The definition of double is twice as much or made of two parts.adjective
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.noun
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.verb
An example of to double is to cut one piece of pizza into two.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME < OFr < L duplus, lit., twofold (akin to Gr diploos) < duo, two + -plus < IE *plo-, -fold < base *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
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- 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
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- to fold completely; clench (one's fist)
- to bend over, as in laughter or pain
- to share a room, etc. with someone
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- /at the double
- In double time.