to do more," 13 Sep. 2019 Over/under: The OVER (169, -105) has cashed in each of the last two battles, with the Sky nearly averaging triple digits. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Phoenix Mercury at Chicago Sky odds, WNBA predictions, picks and best bets," 11 Sep. 2019 And for whatever reason, the Jaguars seem to have abandoned the triple-option game that served them well last year. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 42-6 loss to Memphis," 16 Sep. 2019 Navy’s triple-option offense has averaged 43.5 points in two games. Joseph Duarte, ExpressNews.com, "UH hopes to hit reset button in AAC opener at Tulane," 16 Sep. 2019 The Beavers’ defense corralled Cal Poly’s triple-option offense, holding the Mustangs to 315 yards. oregonlive, "Oregon State takes a satisfying 45-7 win over Cal Poly into an off week, but injuries are mounting," 15 Sep. 2019 Nothing makes a hangover worse than the triple option. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Heat Index 2.0, TV exposure galore in Week Three, crafting the football schedule and more," 14 Sep. 2019 Breaking down an offense Meyer broke down Army's triple-option offense both on the screen and on the studio field before the Golden Knights took on Michigan. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Urban Meyer, college-football analyst: 7 things to know," 12 Sep. 2019 The Gophers had success shutting down Georgia Tech’s triple option in a blowout win in the Quick Lane Bowl last December. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football vs. Georgia Southern: How to watch and who has the edge," 12 Sep. 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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4 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for triple

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

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triple

verb
How to pronounce triple (audio)

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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