Definitions for TRIADˈtraɪ æd, -əd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tri•adˈtraɪ æd, -əd(n.)

  1. a group of three, esp. of three closely related persons or things.

  2. an element, atom, or group having a valence of three. a group of three closely related compounds or elements, as isomers or halides.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. the basic chord of a musical tonality, consisting of a tonic, a third, and a fifth.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of triad:

1540–50; < L triad-, s. of trias < Gk triás. See tri -, -ad1

tri′ad•ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce, leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-ace(noun)

    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one

  2. trio, triad, triplet, triple(noun)

    a set of three similar things considered as a unit

  3. trio, threesome, triad, trinity(noun)

    three people considered as a unit

  4. common chord, triad(noun)

    a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones

Wiktionary

  1. triad(Noun)

    A grouping of three

  2. triad(Noun)

    A chord consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.

  3. triad(Noun)

    on a CRT display, A group of three neighbouring phosphor dots, coloured green, red, and blue.

  4. triad(Noun)

    A collective term that describes many branches of the underground society based in Hong Kong.

  5. Origin: From triad-, stem of trias, from τριάς; applied by British authorities to underground society in Hong Kong based on geometry of Chinese character.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Triad(noun)

    a union of three; three objects treated as one; a ternary; a trinity; as, a triad of deities

  2. Triad(noun)

    a chord of three notes

  3. Triad(noun)

    the common chord, consisting of a tone with its third and fifth, with or without the octave

  4. Triad(noun)

    an element or radical whose valence is three

Freebase

  1. Triad

    Triad refers to the many branches of Chinese transnational organized crime organizations based in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and also in countries with significant Chinese populations, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Siam, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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