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Treble definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TREBLE, a. trib'l. [L. triplex, triplus; tres, three, and plexus, fold. This should be written trible.]
1. Threefold; triple; as a lofty tower with treble walls.
2. In music, acute; sharp; as a treble sound.
3. That plays the highest part or most acute sounds; that plays the treble; as a treble violin.
TREBLE, n. trib'l. In music, the part of a symphony whose sounds are highest or most acute. This is divided into first or highest treble, and second or base treble.
TREBLE, v.t. trib'l. [L. triplico.] To make thrice as much; to make threefold. Compound interest soon trebles a debt.
TREBLE, v.i. trib'l. To become threefold. A debt at compound interest soon trebles in amount.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having or denoting a high range; "soprano voice"; "soprano sax"; "the boy still had a fine treble voice"; "the treble clef" [syn: soprano, treble]
2: three times as great or many; "a claim for treble (or triple) damages"; "a threefold increase" [syn: treble, threefold, three-fold, triple]
3: having three units or components or elements; "a ternary operation"; "a treble row of red beads"; "overcrowding made triple sessions necessary"; "triple time has three beats per measure"; "triplex windows" [syn: ternary, treble, triple, triplex]
4: having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; "a double (or dual) role for an actor"; "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson; "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison [syn: double, dual, twofold, two-fold, treble, threefold, three- fold] n
1: the pitch range of the highest female voice [syn: soprano, treble] v
1: sing treble
2: increase threefold; "Triple your income!" [syn: triple, treble]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, the highest part in a three-part composition, from treble, adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. 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 II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin triplus — more at triple Date: 14th century 1. a. having three parts or uses ; threefold b. triple in number or amount 2. a. relating to or having the range or part of a treble b. high-pitched, shrill c. of, relating to, or having the range of treble in sound recording and broadcasting <treble frequencies> • trebly adverb III. verb (trebled; trebling) Date: 14th century transitive verb to increase threefold intransitive verb 1. to sing treble 2. to grow to three times the size, amount, or number

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj., n., & v. --adj. 1 a threefold. b triple. c three times as much or many (treble the amount). 2 (of a voice) high-pitched. 3 Mus. = SOPRANO (esp. of an instrument or with ref. to a boy's voice). --n. 1 a treble quantity or thing. 2 Darts a hit on the narrow ring enclosed by the two middle circles of a dartboard, scoring treble. 3 a Mus. = SOPRANO (esp. a boy's voice or part, or an instrument). b a high-pitched voice. 4 the high-frequency output of a radio, record-player, etc., corresponding to the treble in music. 5 a system of betting in which the winnings and stake from the first bet are transferred to a second and then (if successful) to a third. 6 Sport three victories or championships in the same game, sport, etc. --v. 1 tr. & intr. make or become three times as much or many; increase threefold; multiply by three. 2 tr. amount to three times as much as. Phrases and idioms: treble chance a method of competing in a football pool in which the chances of winning depend on the number of draws and home and away wins predicted by the competitors. treble clef a clef placing G above middle C on the second lowest line of the staff. treble rhyme a rhyme including three syllables. Derivatives: trebly adv. (in sense 1 of adj.). Etymology: ME f. OF f. L triplus TRIPLE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Treble Tre"ble, v. i. To become threefold. --Swift.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Treble Tre"ble, a. [OE. treble threefold, OF. treble, treible, L. triplus. See Triple.] 1. Threefold; triple. A lofty tower, and strong on every side With treble walls. --Dryden. 2. (Mus.) (a) Acute; sharp; as, a treble sound. --Bacon. (b) Playing or singing the highest part or most acute sounds; playing or singing the treble; as, a treble violin or voice.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Treble Tre"ble, adv. Trebly; triply. [Obs.] --J. Fletcher.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Treble Tre"ble, n. [`` It has been said to be a corruption of triplum [Lat.], a third part, superadded to the altus and bassus (high and low).'' --Grove.] (Mus.) The highest of the four principal parts in music; the part usually sung by boys or women; soprano. Note: This is sometimes called the first treble, to distinguish it from the second treble, or alto, which is sung by lower female voices.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Treble Tre"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trebled; p. pr. & vb. n. Trebling.] 1. To make thrice as much; to make threefold. ``Love trebled life.'' --Tennyson. 2. To utter in a treble key; to whine. [Obs.] He outrageously (When I accused him) trebled his reply. --Chapman.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(trebles, trebling, trebled) 1. If something trebles or if you treble it, it becomes three times greater in number or amount than it was. They will have to pay much more when rents treble in January... The city has trebled the number of its prisoners to 21,000. = triple VERB: V, V ntrebling A new threat to Bulgaria's stability is the week-old miners' strike for a trebling of minimum pay. N-SING: oft N of n 2. If one thing is treble the size or amount of another thing, it is three times greater in size or amount. More than 7 million shares changed hands, treble the normal daily average. = triple PREDET: PREDET det n 3. A treble is a boy with a very high singing voice. N-COUNT 4. In sport, a treble is three successes one after the other, for example winning three horse races on the same day, or winning three competitions in the same season. (mainly BRIT JOURNALISM) The win completed a treble for them–they already claimed a league and cup double this year. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Triple, threefold. II. v. a. Triple, make threefold. III. v. n. Become threefold. IV. n. (Mus.) Highest part (for a woman's voice), soprano.

Moby Thesaurus

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