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Meaning of double by Wiktionary Dictionary



    13th Century. From Old French double, from Latin duplus ( “twofold” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈdʌb.əl/
    • Rhymes: -ʌbəl

    ( in the phrases Double-entendre/double entendres ) IPA: /ˈduːblə/


    double ( not comparable )

    1. Made up of two matching or complementary elements
      The closet has double doors .
    2. Twice the quantity
      Give me a double serving of mashed potatoes .
    3. Of a family relationship, related on both the maternal and paternal sides of a family
      He's my double cousin as my mother's sister married my father's brother .
    4. Designed for two users .
      a double room
    5. Folded in two; composed of two layers .
    6. Stooping; bent over .
    7. Having two aspects; ambiguous .
      a double meaning
    8. False, deceitful, or hypocritical .
      a double life
    9. Of flowers, having more than the normal number of petals .
    10. ( music ) Of an instrument, sounding an octave lower .
      a double bass
    11. ( music ) Of time, twice as fast .

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    double ( not comparable )

    1. Twice over; twofold .
    2. Two together; two at a time. ( especially in see double )


    double ( plural: doubles )

    1. Twice the number, amount, size, etc .
    2. A person who resembles and stands in for another person, often for safety purposes
      Saddam Hussein was rumored to have many doubles .
    3. A drink with two portions of alcohol
      On second thought, make that a double .
    4. ( baseball ) A two-base hit
      The catcher hit a double to lead off the ninth .
    5. A ghostly apparition of a living person; doppelgänger .
    6. A sharp turn, especially a return on one's own tracks .
    7. ( bridge ( card game ) ) A call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract .
    8. ( billiards ) A strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket .
    9. A bet on two horses in different races in which any winnings from the first race are placed on the horse in the later race .
    10. ( darts ) The narrow outermost ring on a dartboard .
    11. ( darts ) A hit on this ring .
    12. ( computing, programming ) Short form of double-precision floating-point number .
      The sin( ) function returns a double .
    13. ( soccer ) Two competitions, usually one league and one cup, won by the same team in a single season .


    to double ( third-person singular simple present doubles present participle doubling, simple past and past participle doubled )

    1. To multiply by two
      The company doubled their earnings per share over last quarter .
    2. To fold over so as to make two folds
      To make a pleat, double the material at the waist .
    3. ( baseball ) To get a two-base hit
      The batter doubled into the corner .
    4. ( transitive ) ( sometimes followed by up ) To clench ( a fist ) .
    5. ( transitive ) ( often followed by together or up ) To join or couple .
    6. ( transitive ) To repeat exactly; copy .
    7. ( intransitive ) To play two parts or serve two roles .
    8. ( intransitive ) To turn sharply; following a winding course .
    9. ( nautical ) To sail around ( a headland or other point ).
    10. ( music ) To duplicate ( a part ) either in unison or at the octave above or below it .
    11. ( music, intransitive, usually followed by "on" ) To be capable of performing ( upon an additional instrument ) .
    12. ( bridge ( card game ) ) To make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract .
    13. ( billiards, snooker, pool ) To cause ( a ball ) to rebound from a cushion before entering the pocket .
    14. ( intransitive ) ( foll. by for ) To act as substitute .
    15. ( intransitive ) To go or march at twice the normal speed .
    16. ( intransitive ) To increase by 100%, to become twice as large in size .
      Our earnings have doubled in the last year .
    17. ( transitive ) To multiply the strength or effect of by two .
      Sorry, this store does not double coupons .

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Explanation of double by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. increase twofold

    2. The population doubled within 50 years
    3. hit a two-base hit

    4. do double duty

    5. She doubles as his wife and secretary
    6. make or do or perform again

    7. bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain

    8. He doubled and vomited violently
    9. make a demand for ( a card or suit )

    1. to double the degree

    2. his eyes were double bright
    3. two together

    4. some people sleep better double
    5. downward and forward

    6. he was bent double with pain
    1. having two meanings with intent to deceive

    2. a sly double meaning
    3. large enough for two

    4. a double bed
      a double room
    5. used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis

    6. twice as great or many

    7. ate a double portion
      the dose is doubled
    8. consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs

    9. an egg with a double yolk
      a double ( binary ) star
      double doors
      duple ( or double ) time consists of two ( or a multiple of two ) beats to a measure
    10. having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities

    11. a double ( or dual ) role for an actor
      every episode has its double and treble meaning-Frederick Harrison
    12. used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements

    13. double chrysanthemums have many rows of petals and are usually spherical or hemispherical
    1. a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base

    2. he hit a double to deep centerfield
    3. raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2

    4. I decided his double was a bluff
    5. a quantity that is twice as great as another

    6. 36 is the double of 18
    7. someone who closely resembles a famous person ( especially an actor )

    8. he could be Gingrich's double
    9. a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

    10. his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable

    Definition of double by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Double ( dŭb'l ), a. [OE. doble, duble, double, OF. doble, duble, double, F. double, fr. L. duplus, fr. the root of duo two, and perh. that of plenus full; akin to Gr. διπλόος double. See Two, and Full, and cf. Diploma, Duple.]
      1. Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.

      Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 2 Kings ii. 9.

      Darkness and tempest make a double night. Dryden.

      2. Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled.

      [Let] The swan, on still St. Mary's lake,

      Float double, swan and shadow. Wordsworth.

      3. Divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere.

      With a double heart do they speak. Ps. xii. 2.

      4. ( Bot. ) Having the petals in a flower considerably increased beyond the natural number, usually as the result of cultivation and the expense of the stamens, or stamens and pistils. The white water lily and some other plants have their blossoms naturally double.

      ☞ Double is often used as the first part of a compound word, generally denoting two ways, or twice the number, quantity, force, etc., twofold, or having two.

      Double base, or Double bass ( Mus. ), the largest and lowest-toned instrument in the violin form; the contrabasso or violone. -- Double convex. See under Convex. -- Double counterpoint ( Mus. ), that species of counterpoint or composition, in which two of the parts may be inverted, by setting one of them an octave higher or lower. -- Double court ( Lawn Tennis ), a court laid out for four players, two on each side. -- Double dagger ( Print. ), a reference mark next to the dagger in order; a diesis. -- Double drum ( Mus. ), a large drum that is beaten at both ends. -- Double eagle, a gold coin of the United States having the value of 20 dollars. -- Double entry. See under Bookkeeping. -- Double floor ( Arch. ), a floor in which binding joists support flooring joists above and ceiling joists below. See Illust. of Double-framed floor. -- Double flower. See Double, a., 4. -- Double-framed floor ( Arch. ), a double floor having girders into which the binding joists are framed. -- Double fugue ( Mus. ), a fugue on
      two subjects. -- Double letter. ( Print. ) Two letters on one shank; a ligature. A mail requiring double postage. -- Double note ( Mus. ), a note of double the length of the semibreve; a breve. See Breve. -- Double octave ( Mus. ), an interval composed of two octaves, or fifteen notes, in diatonic progression; a fifteenth. -- Double pica. See under Pica. -- Double play ( Baseball ), a play by which two players are put out at the same time. -- Double plea ( Law ), a plea alleging several matters in answer to the declaration, where either of such matters alone would be a sufficient bar to the action. Stephen. -- Double point ( Geom. ), a point of a curve at which two branches cross each other. Conjugate or isolated points of a curve are called double points, since they possess most of the properties of double points ( see Conjugate ). They are also called acnodes, and those points where the branches of the curve really cross are called crunodes. The extremity of a cusp is also a double point. -- Double quarrel
      . ( Eccl. Law ) See Duplex querela, under Duplex. -- Double refraction. ( Opt. ) See Refraction. -- Double salt. ( Chem. ) A mixed salt of any polybasic acid which has been saturated by different bases or basic radicals, as the double carbonate of sodium and potassium, NaKCO3.6H2O. A molecular combination of two distinct salts, as common alum, which consists of the sulphate of aluminium, and the sulphate of potassium or ammonium. -- Double shuffle, a low, noisy dance. -- Double standard ( Polit. Econ. ), a double standard of monetary values; i. e., a gold standard and a silver standard, both of which are made legal tender. -- Double star ( Astron. ), two stars so near to each other as to be seen separate only by means of a telescope. Such stars may be only optically near to each other, or may be physically connected so that they revolve round their common center of gravity, and in the latter case are called also binary stars. -- Double time ( Mil. ). Same as Double-quick. -- Double window, a window having two sets of glazed sashes with an air space between them.

    2. Double adv. Twice; doubly.

      I was double their age. Swift.

    3. Double, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doubled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Doubling] [OE. doblen, dublen, doublen, F. doubler, fr. L. duplare, fr. duplus. See Double, a.]
      1. To increase by adding an equal number, quantity, length, value, or the like; multiply by two; as, “to double a sum of money; to double a number, or length”.

      Double six thousand, and then treble that. Shak.

      2. To make of two thicknesses or folds by turning or bending together in the middle; to fold one part upon another part of; as, “to double the leaf of a book, and the like”; to clinch, as the fist; -- often followed by up; as, “to double up a sheet of paper or cloth”. Prior.

      Then the old man

      Was wroth, and doubled up his hands. Tennyson.

      3. To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.

      Thus reënforced, against the adverse fleet,

      Still doubling ours, brave Rupert leads the way. Dryden.

      4. To pass around or by; to march or sail round, so as to reverse the direction of motion.

      Sailing along the coast, the doubled the promontory of Carthage. Knolles.

      5. ( Mil. ) To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.

    4. Double, v. i.
      1. To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much.

      'T is observed in particular nations, that within the space of three hundred years, notwithstanding all casualties, the number of men doubles. T. Burnet.

      2. To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.

      Doubling and turning like a hunted hare. Dryden.

      Doubling and doubling with laborious walk. Wordsworth.

      3. To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false.

      What penalty and danger you accrue,

      If you be found to double. J. Webster.

      4. ( Print. ) To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.

      To double upon ( Mil. ), to inclose between two fires.

    5. Double, n.
      1. Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like.

      If the thief be found, let him pay double. Ex. xxii. 7.

      2. Among compositors, a doublet ( see Doublet, 2. ); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.

      3. That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold.

      Rolled up in sevenfold double

      Of plagues. Marston.

      4. A turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice.

      These men are too well acquainted with the chase to be flung off by any false steps or doubles. Addison.

      5. A person or thing that is the counterpart of another; a duplicate; copy; ( Obs. ) transcript; -- now chiefly used of persons. Hence, a wraith.

      My charming friend . . . has, I am almost sure, a double, who preaches his afternoon sermons for him. Atlantic Monthly.

      6. A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute; -- used especially of a person who resembles an actor and takes the actor's place in scenes requiring special skills; as, “a stunt double”.

      7. Double beer; strong beer.

      8. ( Eccl. ) A feast in which the antiphon is doubled, hat is, said twice, before and after the Psalms, instead of only half being said, as in simple feasts. Shipley.

      9. ( Lawn Tennis ) A game between two pairs of players; as, “a first prize for doubles”.

      10. ( Mus. ) An old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites.