Hypertext Webster Gateway: "treble"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Treble \Tre"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trebled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: 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},
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},
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}]
n : the pitch range of the highest female voice [syn: {soprano}]
v 1: sing treble
2: increase threefold; "Triple your income!" [syn: {triple}]

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