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double /ˈdʌbəl/ adj (usually prenominal)
  1. as much again in size, strength, number, etc: a double portion
  2. composed of two equal or similar parts; in a pair; twofold: a double egg cup
  3. designed for two users: a double room
  4. folded in two; composed of two layers: double paper
  5. stooping; bent over
  6. having two aspects or existing in two different ways; ambiguous: a double meaning
  7. false, deceitful, or hypocritical: a double life
  8. (of flowers) having more than the normal number of petals
  9. (of an instrument) sounding an octave lower than the pitch indicated by the notation: a double bass
  10. (of time) duple, usually accompanied by the direction alla breve
adv
  1. twice over; twofold
  2. two together; two at a time (esp in the phrase see double)
n
  1. twice the number, amount, size, etc
  2. a double measure of spirits, such as whisky or brandy
  3. a duplicate or counterpart, esp a person who closely resembles another; understudy
  4. a wraith or ghostly apparition that is the exact counterpart of a living person; doppelgänger
  5. a sharp turn, esp a return on one's own tracks
  6. a call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract
  7. a strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket
  8. 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
  9. the narrow outermost ring on a dartboard
  10. a hit on this ring
  11. at the double, on the doubleat twice normal marching speed
  12. quickly or immediately
vb
  1. to make or become twice as much
  2. to bend or fold (material, a bandage, etc)
  3. (transitive) sometimes followed by up: to clench (a fist)
  4. (tr; often followed by together or up) to join or couple: he doubled up the team
  5. (transitive) to repeat exactly; copy
  6. (intransitive) to play two parts or serve two roles
  7. to sail around (a headland or other point)
  8. to duplicate (a voice or instrumental part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it
  9. (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
  10. to make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract
  11. to cause (a ball) to rebound or (of a ball) to rebound from a cushion across or up or down the table
  12. (intransitive) followed by for: to act as substitute (for an actor or actress)
  13. (intransitive) to go or march at twice the normal speed

See also double back, doubles, double upEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin duplus twofold, from duo two + -plus -fold

ˈdoubler n



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