Triad vs Triple - What's the difference?

triad | triple |

As nouns the difference between triad and triple

is that triad is a grouping of three while triple is hat trick.

As a verb triple is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A grouping of three.
  • (music) A chord consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.
  • (electronics) on a CRT display, a group of three neighbouring phosphor dots, coloured green, red, and blue.
  • A branch of a Chinese underground criminal society, mostly based in Hong Kong.
  • Synonyms

    * (group of three) threesome, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, troika, triumvirate

    See also

    * monad * dyad * mafia * tong * yakuza * ("triad" on Wikipedia)





    (wikipedia triple)


  • Made up of three related elements, often matching
  • The triple markings on this vase are quite unique.
  • Three times the quantity
  • Give me a triple serving of mashed potatoes.
  • Designed for three users
  • a triple room
  • Folded in three; composed of three layers
  • Having three aspects; very ambiguous.
  • a triple meaning
  • (music) Of time, three times as fast as very fast.
  • (obsolete) One of three; third.
  • (Shakespeare)


    (en noun)
  • (informal) A drink with three portions of alcohol.
  • I've had a hard day, make that a triple .
  • (US) A hamburger with three patties.
  • I'd like a triple with cheese.
  • (baseball) A three-base hit
  • The shortstop hit a triple to lead off the ninth.
  • (curling) A takeout shot in which three stones are removed from play.
  • (mathematics, computing) A sequence of three elements or 3-tuple.
  • Derived terms

    * triplestore


  • To multiply by three
  • The company tripled their earnings per share over last quarter.
  • (baseball) To get a three-base hit
  • The batter tripled into the gap.
  • To become three times as large
  • Our earnings have tripled in the last year.
  • To serve or operate as (something), in addition to two other functions.
  • * 1982 , Popular Mechanics, Best tools for your electronics workbench (volume 157, number 1, page 106, January 1982)
  • Radio Shack's All-Purpose Crimper/Cutter ($9.95) doubles as a wire stripper and triples as a bolt cutter.
  • * 2011 , Mel LeCompte, The Tee Cotton Bowl
  • Examination rooms contain shelves overstuffed with football helmets, autographed equipment and even rugby gear. If the office doubles as a mini-museum, it also triples as a minichapel.

    See also

    * treble * triple jump * triple sec * triple goddess (coefficient)


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