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Dictionary Definition

double adj
1 having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; "a double (or dual) role for an actor"; "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson; "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison [syn: dual, twofold, treble, threefold]
2 consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs; "an egg with a double yolk"; "a double (binary) star"; "double doors"; "dual controls for pilot and copilot"; "duple (or double) time consists of two (or a multiple of two) beats to a measure" [syn: dual, duple]
3 twice as great or many; "ate a double portion"; "the dose is doubled"; "a twofold increase" [syn: doubled, twofold]
4 used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements; "double chrysanthemums have many rows of petals and are usually spherical or hemispherical" [ant: single]
5 used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis [syn: bivalent] [ant: multivalent, univalent]
6 large enough for two; "a double bed"; "a double room"
7 having two meanings with intent to deceive; "a sly double meaning"; "spoke with forked tongue" [syn: forked]

Noun

1 a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base; "he hit a double to deep centerfield" [syn: two-base hit, two-bagger, two-baser]
2 a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts; "his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable" [syn: stunt man, stunt woman]
3 someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor); "he could be Gingrich's double"; "she's the very image of her mother" [syn: image, look-alike]
4 a quantity that is twice as great as another; "36 is the double of 18"
5 raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2; "I decided his double was a bluff" [syn: doubling] adv
1 downward and forward; "he was bent double with pain"
2 two together; "some people sleep better double"
3 to double the degree; "she was doubly rewarded"; "his eyes were double bright" [syn: doubly, twice]

Verb

1 increase twofold; "The population doubled within 50 years" [syn: duplicate]
2 hit a two-base hit
3 bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain; "He doubled and vomited violently" [syn: double over, double up]
4 do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions; "She doubles as his wife and secretary"
5 bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
6 make or do or perform again; "He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick" [syn: duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

13th Century. From double, from duplus, from διπλόος.

Pronunciation

(in the phrases Double-entendre/double entendres) /'duːblə/

Adjective

  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. Of an instrument, sounding an octave lower.
    a double bass
  11. Of time, twice as fast.

See also

Translations

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Adverb

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

Noun

  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. 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, esp. a return on one's own tracks.
  7. A call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract.
  8. 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. In the context of "darts": The narrow outermost ring on a dartboard.
  11. In the context of "darts": A hit on this ring.

Translations

twice the number or size etc
a person resembling or standing for another
a drink with double amount of alcohol
  • Finnish: tupla
  • German: Doppelter
  • Italian: doppio
  • Russian: двойной

Verb

  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. To get a two-base hit
    The batter doubled into the corner.
  4. (sometimes foll. by up) To clench (a fist).
  5. (often foll. by together or up) To join or couple.
  6. To repeat exactly; copy.
  7. To play two parts or serve two roles.
  8. To turn sharply; following a winding course.
  9. To sail around (a headland or other point).
  10. To duplicate (a part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it.
  11. In the context of "music|intransitive|usually followed by "on"": To be capable of performing (upon an additional instrument).
  12. To make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract.
  13. In the context of "sports|billiards|snooker|pool": To cause (a ball) to rebound from a cushion before entering the pocket.
  14. (foll. by for) To act as substitute.
  15. To go or march at twice the normal speed.
  16. To increase by 100%, to become twice as large in size.
    Our earnings have doubled in the last year.

Translations

to multiply by two
  • Czech: zdvojnásobit
  • Finnish: kaksinkertaistaa
  • German: verdoppeln, doppeln
  • Hebrew: להכפיל (lehakhpyl)
  • Russian: удваивать , удвоить
to fold over so as to make two folds
  • Finnish: laskostaa
  • German: verdoppeln
baseball: to get a two-base hit
to clench
  • Finnish: puristaa
  • German: ballen
to join
  • Finnish: liittää
to copy
  • Finnish: toistaa
to serve two roles
  • Finnish: olla kaksoisrooli
  • German: doubeln
to turn sharply
  • Finnish: tehdä äkkikäännös
nautical: to sail around sthg
  • Finnish: kiertää
music: to duplicate a part
  • Finnish: toistaa, kerrata
music: to be capable of performing upon an additional instrument
bridge: to make a call that will double certain scoring points
  • Finnish: tuplata
  • German: kontrieren
billiards: to cause to rebound from a cushion
to act as substitute
  • Finnish: korvata
  • German: doubeln
to go at twice the normal speed
  • German: doppeln

French

Pronunciation

  • /dubl/
  • Audio (France)

Adjective

double
  1. Double. gloss French
    Il s'agit d'une phrase à double sens.

Noun

double
  1. Double. gloss French
    Je n'en avais pas assez, alors j'en acheté le double.

Verb

  1. Form of doubler

See also

Extensive Definition

Double may refer to:
  • Body double, someone who substitutes for the credited actor of a character
  • Doppelgänger, ghostly double of a living person
Sports
Games
  • Double, action in games, including bridge and backgammon, whereby a competitor raises the stakes to around twice their previous level
  • Double, villain in the video game Mega Man X4
  • In dancing games like Dance Dance Revolution or In the Groove, a mode of play in which a single player uses twice as many pads as normal (e.g. 8 instead of 4)
Music
Other
double in German: Doppel
double in Dutch: Dubbel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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