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Definition of double
1consisting of two equal, identical, or similar parts or things:the double doors having twice the usual size, quantity, or strength:she sipped a double brandy designed to be used by two people:a double bed having two different roles or interpretations, especially in order to deceive or confuse:the double life of a freelance secret agent 2having some essential part or feature twice, in particular. (of a flower variety) having more than one circle of petals:large double blooms (of a domino) having the same number of dots on each half. used to indicate that a letter or number occurs twice in succession:“otter” is spelled with a double t 3 Music lower in pitch by an octave.
twice as much or as many:the jail now houses almost double the number of prisoners it was designed for I’ll pay double what I paid last time
at or to twice the amount or extent:you have to be careful, and this counts double for older people as two instead of the more usual one:she thought she was seeing double
1a thing that is twice as large as usual or is made up of two standard units or things:join the two sleeping bags together to make a double a double measure of liquor. Baseball a hit that allows the batter to reach second base safely:Sabo came home on a double by O’Neill a type of bet in which two selections are made, with any winnings from the first being transferred to the second. Bridge a call that will increase the points won if the declarer is successful, or increase the penalty points won by the defenders if the declarer fails to make the contract. Darts a hit on the narrow ring enclosed by the two outer circles of a dartboard, scoring double. 2a person who looks exactly like another:you could pass yourself off as his double a person who stands in for an actor in a film. an apparition of a living person:she had seen her husband’s double 3
) (especially in tennis and badminton) a game or competition involving sides made up of two players:the semifinals of the doubles
a number or amount that is twice as large as a contrasting or usual number or amount:he paid double and had a room all to himself
1 [no object] become twice as much or as many:profits doubled in one year [with object] make twice as much or as many of (something):Clare doubled her income overnight [with object] archaic amount to twice as much as:thy fifty yet doth double five and twenty (of a member of the armed forces) move at twice the usual speed; run:I doubled across the deck to join the others Baseball (of a batter) get a two-base hit:Strawberry doubled with two outs Bridge make a call increasing the value of the penalty points to be scored on an opponent’s bid if it wins the auction and is not fulfilled. informal go out on a double date:they doubled with his sister and her oafish boyfriend 2 [with object] fold or bend (paper, cloth, or other material) over on itself:the muslin is doubled and then laid in a sieve over the bowl clench (a fist):he had one arm around her and the other fist doubled Nautical sail around (a headland):we struck out seaward to double the headland of the cape 3 [no object] (of a person or thing) be used in or play another, different role:a laser printer doubles as a photocopier [with object] (of an actor) play (two parts) in the same piece. Music play two or more musical instruments. [with object] Music add the same note in a higher or lower octave to (a note).
1bend over or curl up, typically because one is overcome with pain or mirth:Billy started to double up with laughter 2share a room:“Where’s Jimmy going to sleep?” “He can double up with Bert.” 3use the winnings from a bet as stake for another bet.