Definitions of double

  1. ( genetics) used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis
  2. bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain; " He doubled and vomited violently"
  3. a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base; " he hit a double to deep centerfield"
  4. a quantity that is twice as great as another; " 36 is the double of 18"
  5. someone who closely resembles a famous person ( especially an actor); " he could be Gingrich's double"; " she's the very image of her mother"
  6. to double the degree; " she was doubly rewarded"; " his eyes were double bright"
  7. two together; " some people sleep better double"
  8. downward and forward; " he was bent double with pain"
  9. having two meanings with intent to deceive; " a sly double meaning"; " spoke with forked tongue"
  10. consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs; " an egg with a double yolk"; " a double ( binary) star"; " double doors"; " dual controls for pilot and copilot"; " duple ( or double) time consists of two ( or a multiple of two) beats to a measure"
  11. twice as great or many; " ate a double portion"; " the dose is doubled"; " a twofold increase"
  12. having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; " a double ( or dual) role for an actor"; " the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R. W. Emerson; " every episode has its double and treble meaning"- Frederick Harrison
  13. increase twofold; " The population doubled within 50 years"
  14. make or do or perform again; " He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick"
  15. hit a two- base hit
  16. do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions; " She doubles as his wife and secretary"
  17. bridge: make a demand for ( a card or suit)
  18. large enough for two; " a double bed"; " a double room"
  19. used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements; " double chrysanthemums have many rows of petals and are usually spherical or hemispherical"
  20. Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.
  21. Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled.
  22. Divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere.
  23. Having the petals in a flower considerably increased beyond the natural number, usually as the result of cultivation and the expense of the stamens, or stamens and pistils. The white water lily and some other plants have their blossoms naturally double.
  24. Twice; doubly.
  25. To increase by adding an equal number, quantity, length, value, or the like; multiply by two; to double a sum of money; to double a number, or length.
  26. To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
  27. To pass around or by; to march or sail round, so as to reverse the direction of motion.
  28. To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
  29. To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much.
  30. To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.
  31. To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false.
  32. To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.
  33. Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like.
  34. Among compositors, a doublet ( see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.
  35. That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold.
  36. A turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice.
  37. Something precisely equal or counterpart to another; a counterpart. Hence, a wraith.
  38. A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute.
  39. Double beer; strong beer.
  40. A feast in which the antiphon is doubled, hat is, said twice, before and after the Psalms, instead of only half being said, as in simple feasts.
  41. A game between two pairs of players; as, a first prize for doubles.
  42. A person or thing that closely resembles another.
  43. beer; strong beer.
  44. A person or thing that is the counterpart of another; a duplicate; copy; ( Obs.) transcript; - now chiefly used of persons. Hence, a wraith.
  45. Twofold; being in pairs; being twice as much; deceitful; insincere; folded over.
  46. Twice the quantity; a duplicate; a turning back to escape pursuit.
  47. To make double; duplicate; repeat; fold; sail round or by.
  48. To become twice the quantity; return on one's track.
  49. Twice over.
  50. Doubly.
  51. A fold or plait.
  52. Twofold: twice as much: two of a sort together: in pairs: acting two parts, insincere.
  53. To multiply by two: to fold.
  54. To increase to twice the quantity: to wind in running.
  55. Twice as much: a duplicate: one's wraith or apparition: a trick.
  56. To multiply by two; fold; pass round, as a cape.
  57. Twofold; in pairs; in- sincere.
  58. To repeat.
  59. To make or be twice as many or twice as great.
  60. To pass, march, or sail round.
  61. To become twice as great or many.
  62. To turn and go back on the same track.
  63. Being in pairs; coupled.
  64. Twice as large, much, strong, heavy, or many.
  65. Twofold; hence, ambiguous or deceitful.
  66. Something that is twice as much.
  67. A backward turn, as of a hunted fox; a trick.
  68. Twofold; two of a sort together; in pairs; twice as much; acting two parts, one openly, the other in secret.
  69. Twice. To double upon, to enclose between two fires. To double and twist, to add one thread to another and twist them together. Double- octave, an interval composed of fifteen notes in diatonic progression, and which for that reason is called a fifteenth.
  70. Twice as much; double- quick; a turn in running to escape pursuers; an artifice to deceive; a duplicate; matter set up twice.
  71. To fold; to multiply by two; to contain twice as much or as many; to repeat; to add one to another in the same order; to sail round, as a cape, so that the cape shall be between a ship and her former situation; to unite two ranks or files in one.
  72. To increase by twice the number, amount, & c., as to enlarge a wager to twice the sum laid; to turn back or wind in running, as a hare; to play tricks; to use sleights; to set up the same matter twice.
  73. In composition, two ways, or twice the number or quantity.
  74. Twice as much; twofold; being in pairs; deceitful; acting two parts, that is, two lines of conduct, open and secret.
  75. To fold; to increase by adding an equal sum or quantity.
  76. Twice as much; a fold; the same quantity or length repeated; a turn in running; a trick.

Usage examples for double

  1. I have told you all these things very shortly, because they were so dream- like to Dickie, and not at all real like the double life he had been leading. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  2. He gave her an account of the double inquest, and the result. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. Others there are, no doubt, who were also possest of this double gift. – Inquiries and Opinions by Brander Matthews
  4. I seem to even think double. – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess
  5. He was not of double heart. – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  6. Activities double on themselves and tangle themselves up in other activities until each activity becomes a mystery to itself. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  7. They don't know I have a double and they can't possibly suspect. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  8. " Seems as though that double were all right," he said. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. The answer was, for a double reason. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  10. This double point of view brought the men very close together. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  11. " You might give her double that amount," said I, " for it is worth three thousand ducats." – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. Then we can have a double wedding. – Mr. Pim Passes By by Alan Alexander Milne
  13. There has been a double error." – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  14. I am not ashamed to say that I double- locked the hall door when I went in. – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  15. I didn't think about double crossin' you. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  16. He believed that he had once known a number of things that he no longer knew, and that he had not always been so weak in his double letters as he presently found himself. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  17. I'm gwine in dat town, an' ef any w'ite man 'sturbs me, dere'll be trouble,- dere'll be double trouble,- I feels it in my bones! – The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
  18. Cochet- Cochet, 1894. Double white. – Roses and Rose Growing by Rose Georgina Kingsley
  19. When Tom gets under way in earnest, his middle name, as you may have observed, is Double Speed-- and then a bit more. – The High School Boys' Fishing Trip by H. Irving Hancock