- The definition of double is twice as much or made of two parts.
An example of something double is four cookies as opposed to two.
- Double means something multiplied by two or something that looks or acts much like another.
An example of a double is a person who performs stunts for someone else in a movie.
- Double is defined as to make twice as much or to fold in half.
An example of to double is to cut one piece of pizza into two.
Seeing double; a man and his reflection.
double definition by Webster's New World
- two combined; twofold; duplex
- having two layers; folded in two
- having two of one kind; paired; repeated: a double consonant
- being of two kinds; dual: a double standard
- having two meanings; ambiguous
- twice as much, as many, as large, etc.: pay double fare
- of extra size, value, strength, or quantity
- designed or made for two: a double bed
- characterized by duplicity; two-faced; deceiving: leading a double life
- having a tone an octave lower: double bass
- Bot. having more than one set of petals
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin duplus, literally , twofold (akin to Classical Greek diploos) ; from duo, two plush -plus ; from Indo-European an unverified form plo-, -fold ; from base an unverified form pel-, to fold
- to twice the extent or degree; twofold
- two together; in or by pairs: to ride double
- anything twice as much, as many, or as large as normal
- a person or thing looking very much like another; duplicate; counterpart
- a substitute actor or singer
- a stand-in or substitute, as in films
- a fold; second ply
- a sharp turn or shift of direction
- an evasive trick
- a game of tennis, handball, etc. with two players on each side
- ☆ Baseball a hit on which the batter reaches second base
- Bridge the doubling of an opponent's bid
- to make double; make twice as much or as many; multiply by two
- to fold; add another ply to: double the bandage
- to repeat or duplicate
- to be the double of
- ☆ Baseball
- to put out (the second runner) in executing a double play
- to advance (a runner) by hitting a double
- Bridge to increase the point value or penalty of (an opponent's bid) by saying “double” when it is one's turn to bid
- Music to supply the upper or lower octave to (another part or voice): double the tenor in brass
- Naut. to sail around: they doubled Cape Horn
- to become double; increase twofold
- to bend or turn sharply backward: the animal doubled on its tracks
- to serve as a double
- to serve an additional purpose
- ☆ Informal to double-date
- ☆ Baseball to hit a double
- Music to play one or more instruments in addition to one's principal instrument: often with on
double definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Twice as much in size, strength, number, or amount: a double dose.
- Composed of two like parts: double doors.
- Composed of two unlike parts; dual: a double meaning; a double role for an actor.
- Accommodating or designed for two: a double bed; a double room.
- Characterized by duplicity; deceitful: speak with a double tongue.
- Botany Having many more than the usual number of petals, usually in a crowded or an overlapping arrangement: a double chrysanthemum.
- Something increased twofold.
- One that closely resembles another; a duplicate.
- a. An actor's understudy.b. An actor who takes the place of another actor in scenes requiring special skills or preparations: a stunt double; a body double.
- An apparition; a wraith.
- a. A sharp turn in a direction of movement; a reversal.b. A sharp, often devious change in position or argument; a shift.
- doubles Sports A form of a game, such as tennis or handball, having two players on each side.
- Baseball See two-base hit.
- Games a. A bid in bridge indicating strength to one's partner; a request for a bid.b. A bid doubling one's opponent's bid in bridge, thus increasing the penalty for failure to fulfill the contract.c. A hand justifying such a bid.
- To make twice as great.
- To be twice as much as: doubled the score of his opponent.
- To fold in two.
- To clench (one's fist).
- To duplicate; repeat.
- To turn (an enemy spy) into a double agent.
- Baseball a. To cause the scoring of (a run) by hitting a two-base hit.b. To advance or score (a runner) by hitting a two-base hit.
- Baseball To put out (a runner) as the second part of a double play.
- Games To challenge (an opponent's bid) with a double in bridge.
- Music To duplicate (another part or voice) an octave higher or lower or in unison.
- Nautical To sail around: double a cape.
- To be increased twofold: The debt soon doubled.
- To turn sharply or all the way around; reverse one's course: had to double back to touch the missed base.
- To serve in an additional capacity: a frying pan that doubles as a pie tin; a conductor who doubles as a pianist.
- To replace an actor in the actor's absence or in a certain scene.
- Baseball To hit a two-base hit.
- Games To announce a double in bridge.
- To twice the amount or extent; doubly: paid double for the customized car.
- Two together; in pairs: sleeping double.
- In two: bent double.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin duplus; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- douˈble·ness noun
double - Phrases/Idioms
- to fold back
- to turn and go back in the direction from which one came
double in brassâ
- to fold completely; clench (one's fist)
- to bend over, as in laughter or pain
- to share a room, etc. with someone
- /at the double
- In double time.