AskDefine | Define treble

Dictionary Definition

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

Verb

1 sing treble
2 increase threefold; "Triple your income!" [syn: triple]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From treble, from triplus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Threefold, triple.
  2. In the context of "of time|or|music}} Having two beats in a bar.

Extensive Definition

Treble, a doublet of "triple" or "threefold" (from Latin triplus, "triple"; cf. "double" from duplus), is used in several contexts:
Music:
  • As a term applied in music to the high or acute part of the musical system; see clef.
    • A treble-cut filter, or low-pass filter, attenuates high frequencies while passing low frequencies.
    • Treble response, the high frequency portion of an audio system's frequency response.
  • The highest singing voice (properly applicable to a boy) or part in musical composition. See Boy soprano
  • Treble Charger, a Canadian rock group.
  • Treble in Trouble, a record by the band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
  • Treble (girl group), a 3 piece girl group from the Netherlands.
  • Treble is the name given in Change ringing to the bell with the highest pitch.
Other:
  • Treble is also the name of a character in the Mega Man video game series; see Bass (Mega Man).
  • A treble-bar, a type of moth.
  • Treble Cone, a mountain and ski resort in New Zealand.
  • Treble jig, an Irish dance.
  • Treble damages, a legal term indicating triple damages as a penalty.
  • The Treble in soccer describes the achievement of winning three top tier trophies in one season
  • Treble, type of bet covering three selections.
treble in Hebrew: טרבל

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accompaniment, air, alto, aria, baritone, bass, basso continuo, basso ostinato, bassus, bourdon, bravura, burden, canto, cantus, cantus figuratus, cantus planus, chest voice, choral, choric, coloratura, continuo, contralto, countertenor, cube, descant, dramatic, drone, drone bass, falsetto, figured bass, ground bass, head register, head tone, head voice, heroic, high, high-pitched, high-sounding, high-toned, hymnal, lay, line, liturgical, lyric, male alto, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody, mezzo-soprano, multiply by three, note, operatic, part, piercing, piping, plain chant, plain song, prick song, psalmic, psalmodial, psalmodic, refrain, sacred, sharp, shrill, singing, solo, solo part, song, soprano, soprano part, strain, tenor, tern, ternal, ternary, ternate, thin, thorough bass, three-ply, threefold, trilogic, trinal, trine, triple, triplex, triplicate, tune, undersong, vocal, voce, voce di petto, voce di testa, voice, voice part
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