Tre·ble, v. i. To become threefold.
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.
Tre·ble, adv. Trebly; triply. [Obs.]
Tre·ble, n. 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.
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.]
(When I accused him) trebled his reply. --Chapman.
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]