triple

Triple means to multiply by three. If you triple the number two, you get six, and six is the triple of the number two.

In triple, you see tri which means three. You see this prefix in tricycle (three wheels), tripod (three legs), and triplet (three siblings born at the same time). To triple is to increase threefold, just as to double means to increase twofold, quadruple fourfold and quintuple fivefold. In each of these pairs, the former word is Latin based and the latter has Old English origins.

Definitions of triple
  1. adjective
    having three units or components or elements
    “overcrowding made triple sessions necessary”
    triple time has three beats per measure”
    synonyms: ternary, treble, triplex
    multiple
    having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual
  2. adjective
    three times as great or many
    synonyms: three-fold, threefold, treble
    multiple
    having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual
  3. noun
    a quantity that is three times as great as another
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    type of:
    multiple
    the product of a quantity by an integer
  4. noun
    a set of three similar things considered as a unit
    synonyms: triad, trio, triplet
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    examples:
    Trimurti
    the triad of divinities of later Hinduism
    types:
    trilogy
    a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject or theme
    trigon, triplicity
    (astrology) one of four groups of the zodiac where each group consists of three signs separated from each other by 120 degrees
    type of:
    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  5. verb
    increase threefold
    Triple your income!”
    synonyms: treble
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    type of:
    manifold, multiply
    combine or increase by multiplication
  6. noun
    a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base
    synonyms: three-bagger, three-base hit
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    types:
    line triple, line-drive triple
    a triple resulting from a line drive
    type of:
    base hit, safety
    (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
  7. verb
    hit a three-base hit
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    type of:
    hit
    cause to move by striking
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