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▪ Sales are expected to treble in the next two years.
▪ But a major part of the work is the creation of production facilities to treble capacity to around 10,000 cars a year.
▪ Either way, it's bound to treble his life insurance payments.
▪ The 21 % of dependent children living in lone-parent households has trebled from the 7 % in 1972.
▪ The number of mental hospital beds trebled to over 300,000 in 20 years and has since risen to 340,000.
▪ The proportion of never-married women under 50 who are cohabiting has trebled to three in 10 over this period.
▪ The time should have been doubled or trebled to hold all that occurred within its temporal borders.
▪ This trebled the money value of subsidies compared with 1939.
▪ In a similar way, the mid-range can be filled out or the treble tweaked at the pull of the appropriate pot.
▪ One of the most graphic came from experienced Paul Futcher after a Rush treble against Barnsley.
▪ The midfielder struck a superb second-half treble as Arsenal pummelled Plymouth 6-1 at Home Park.
▪ The ordinary treble is bright enough; it's the bass end that's important.
▪ The treble clef is always used even for the bottom notes.
▪ Its part is generally written in the treble clef on B or G to distinguish it from the side-drum.
▪ Its part is written in the treble clef and sounds two octaves and a tone lower.
▪ Because treble frequencies are directional and bass frequencies are not, standing in front of a loudspeaker cabinet always gives a brighter sound.
The Collaborative International 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.

  2. (Mus.)

    1. Acute; sharp; as, a treble sound.

    2. Playing or singing the highest part or most acute sounds; playing or singing the treble; as, a treble violin or voice.


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


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.


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.''

  2. To utter in a treble key; to whine. [Obs.]

    He outrageously (When I accused him) trebled his reply.


Treble \Tre"ble\, v. i. To become threefold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"three times, triple," c.1300, from Old French treble (12c.), from Latin triplus "threefold" (see triple). Related: Trebly.


"to multiply by three," early 14c., from Old French trebler, from treble "triple" (see treble (adj.)). Related: Trebled; trebling.


"highest part in music, soprano," mid-14c., from Anglo-French treble, Old French treble "a third part," noun use of adjective (see treble (adj.)). In early contrapuntal music, the chief melody was in the tenor, and the treble was the "third" part above it (after the alto).

  1. 1 Threefold, triple. 2 (context music English) Pertaining to the highest singing voice or part in harmonized music; soprano. 3 High in pitch; shrill. adv. Trebly; triply. n. 1 (context music English) The highest singing voice (especially as for a boy) or part in musical composition. 2 (context music English) A person or instrument having a treble voice or pitch; a boy soprano. 3 Any high-pitched or shrill voice or sound. 4 A threefold quantity or number; something having three parts or having been tripled. 5 (context darts English) Any of the narrow areas enclosed by the two central circles on a dartboard, worth three times the usual value of the segment. 6 (context sports English) Three goals, victories, awards etc. in a given match or season. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To multiply by three; to make into three parts, layers, or thrice the amount. 2 (context intransitive English) To become multiplied by three or increased threefold. 3 (context intransitive English) To make a shrill or high-pitched noise. 4 (context transitive English) To utter in a treble key; to whine.


n. the pitch range of the highest female voice [syn: soprano]

  1. v. sing treble

  2. increase threefold; "Triple your income!" [syn: triple]

  1. adj. having or denoting a high range; "soprano voice"; "soprano sax"; "the boy still had a fine treble voice"; "the treble clef" [syn: soprano]

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

Treble (musical group)

Treble was a girl group from the Netherlands.

Treble (sound)

Treble refers to tones whose frequency or range is at the higher end of human hearing. In music this corresponds to "high notes". The treble clef is often used to notate such notes. Examples of treble sounds are guitar tones, piccolos, etc. They have frequencies from 2.048 kHz-16.384 kHz (C7-C10). Treble sound is the counterpart to bass sound.

The term "treble" derives from the Latin triplum, used in 13th century motets to indicate the third and highest range.

The treble control is used in sound reproduction to change the volume of treble notes relative to those of the middle and bass frequency ranges.


Treble may refer to:

In music:

  • Treble (sound), tones of high frequency or range, the counterpart of bass
  • Treble clef, a symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes
  • Treble-cut or low-pass filter, which attenuates high frequencies while passing low frequencies
  • Treble voice, a voice in the soprano range
  • Treble (girl group), a three-piece girl group from the Netherlands
  • Treble, in change ringing, the bell with the highest pitch

In other uses:

  • Treble, to multiply by 3
  • Treble (association football), the achievement of winning three top tier trophies in one season or solar year
  • Treble (Mega Man), a character in the Mega Man video game series
  • Treble-bar, a type of moth
  • Treble Cone, a mountain and ski resort in New Zealand
  • Treble, a crochet stitch
  • Treble jig, an Irish dance
  • Treble damages, a legal term indicating triple damages as a penalty
  • Treble hook, a fish hook with three evenly spaced shanks and hooks attached to a single eye
  • Treble, a type of bet covering three selections
Treble (association football)

Treble is used in association football to refer to a team winning three trophies in a single season or solar year. Honours usually considered to contribute to a treble are the top-tier domestic league competition, primary domestic cup competition and most prestigious continental cup competition, although this depends to some extent on the football competitions of a particular country.

Trophy competitions which consist of a single match or a two-leg match (e.g. the FA Community Shield, Irish FA Charity Shield, Supercopa de España, Trophée des Champions, the Recopa Sudamericana, the UEFA Super Cup or the Intercontinental Cup) are generally not counted as part of a treble.

Two phrases sometimes used are a 'continental treble', which involves winning at least one continental trophy, and a 'domestic treble' - usually the domestic league and two secondary tournaments.

Usage examples of "treble".

Here, Georgia sued certain asphalt companies for treble damages under the Sherman Act arising allegedly out of a conspiracy to control the prices of asphalt of which Georgia was a large purchaser.

One hand played in the bass the melody of Silent, O Moyle, while the other hand careered in the treble after each group of notes.

They were faraway cheeses with strange sounding names, cheeses like Treble Wibbley, Waney Tastey, Old Argg, Red Runny and the legendary Lancre Blue, which had to be nailed to the table to stop it attacking other cheeses.

At last Villeneuve accepts the sea and fate, Despite the Cadiz council called of late, Whereat his stoutest captains--men the first To do all mortals durst-- Willing to sail, and bleed, and bear the worst, Short of cold suicide, did yet opine That plunging mid those teeth of treble line In jaws of oaken wood Held open by the English navarchy With suasive breadth and artful modesty, Would smack of purposeless foolhardihood.

Whether, now that our children are growing up, and our income is doubling and trebling year by year, we ought to widen our circle of usefulness, or close it up permanently within the quiet bound of little Longfield.

The ukufa let out a trebling series of yips, ready to leap at the dangling boy.

They thought it equally absurd and sinful for a man to carry his income on his back, and bedizen himself out in reds, blues, and greens, ribbons, knots, slashes, and treble quadruple daedalian ruffs, built up on iron and timber, which have more arches in them for pride than London Bridge for use.

CHAPTER LXVII Public feeling in Marlshire was much excited about the Caresfoot tragedy, and, when it became known that Lady Bellamy had attempted to commit suicide, the excitement was trebled.

The stout gentleman snored monotonously in two notes, one a rasping bass, the other a prolonged treble.

There was no sign of Soupy or his mysterious friend, and having bought some beer, I amused myself at the dart board, throwing one-to-twenty sequences, and trying to make a complete ring in the trebles.

Barlow alone climbed to the summit of the southernmost of the treble peaks of the island.

In the north district of Britain, beyond the Humber and on the borders of Yorkshire, the inhabitants make use of the same kind of symphonious harmony, but with less variety, singing in only two parts, one murmuring in the bass, the other warbling in the acute or treble.

I had to read treble clef instead of bass and play it an octave down to fit trombone range.

Dionysms the Areopagite, the emperor, graciously recalling the Greek origin of this saint, sent a chorus of Greek priests, and the Franks were entranced not merely by their vestments and painted tapers, but by their dramatic genuflections and the ensemble of bass and treble voices.

Twenty-four Changes are to be Rang another way, in hunting up the Treble, which is, by making every Extream Change between the two nearest Bells to the Hunt, as in these Changes, first I hunt the Treble up.