1. Threefold; triple.
A lofty tower, and strong on every sideDryden.
With treble walls.
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.] J. Fletcher.
(Tre"ble), n. [" It has been said to be a corruption of triplum [Lat.], a third part, superadded to
the altus and bassus " Grove.] (Mus.) The highest of the four principal parts in music; the part usually
sung by boys or women; soprano.
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." Tennyson.
2. To utter in a treble key; to whine. [Obs.]
(When I accused him) trebled his reply.
(Tre"ble), v. i. To become threefold. Swift.
(Tre"ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being treble; as, the trebleness of tones. Bacon.
(Treb"let) n. Same as Triblet.
(Tre"bly) adv. In a treble manner; with a threefold number or quantity; triply. Swift.
(Treb"u*chet Tre"buck*et) n. [OF. trebuchet, trebukiet, an engine of war for hurling stones,
F. trébuchet a gin, trap, a kind of balance, fr. OF. trebuchier, trebuquier, to stumble, trip, F. trébucher.]
1. A cucking stool; a tumbrel. Cowell.
2. A military engine used in the Middle Ages for throwing stones, etc. It acted by means of a great weight
fastened to the short arm of a lever, which, being let fall, raised the end of the long arm with great velocity,
hurling stones with much force.
3. A kind of balance for weighing. [Obs.]
(Tre*chom"e*ter) n. [Gr. to run + - meter.] An odometer for vehicles. Knight.
(||Treck"schuyt`) n. [D. trekschuit; trekken to draw + schuit a boat. Cf. Trackscout.] A
covered boat for goods and passengers, used on the Dutch and Flemish canals.
(Tred"dle) n. [See Treadle.]
1. See Treadle.
2. A prostitute; a strumpet. [Obs.] Ford.
3. pl. The dung of sheep or hares. Holland.
(Tre*dille") n. A game at cards for three.