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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
dou•ble /ˈdʌbəl/USA pronunciation
adj., n., v., -bled, -bling,adv.
twice as large, heavy, strong, etc.;
twice as many in size, amount, number, extent, etc.:The workers receive double pay for working on Sundays. He ordered a double whiskey.
[before a noun] made up of two similar parts or members; paired:a double sink.
Furniture[usually: before a noun] suitable for two persons:We rented a double room.
having two meanings; ambiguous:His comment had a double meaning.
[usually: before a noun] hiding something dishonestly;
deceitful:He led a double life, working by day and thieving by night.
folded in two layers.
anything that is twice the usual size, amount, strength, etc.: [uncountable]She offered me double for the computer.[countable]He ordered a double of scotch from the bar.
[countable] a person who exactly or closely resembles another:She is the double of her mother.
[countable] a hotel room with two beds or a double bed, for two people.
Show Business[countable] a substitute who performs stunts in a movie or TV show that are too hazardous for a star:a stunt double.
Sport[countable] Also called ˈtwo-ˌbase ˈhit. a hit in baseball that allows the batter to reach second base safely.
Sportdoubles, [uncountable; used with a singular verb] a game or match, as in tennis, in which there are two players on each side:a doubles match.
to (cause to) become double or twice as great;
add an equal amount (of): [no object]Our taxes doubled over a one-year period.[~ + object]The landlord doubled our rent.
to fold or bend with one part over another: [~ + object]The mother doubled the sheets and blankets to keep the baby warmer.[~ + up/over + object]She doubled over the sheets and blankets to make the baby warmer.[~ + object + up/over]She doubled them up to keep the baby warmer.
[~ + object] to clench; hold tightly:to double one's fists.
[~ + object] to pair;
couple:We doubled partners and began the country dance.
[~ + as + object] to do a second job in addition to one's primary job; to serve in an additional capacity:The director doubles as an actor.
Sport[no object] to hit a double in baseball.
[no object] to double-date:We doubled last week, but this week I want to go out with her alone.
double back, [no obj] to turn back on a course; reverse direction:I doubled back to see if I could find the missing earring.
- [no object] to share quarters planned for only one person or family:You can stay with us; we'll all just double up.
to twice the amount, extent, etc.; twofold:We paid double for that room.
two together:to sleep double.
- Also,ˈdou•ble ˈo•ver. to (cause to) bend over, as from pain: [no object]As the next wave of pain hit, he doubled over.[~ + object + up/over]The pain doubled him up and left him gasping on the floor.[ ~ + over/up + obj]:A punch like that would double over anyone.
- Idiomsdouble or nothing, a bet in which one either wins twice as much as one has bet or gets nothing.
- Idiomson the double, without delay; rapidly:Get up there on the double and report to the commander.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
double /ˈdʌbəl/ adj (usually prenominal)
- as much again in size, strength, number, etc: a double portion
- composed of two equal or similar parts; in a pair; twofold: a double egg cup
- designed for two users: a double room
- folded in two; composed of two layers: double paper
- stooping; bent over
- having two aspects or existing in two different ways; ambiguous: a double meaning
- false, deceitful, or hypocritical: a double life
- (of flowers) having more than the normal number of petals
- (of an instrument) sounding an octave lower than the pitch indicated by the notation: a double bass
- (of time) duple, usually accompanied by the direction alla breve
- twice over; twofold
- two together; two at a time (esp in the phrase see double)
- twice the number, amount, size, etc
- a double measure of spirits, such as whisky or brandy
- a duplicate or counterpart, esp a person who closely resembles another; understudy
- a wraith or ghostly apparition that is the exact counterpart of a living person; doppelgänger
- a sharp turn, esp a return on one's own tracks
- a call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract
- 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 horse in the first race are placed on the horse in the later race
- the narrow outermost ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
- at the double, on the double ⇒ at twice normal marching speed
- quickly or immediately
See also double back
- to make or become twice as much
- to bend or fold (material, a bandage, etc)
- (transitive) sometimes followed by up: to clench (a fist)
- (tr; often followed by together or up) to join or couple: he doubled up the team
- (transitive) to repeat exactly; copy
- (intransitive) to play two parts or serve two roles
- to sail around (a headland or other point)
- to duplicate (a voice or instrumental part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it
- (intransitive) usually followed by on: to be capable of performing (upon an instrument additional to one's normal one): the third trumpeter doubles on cornet
- to make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract
- to cause (a ball) to rebound or (of a ball) to rebound from a cushion across or up or down the table
- (intransitive) followed by for: to act as substitute (for an actor or actress)
- (intransitive) to go or march at twice the normal speed
, double upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin duplus twofold, from duo two + -plus -foldˈdoubler n
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