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dou·ble  (dbl)
adj.
1. Twice as much in size, strength, number, or amount: a double dose.
2. Composed of two like parts: double doors.
3. Composed of two unlike parts; dual: a double meaning; a double role for an actor.
4. Accommodating or designed for two: a double bed; a double room.
5. Characterized by duplicity; deceitful: speak with a double tongue.
6. Botany Having many more than the usual number of petals, usually in a crowded or an overlapping arrangement: a double chrysanthemum.
n.
1. Something increased twofold.
2. One that closely resembles another; a duplicate.
3.
a. An actors understudy.
b. An actor who takes the place of another actor in scenes requiring special skills or preparations: a stunt double; a body double.
4. An apparition; a wraith.
5.
a. A sharp turn in a direction of movement; a reversal.
b. A sharp, often devious change in position or argument; a shift.
6. doubles Sports A form of a game, such as tennis or handball, having two players on each side.
7. Baseball See two-base hit.
8. Games
a. A bid in bridge indicating strength to ones partner; a request for a bid.
b. A bid doubling ones opponents bid in bridge, thus increasing the penalty for failure to fulfill the contract.
c. A hand justifying such a bid.
v. dou·bled, dou·bling, dou·bles
v.tr.
1. To make twice as great.
2. To be twice as much as: doubled the score of his opponent.
3. To fold in two.
4. To clench (ones fist).
5. To duplicate; repeat.
6. To turn (an enemy spy) into a double agent.
7. 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.
8. Baseball To put out (a runner) as the second part of a double play.
9. Games To challenge (an opponents bid) with a double in bridge.
10. Music To duplicate (another part or voice) an octave higher or lower or in unison.
11. Nautical To sail around: double a cape.
v.intr.
1. To be increased twofold: The debt soon doubled.
2. To turn sharply or all the way around; reverse ones course: had to double back to touch the missed base.
3. To serve in an additional capacity: a frying pan that doubles as a pie tin; a conductor who doubles as a pianist.
4. To replace an actor in the actors absence or in a certain scene.
5. Baseball To hit a two-base hit.
6. Games To announce a double in bridge.
adv.
1. To twice the amount or extent; doubly: paid double for the customized car.
2. Two together; in pairs: sleeping double.
3. In two: bent double.
Phrasal Verb:
double up
1. To bend suddenly, as in pain or laughter.
2. To share accommodations meant for one person.
Idiom:
on/at the double
1. Immediately.
2. In double time.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin duplus; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

double·ness n.


double  /dbl/  v. -bled, -bling, -bles 1 [I;T] to make or become two times as much: She doubled her investment in a year.||In summer the demand for electricity doubles because of air conditioners. 2 phrasal v. insep. [T] to double as: to serve in two ways: She doubles as the companys lawyer and tax advisor. 3 phrasal v. [I] to double back: to turn back in the direction one came from: The escaped prisoner led police toward the airport, but then doubled back into the city. 4 phrasal v. insep. [T] to double for: to look like s.o. else and take their place: A stand-in is s.o. who looks like an actor in a movie and doubles for him or her at times during the filming. 5 phrasal v. [I] to double over (in laughter or pain): to bend over helplessly: He doubled over with laughter at the joke. 6 phrasal v. [I] to double up: a. to share a room with s.o.: When he went to New York on business, he doubled up at the hotel with another salesman from the company. b. See: double over. 7 to see double: to see two things where there is only one, to have double vision: She was hit on the head and saw double for a few moments.

Thesaurus: double v. 1 to increase twice as much, duplicate. Ant. to halve.
n. 1 s.o. who looks like s.o. else: Without his glasses, hes a double for the President, dont you think? 2 a hotel room for two people: We reserved a double at the hotel. 3 in baseball, a two-base hit 4 doubles: a game (such as tennis) with two teams of two players each 5 on the double: very quickly: The sergeant ordered the soldiers to hurry out on the double.
adj. 1 two times as much: Id like a double order of mashed potatoes. 2 made for two people: a double bed, a double room 3 having two parts: a double door, a double-barreled shotgun, a word with a double meaning double

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