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.

Primary Meanings of triple

1.
adjnv
having three units or components or elements
a quantity that is three times as great as another
increase threefold
2.
nv
a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base
hit a three-base hit
Full Definitions of triple
1

adj 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

adj 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

n a quantity that is three times as great as another

Type of:
multiple
the product of a quantity by an integer

n a set of three similar things considered as a unit

Synonyms:
triad, trio, triplet
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

v increase threefold

Triple your income!”
Synonyms:
treble
Type of:
manifold, multiply
combine or increase by multiplication
2

n a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base

Synonyms:
three-bagger, three-base hit
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

v hit a three-base hit

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

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