see also: Double
13th century. Borrowed from Old French doble, double, from Latin duplus. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdʌb.əl/, [ˈdʌb.ɫ]

double (not comparable)

  1. Made up of two matching or complementary elements.
    The closet has double doors.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0029 ↗:
      “ […] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  2. Of twice the quantity.
    Give me a double serving of mashed potatoes.
  3. Of a family relationship, related on both the maternal and paternal sides of a family.
    He's my double cousin as my mother's sister married my father's brother.
  4. Designed for two users.
    a double room
  5. Folded in two; composed of two layers.
  6. Stooping; bent over.
  7. Having two aspects; ambiguous.
    a double meaning
  8. False, deceitful, or hypocritical.
    a double life
  9. Of flowers, having more than the normal number of petals.
  10. (music) Of an instrument, sounding an octave lower.
    a double bass
  11. (music) Of time, twice as fast.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (made up of two matching or complementary elements) half
  • (of twice the quantity) half
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: doppel-
  • Russian: двойно́й
  • Spanish: doble
  • German: doppellagig, zweilagig
  • Spanish: doblado, bicapa
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: doppel-
  • Spanish: doble
Translations Translations Adverb

double (not comparable)

  1. Twice over; twofold.
    • I was double their age.
  2. Two together; two at a time. (especially in see double)
Synonyms Noun

double (plural doubles)

  1. Twice the number, amount, size, etc.
  2. A person who resembles and stands in for another person, often for safety purposes
    Saddam Hussein was rumored to have many doubles.
  3. A drink with two portions of alcohol.
    On second thought, make that a double.
  4. A ghostly apparition of a living person; doppelgänger.
  5. A sharp turn, especially a return on one's own tracks.
  6. A redundant item for which an identical item already exists.
    I have more than 200 stamps in my collection but they're not all unique: some are doubles.
    Before printing the photos, Liam deleted the doubles.
  7. (baseball) A two-base hit.
    The catcher hit a double to lead off the ninth.
  8. (bridge) A call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract.
  9. (billiards) A strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket.
  10. A bet on two horses in different races in which any winnings from the first race are placed on the horse in the later race.
  11. (darts) The narrow outermost ring on a dartboard.
  12. (darts) A hit on this ring.
  13. (dominoes) A tile that has the same value (i.e., the same number of pips) on both sides.
  14. (computing, programming) A double-precision floating-point number.
    The sine function returns a double.
  15. (soccer) Two competitions, usually one league and one cup, won by the same team in a single season.
  16. (rowing) A boat for two scullers.
  17. (sports) The feat of scoring twice in one game.
  18. (sports, chiefly, swimming and track) The feat of winning two events in a single meet or competition.
    In 1996, Michael Johnson achieved a double by winning both the 200 and 400 meter dashes.
  19. (historical) A former French coin worth one-sixth of a sou.
  20. (historical, Guernsey) A copper coin worth one-eighth of a penny.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, page 196:
      As for doubles, they are not worth anything now; and I have still got an egg-cupful my mother used to keep handy to give the baker change from a farthing.
  21. (music) Playing the same part on two instruments, alternately.
  22. (Christianity) A double feast.
  23. Synonym of double-quick#English|double-quick (“fast marching pace”)
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

double (doubles, present participle doubling; past and past participle doubled)

  1. (transitive) To multiply by two.
    The company doubled their earnings per share over last quarter.
  2. (transitive) To fold over so as to make two folds.
    To make a pleat, double the material at the waist.
  3. To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
    • Thus reinforced, against the adverse fleet, / Still doubling ours, brave Rupert leads the way.
  4. (intransitive) To increase by 100%, to become twice as large in size.
    Our earnings have doubled in the last year.
  5. (baseball) To get a two-base hit.
    The batter doubled into the corner.
  6. (transitive) (sometimes followed by up) To clench (a fist).
  7. (transitive) (often followed by together or up) To join or couple.
  8. (transitive) To repeat exactly; copy.
  9. (intransitive) (often followed by as) To play a second part or serve a second role.
    A spork is a kind of fork that doubles as a spoon.
  10. (intransitive) To turn sharply, following a winding course.
  11. (nautical) To sail around (a headland or other point).
    • Sailing along the coast, he doubled the promontory of Carthage.
  12. (music) To duplicate (a part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it.
  13. (music, intransitive, usually followed by "on") To be capable of performing (upon an additional instrument).
  14. (bridge) To make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract.
  15. (card games, intransitive) To double down.
  16. (billiards, snooker, pool) To cause (a ball) to rebound from a cushion before entering the pocket.
  17. (intransitive) (followed by for) To act as substitute.
  18. (intransitive) To go or march at twice the normal speed.
  19. (transitive) To multiply the strength or effect of by two.
    Sorry, this store does not double coupons.
  20. (military) To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
  21. (radio, informal, of a station) To transmit simultaneously on the same channel as another station, either unintentionally or deliberately, causing interference.
    Could you please repeat your last transmission? Another station was doubling with you.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Spanish: emparejar
Translations Translations
  • German: doubeln
  • Spanish: hacer las veces de
Translations Translations
  • Spanish: circunnavegar
  • German: kontrieren
  • Spanish: doblar
  • German: doubeln
  • Spanish: ser doble de, hacer de doble de
  • German: doppeln
  • Spanish: duplicar la velocidad
Translations Translations
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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