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 be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
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 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.
Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.
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.
A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute.
A turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice.
Among compositors, a doublet (see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.
An old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites.
Double beer; strong beer.
Something precisely equal or counterpart to another; a counterpart. Hence, a wraith.
That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold.
Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like.
To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much.
To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false.
To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.
To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
\dou"ble\ (?), n. a person or thing that is the counterpart of another; a duplicate; copy; (obs.) transcript; -- now chiefly used of persons. hence, a wraith. my charming friend has, i am almost sure, a double, who preaches his afternoon sermons for him. e. hale.
\dou"ble\ (?), a. [oe. doble, duble, double, of. doble, duble, double, f. double, fr. l. duplus, fr. the root of duo two, and perh. that of plenus full; akin to gr. &?; double. see two, and full, and cf. diploma, duple.]
1. twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc. let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. -- 2 kings ii. 9. darkness and tempest make a double night.
2. being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled. [let] the swan, on still st. mary's lake, float double, swan and shadow.
3. divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere. with a double heart do they speak. -- ps. xii. 2.
4. (bot.) 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.
note: double is often used as the first part of a compound word, generally denoting two ways, or twice the number, quantity, force, etc., twofold, or having two.
bass (mus.), the largest and lowest-toned instrument in the violin form; the contrabasso or violone.
convex. see under convex.
counterpoint (mus.), that species of counterpoint or composition, in which two of the parts may be inverted, by setting one of them an octave higher or lower.
court (lawn tennis), a court laid out for four players, two on each side.
dagger (print.), a reference mark (‡) next to the dagger (†) in order; a diesis.
drum (mus.), a large drum that is beaten at both ends.
eagle, a gold coin of the united states having the value of 20 dollars.
entry. see under bookkeeping.
floor (arch.), a floor in which binding joists support flooring joists above and ceiling joists below. see illust. of double-framed floor.
flower. see double, a., 4.
double refraction micrometer
bookkeeping by double entry
to double upon
to work double tides
to double-bank an oar
double image micrometer
double elephant paper
cross double fitcheacute