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triple adj
1 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, triplex]
2 three times as great or many; "a claim for treble (or triple) damages"; "a threefold increase" [syn: treble, threefold]


1 a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base [syn: three-base hit, three-bagger]
2 a quantity that is three times as great as another


1 increase threefold; "Triple your income!" [syn: treble]
2 hit a three-base hit

User Contributed Dictionary



, from triplus.



  1. Made up of three related elements, often matching
    The triple markings on this vase are quite unique.
  2. Three times the quantity
    Give me a triple serving of mashed potatoes.

Related terms


made up of three related elements
three times the quantity


  1. A drink with three portions of alcohol.
    I've had a hard day, make that a triple.
  2. A hamburger with three patties.
    I'd like a triple with cheese.
  3. A three-base hit
    The shortstop hit a triple to lead off the ninth.
  4. A takeout shot in which three stones are removed from play.
  5. A sequence of three elements; 3-tuple.


sequence of three elements


  1. To multiply by three
    The company tripled their earnings per share over last quarter.
  2. To get a three-base hit
    The batter tripled into the gap.


to multiply by three



From triplus.


fr-noun m



  1. Feminine plural form of triplo

Extensive Definition

In mathematics, a triple is an n-tuple with n being 3. A triple is a sequence of three elements. It is not a set of three elements, as the ordering of the elements matters, and an element can be present more than once in the same triple. Derived from this abstract meaning it is used in several other contexts.

Triples in humor

A triple is a joke consisting of three statements (also known as comedy threes). The first two statements are similar, usually "straight lines", and establish a pattern which the third statement does not follow. For example:
John was a quiet gentleman who liked to work in the garden, read literary works, and devour kittens.
Obviously, the third violent activity does not follow the first two benign ones. This may be found humorous. Other examples include lists, of names for example, where the third is in contrast with the previous two.
"It's one thing to see death coming at the hands of your own creation. Oedipus and his father. Baron Frankenstein and his monster. William Henry Gates and Windows '09." -- David Brin, Kiln People
Here is another typical example, by Woody Allen, in Love and Death:
"If only I could see a miracle, like a burning bush, or the seas part, or my Uncle Sasha pick up a check!"
An example from the Dick van Dyke Show, with a coworker addressing his balding boss:
"Can I get you anything? Coffee? Doughnut? Toupee?"
Similarly from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold addressing his unwanted guest/cousin Eddie:
"Can I get you something to drink? Refill your eggnog? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?"
There are endless variations. Good ones can have a joke within a joke, such as this exchange from All in the Family where the subject of cities with the same names has come up:
Mike: "Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine."
Gloria: "Springfield, Illinois; Springfield, Massachusetts."
Edith: "New York, New York!"

Triples in music

In music triple refers to triple meter and triplets. See also simple meter and compound meter (music).

Triples in RDF

In RDF a triple is a subject-predicate-object expression.

Triples in sport

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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