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Meaning of 'double' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Double [ a.]
- Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.
- Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled.
- Divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere.
- 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.
- 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.
- To make of two thicknesses or folds by turning or bending together in the middle; to fold one part upon another part of; as, to double the leaf of a book, and the like; to clinch, as the fist; -- often followed by up; as, to double up a sheet of paper or cloth.
- To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
- To pass around or by; to march or sail round, so as to reverse the direction of motion.
- To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
2 . Double [ adv.]
- Twice; doubly.
3 . Double [ n.]
- Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like.
- Among compositors, a doublet (see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.
- That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold.
- A turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice.
- Something precisely equal or counterpart to another; a counterpart. Hence, a wraith.
- A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute.
- Double beer; strong beer.
- 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.
- A game between two pairs of players; as, a first prize for doubles.
- An old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites.
4 . Double [ v. i.]
- To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much.
- To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.
- To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false.
- To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.

Meaning of 'double' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . double [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a quantity that is twice as great as another
Example in sentence:
  • 36 is the double of 18
Meaning (2):
- someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)
Example in sentence:
  • he could be Gingrich's double;
  • she's the very image of her mother
Meaning (3):
- a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
Example in sentence:
  • he hit a double to deep centerfield
Meaning (4):
- a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
Example in sentence:
  • his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable
Meaning (5):
- raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
Example in sentence:
  • I decided his double was a bluff
6 . double [ v]
Meaning (6):
- make or do or perform again
Example in sentence:
  • He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick
Meaning (7):
- bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
Example in sentence:
  • He doubled and vomited violently
Meaning (8):
- do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions
Example in sentence:
  • She doubles as his wife and secretary
Meaning (9):
- increase twofold
Example in sentence:
  • The population doubled within 50 years
10 . double [ a]
Meaning (10):
- used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements
Example in sentence:
  • double chrysanthemums have many rows of petals and are usually spherical or hemispherical
11 . double [ r]
Meaning (11):
- downward and forward
Example in sentence:
  • he was bent double with pain
Meaning (12):
- to double the degree
Example in sentence:
  • his eyes were double bright;
  • she was doubly rewarded
Meaning (13):
- two together
Example in sentence:
  • some people sleep better double
14 . double [ s]
Meaning (14):
- consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs
Example in sentence:
  • a double (binary) star;
  • an egg with a double yolk;
  • double doors;
  • dual controls for pilot and copilot;
  • duple (or double) time consists of two (or a multiple of two) beats to a measure
Meaning (15):
- having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities
Example in sentence:
  • a double (or dual) role for an actor;
  • every episode has its double and treble meaning;
  • the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence
Meaning (16):
- large enough for two
Example in sentence:
  • a double bed;
  • a double room
Meaning (17):
- having two meanings with intent to deceive
Example in sentence:
  • a sly double meaning;
  • spoke with forked tongue
Meaning (18):
- twice as great or many
Example in sentence:
  • a twofold increase;
  • ate a double portion;
  • the dose is doubled