What does TRIAD mean?

Definitions for TRIADˈtraɪ æd, -əd

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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


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Triad

    trī′ad, n. the union of three: a Welsh composition arranged in groups of three: an association of three kindred deities.—adj. Triad′ic.—n. Trī′adist, a composer of triads. [L. trias, triadis—Gr. trias, triadostreis, three.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRIAD in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TRIAD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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