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 According to social network Strava's annual sport study, the number of cyclists who have adopted virtual reality spinning has nearly tripled since 2016. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Have a New Year's resolution to work out? Here are 10 fitness trends to try in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Sales have tripled during that time to $1.3 billion. Lucas Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Ohioans’ liquor consumption at an all-time high," 29 Dec. 2019 Consumption has tripled since 1997, according to the International Narcotics Control Board. BostonGlobe.com, "BUSHEKELI, Rwanda — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag had calmed them.," 26 Dec. 2019 Consumption has tripled since 1997, according to the International Narcotics Control Board. SFChronicle.com, "Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine," 25 Dec. 2019 By 2014, attendance at the party had nearly tripled. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "How a Hip-Hop Party Went From a Harlem Basement to Packing Barclays," 23 Dec. 2019 Reports of white supremacists posting fliers and other propaganda on campuses more than tripled in 2017, according to a tally by the Anti-Defamation League. Michael Kunzelman, baltimoresun.com, "Jury to decide if Maryland college student’s killing was hate crime," 8 Dec. 2019 In the past 30 years, diagnoses of thyroid cancer have tripled. Hallie Levine, Health.com, "What Every Woman Should Know About Her Thyroid Gland," 5 Dec. 2019 As a share of GDP, city and state spending on subsidies has more than tripled since 1990, totaling over $45 billion today. Michael Farren And Matthew Mitchell, Twin Cities, "Farren, Mitchell: Two years later, highly-touted Foxconn subsidies look more dubious than ever," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Janes, Pike and junior right fielder Kenzie Gates had two hits each with one of Gates’s hits an RBI triple in the fifth inning that went off the center field wall. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Stories of the Year: a state championship, a new athletic director/football coach and an undefeated regular season," 30 Dec. 2019 Nnenna Freelon is a serious triple-threat, maybe a quadruple or quintuple threat. John Adamian, courant.com, "Best bets: Our picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 29 Sep. 2019 Corey Seager and Joc Pederson also went deep, and Gavin Lux added an RBI triple in the second as Dodgers won their fifth straight. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bellinger hits 47th HR, leads Dodgers to 9-2 win over Giants," 28 Sep. 2019 Williams had a double and two triples in the record-breaking game, and the Cubs gave him a Chrysler Imperial. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 27 Nov. 2019 Providing a combination of power and speed in the leadoff spot, Blackmon set career highs in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, triples and runs batted in. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ best single seasons at each position during the 2010s," 2 Oct. 2019 By a player: Five home runs, four triples, five doubles, eight hits in eight at-bats, four RBIs without reaching base, caught stealing five times. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Looking at a potential playoff roster," 13 Sep. 2019 On the season the shortstop batted .482 with 15 home runs, nine triples, 14 doubles, 19 steals, 65 runs scored and 55 RBIs in 42 games. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "Bobby Witt Jr. Wins Gatorade's 2019 National Male Athlete of the Year," 10 July 2019 Delbarton players to watch: Senior Anthony Volpe, selected with the 30th pick in the major-league draft Monday by the New York Yankees, is batting .500 with seven home runs and six triples. Phil Anastasia, https://www.inquirer.com, "NJ state baseball championships postponed to Thursday due to weather threat," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On the back of his sweatshirt, Westbrook listed his various accomplishments with the Thunder that included 138 triple doubles, eight All-Star appearances and a regular-season MVP. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Russell Westbrook gets one last ovation in OKC, Chris Paul and Thunder get last laugh," 10 Jan. 2020 The 5-11 Ionescu is the NCAA career record holder with 21 triple-doubles and leads the nation this season in assists (8.8 pg). Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Double trouble: ASU women hosting No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Oregon State," 9 Jan. 2020 James finished with a triple double of 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the Lakers victory. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Sekou Doumbouya flashes big talent vs. Kawhi, Draymond and LeBron," 7 Jan. 2020 Brook Lopez then put back an offensive rebound, Middleton added another then Eric Bledsoe sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a triple by Ersan Ilyasova. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 127, Pelicans 112: Giannis out, but win streak continues," 11 Dec. 2019 Orlando missed its first 12 attempts from the 3-point line before Fournier knocked down a triple with 49.2 seconds left in the second quarter. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic push Bucks but can’t overcome slow start during road loss," 9 Dec. 2019 One woman named Melissa shared a story about her sister-in-law who had been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Peloton Defends 'Misinterpreted' Controversial Commercial as Stock Falls 9 Percent in One Day," 4 Dec. 2019 That’s always going to be healthier than any triple-decker with cheese and bacon. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "How to choose the best low-carb or keto friendly fast food meals," 16 Nov. 2019 Jokic’s line — a season-high 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds — ties him with LeBron James for second in the NBA with seven triple-doubles. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets survive huge second half from Grizzlies, win behind Nikola Jokic’s 7th triple-double," 28 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for triple

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Triple.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triples. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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