Seeing double; a man and his reflection.
- 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.
- two combined; twofold; duplex
- having two layers; folded in two
- having two of one kind; paired; repeated: a double consonant
- of or involving two or both: a double mastectomy
- 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 of doubleMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin duplus, literally , twofold (akin to Classical Greek diploos) from duo, two + -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
- [pl.] 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
transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to make double; make twice as much or as many; multiply by two
- to fold so as to add another ply to: double the bandage
- to repeat or duplicate
- to be the double of
- 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 back in the direction from which one came: the animal doubled back 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
- to double one's original bet, investment, etc. so as to recover a past loss in addition to winning an amount equal to that loss
- to improve one's chances of success, as by intensifying one's efforts
Origin of double< the optional play in blackjack of doubling one's bet and receiving one card only
double one's fist
double in brass
- to bend over, as in laughter or painalso double over
- Informal to share a room, etc. with someone
on the doubleInformal
- in double time (sense )
- 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. Something having two identifiable or prominent parts or members.b. Something capable of carrying, moving, or holding two people or things, as a mattress.
- 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 A hit enabling the batter to reach second base. Also called two-bagger . Also called 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.
verbdou·bled, dou·bling, dou·bles
- 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 double.b. To advance or score (a runner) by hitting a double.c. 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 double.
- 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 of doubleMiddle English from Old French from Latin duplus ; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- Made up of two matching or complementary elements.
- The closet has double doors.
- Twice the quantity.
- Give me a double serving of mashed potatoes.
- 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.
- Designed for two users.
- a double room
- Folded in two; composed of two layers.
- Stooping; bent over.
- Having two aspects; ambiguous.
- a double meaning
- False, deceitful, or hypocritical.
- a double life
- Of flowers, having more than the normal number of petals.
- (music) Of an instrument, sounding an octave lower.
- a double bass
- (music) Of time, twice as fast.
- Twice over; twofold.
- Two together; two at a time. (especially in see double)
- Twice the number, amount, size, etc.
- A person who resembles and stands in for another person, often for safety purposes
- Saddam Hussein was rumored to have many doubles.
- A drink with two portions of alcohol
- On second thought, make that a double.
- (baseball) A two-base hit
- The catcher hit a double to lead off the ninth.
- A ghostly apparition of a living person; doppelgänger.
- A sharp turn, especially a return on one's own tracks.
- (bridge) A call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract.
- (billiards) A strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket.
- 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.
- (darts) The narrow outermost ring on a dartboard.
- (darts) A hit on this ring.
- (dominoes) A tile that has the same value (i.e., the same number of pips) in both sides.
- (computing, programming) A double-precision floating-point number.
- The sin function returns a double.
- (soccer) Two competitions, usually one league and one cup, won by the same team in a single season.
- (sports) The feat of scoring twice in one game.
- (historical) A former French coin worth one-sixth of a sou.
- (historical, Guernsey) A copper coin worth one-eighth of a penny.
- (music) Playing the same part on two instruments, alternately.
(third-person singular simple present doubles, present participle doubling, simple past and past participle doubled)
- To multiply by two.
- The company doubled their earnings per share over last quarter.
- To fold over so as to make two folds.
- To make a pleat, double the material at the waist.
- To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
- (intransitive) To increase by 100%, to become twice as large in size.
- Our earnings have doubled in the last year.
- (baseball) To get a two-base hit.
- The batter doubled into the corner.
- (sometimes followed by up) To clench (a fist).
- (often followed by together or up) To join or couple.
- To repeat exactly; copy.
- (intransitive) To play two parts or serve two roles.
- A spork is a kind of fork that doubles as a spoon.
- (intransitive) To turn sharply; following a winding course.
- (nautical) To sail around (a headland or other point).
- (music) To duplicate (a part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it.
- (music, intransitive, usually followed by "on") To be capable of performing (upon an additional instrument).
- (bridge) To make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract.
- (billiards, snooker, pool) To cause (a ball) to rebound from a cushion before entering the pocket.
- (intransitive) (followed by for) To act as substitute.
- (intransitive) To go or march at twice the normal speed.
- To multiply the strength or effect of by two.
- Sorry, this store does not double coupons.
- (military) To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
13th Century. From Old French doble, double, from Latin duplus (“twofold”).