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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a set of three identical objects or copies.
  • transitive v. To make threefold; triple.
  • transitive v. To make three identical copies of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Each of a set of three identical objects or copies.
  • v. To make three identical copies of something.
  • v. To triple.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made thrice as much; threefold; tripled.
  • n. A third thing corresponding to two others of the same kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Triple; threefold; consisting of or related to a triad, or three corresponding parts; composed of three similars: as, a triplicate certificate.
  • n. One of three things corresponding in every respect to one another.
  • To treble; repeat a second time; make threefold; produce a third corresponding to a first and second.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of three copies; any of three things that correspond to one another exactly
  • v. reproduce threefold

Etymologies

From Middle English, triple, from Latin triplicātus, past participle of triplicāre, to triple, from triplex, triplic-, threefold; see triplex.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Early 15th century. From Latin triplicatus, form of triplicāre ("to triple"), from tri- ("three") + plicāre ("to fold"). (Wiktionary)

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