What does double mean?

Definitions for double
ˈdʌb əldou·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. double, two-base hit, two-bagger, two-baser(noun)

    a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base

    "he hit a double to deep centerfield"

  2. double, stunt man, stunt woman(noun)

    a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

    "his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable"

  3. double, image, look-alike(noun)

    someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)

    "he could be Gingrich's double"; "she's the very image of her mother"

  4. double(noun)

    a quantity that is twice as great as another

    "36 is the double of 18"

  5. doubling, double(adj)

    raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2

    "I decided his double was a bluff"

  6. double, dual, twofold, two-fold, treble, threefold, three-fold(adj)

    having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities

    "a double (or dual) role for an actor"; "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson; "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison

  7. double, dual, duple(adj)

    consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs

    "an egg with a double yolk"; "a double (binary) star"; "double doors"; "dual controls for pilot and copilot"; "duple (or double) time consists of two (or a multiple of two) beats to a measure"

  8. double, doubled, twofold, two-fold(adj)

    twice as great or many

    "ate a double portion"; "the dose is doubled"; "a twofold increase"

  9. double(adj)

    used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements

    "double chrysanthemums have many rows of petals and are usually spherical or hemispherical"

  10. bivalent, double(adj)

    used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis

  11. double(adj)

    large enough for two

    "a double bed"; "a double room"

  12. double, forked(verb)

    having two meanings with intent to deceive

    "a sly double meaning"; "spoke with forked tongue"

  13. double, duplicate(verb)

    increase twofold

    "The population doubled within 50 years"

  14. double(verb)

    hit a two-base hit

  15. double over, double, double up(verb)

    bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain

    "He doubled and vomited violently"

  16. double(verb)

    do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions

    "She doubles as his wife and secretary"

  17. double(verb)

    bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)

  18. duplicate, reduplicate, double, repeat, replicate(adverb)

    make or do or perform again

    "He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick"

  19. double(adverb)

    downward and forward

    "he was bent double with pain"

  20. double(adverb)

    two together

    "some people sleep better double"

  21. doubly, double, twice(adverb)

    to double the degree

    "she was doubly rewarded"; "his eyes were double bright"


  1. Double(n.)

    A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute; -- used especially of a person who resembles an actor and takes the actor's place in scenes requiring special skills; as, a stunt double.


  1. double(Noun)

    Twice the number, amount, size, etc.

  2. double(Noun)

    A person who resembles and stands in for another person, often for safety purposes

    Saddam Hussein was rumored to have many doubles.

  3. double(Noun)

    A drink with two portions of alcohol

    On second thought, make that a double.

  4. double(Noun)

    A two-base hit

    The catcher hit a double to lead off the ninth.

  5. double(Noun)

    A ghostly apparition of a living person; doppelgänger.

  6. double(Noun)

    A sharp turn, especially a return on one's own tracks.

  7. double(Noun)

    A call that increases certain scoring points if the last preceding bid becomes the contract.

  8. double(Noun)

    A strike in which the object ball is struck so as to make it rebound against the cushion to an opposite pocket.

  9. double(Noun)

    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.

  10. double(Verb)

    To multiply by two

    The company doubled their earnings per share over last quarter.

  11. double(Verb)

    To fold over so as to make two folds

    To make a pleat, double the material at the waist.

  12. double(Verb)

    To get a two-base hit

    The batter doubled into the corner.

  13. double(Verb)

    (sometimes followed by up) To clench (a fist).

  14. double(Verb)

    (often followed by together or up) To join or couple.

  15. double(Verb)

    To repeat exactly; copy.

  16. double(Verb)

    To play two parts or serve two roles.

  17. double(Verb)

    To turn sharply; following a winding course.

  18. double(Verb)

    To sail around (a headland or other point).

  19. double(Noun)

    The narrow outermost ring on a dartboard.

  20. double(Noun)

    A hit on this ring.

  21. double(Noun)

    A tile that has the same value (i.e., the same number of pips) in both sides.

  22. double(Noun)

    Short form of double-precision floating-point number.

    The sin() function returns a double.

  23. double(Noun)

    Two competitions, usually one league and one cup, won by the same team in a single season.

  24. double(Noun)

    The feat of scoring twice in one game.

  25. double(Noun)

    A former French coin worth one-sixth of a sou.

  26. double(Noun)

    A copper coin worth one-eighth of a penny.

  27. double(Verb)

    To duplicate (a part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it.

  28. double(Verb)

    To be capable of performing (upon an additional instrument).

  29. double(Verb)

    To make a call that will double certain scoring points if the preceding bid becomes the contract.

  30. double(Verb)

    To cause (a ball) to rebound from a cushion before entering the pocket.

  31. double(Verb)

    (foll. by for) To act as substitute.

  32. double(Verb)

    To go or march at twice the normal speed.

  33. double(Verb)

    To increase by 100%, to become twice as large in size.

    Our earnings have doubled in the last year.

  34. double(Verb)

    To multiply the strength or effect of by two.

    Sorry, this store does not double coupons.

  35. double(Adverb)

    Twice over; twofold.

  36. double(Adverb)

    Two together; two at a time. (especially in see double)

  37. double(Adjective)

    Made up of two matching or complementary elements

    The closet has double doors.

  38. double(Adjective)

    Twice the quantity

    Give me a double serving of mashed potatoes.

  39. double(Adjective)

    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.

  40. double(Adjective)

    Designed for two users.

    a double room

  41. double(Adjective)

    Folded in two; composed of two layers.

  42. double(Adjective)

    Stooping; bent over.

  43. double(Adjective)

    Having two aspects; ambiguous.

    a double meaning

  44. double(Adjective)

    False, deceitful, or hypocritical.

    a double life

  45. double(Adjective)

    Of flowers, having more than the normal number of petals.

  46. double(Adjective)

    Of an instrument, sounding an octave lower.

    a double bass

  47. double(Adjective)

    Of time, twice as fast.

  48. doublé(Noun)

    A compound attack that deceives the opponent's attempted circular parry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Double(adj)

    twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc

  2. Double(adj)

    being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled

  3. Double(adj)

    divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere

  4. Double(adj)

    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

  5. Double(adverb)

    twice; doubly

  6. Double(adj)

    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

  7. Double(adj)

    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

  8. Double(adj)

    to be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as

  9. Double(adj)

    to pass around or by; to march or sail round, so as to reverse the direction of motion

  10. Double(adj)

    to unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two

  11. Double(verb)

    to be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much

  12. Double(verb)

    to return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction

  13. Double(verb)

    to play tricks; to use sleights; to play false

  14. Double(verb)

    to set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet

  15. Double(noun)

    twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like

  16. Double(noun)

    among compositors, a doublet (see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred

  17. Double(noun)

    that which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold

  18. Double(noun)

    a turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice

  19. Double(noun)

    something precisely equal or counterpart to another; a counterpart. Hence, a wraith

  20. Double(noun)

    a player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute

  21. Double(noun)

    double beer; strong beer

  22. Double(noun)

    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

  23. Double(noun)

    a game between two pairs of players; as, a first prize for doubles

  24. Double(noun)

    an old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites

  25. Origin: [OE. doblen, dublen, doublen, F. doubler, fr. L. duplare, fr. duplus. See Double, a.]


  1. Double

    In baseball, a double is the act of a batter striking the pitched ball and safely reaching second base without being called out by the umpire, without the benefit of a fielder's misplay or another runner being put out on a fielder's choice.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Double

    dub′l, adj. twofold: twice as much: of extra weight, size, or quality: two of a sort together: in pairs: acting two parts, insincere.—adv. Doub′ly. [O. Fr. doble—L. duplusduo, two, and plus, akin to plenus, full.]

  2. Double

    dub′l, v.t. to multiply by two, to be the double of: to fold: to repeat: to clench: to pass round or by.—v.i. to increase to twice the quantity: to turn sharply back on one's course in running.—n. twice as much: a duplicate: an actor's substitute: a quick pace (short for double-quick): one's wraith or apparition: one's exact counterpart: a trick: (eccles.) a feast on which the antiphon is said both before and after the psalms.—adjs. Doub′le-act′ing, applying power in two directions: producing a double result; Dou′ble-banked, having two men at each oar, or having two tiers of oars one above the other, as in ancient galleys; Doub′le-barr′elled, having two barrels.—n. Doub′le-bass, the lowest-toned instrument of violin form.—adjs. Doub′le-bit′ing, cutting on either side; Doub′le-breast′ed, of a coat having two breasts, one to be folded over the other.—ns. Doub′le-charge, to charge with a double measure; Doub′le-deal′er, a deceitful person; Doub′le-deal′ing, duplicity.—adj. Doub′le-decked, having two decks above water-line.—n. Doub′le-deck′er, a double-decked frigate.—adj. Doub′le-dyed, twice dyed: deeply imbued (as a double-dyed villain).—n. Doub′le-ea′gle (U.S.), a gold coin worth $20, or £4, 2s. 2d.: the heraldic representation of an eagle with two heads, as in the arms of Russia and Austria.—adj. Doub′le-edged, having two edges: cutting or working both ways.—ns. Doub′le-end′er, anything having two ends alike: a cross-cut sawing machine, with two adjustable circular saws, for sawing both ends of timber; Doub′le-en′try (book-k.), a method by which two entries are made of each transaction.—adjs. Doub′le-eyed, having a deceitful countenance; Doub′le-faced, hypocritical, false.—ns. Doub′le-fā′cedness; Doub′le-first, at Oxford, a degree with first-class honours in mathematics and classics: one who takes such a degree.—adj. Doub′le-flow′ered, having double flowers, as a plant.—v.t. Doub′le-gild, to gild with double coatings of gold: to gloze over.—n. Doub′le-Glos′ter, Gloucestershire cheese of extra richness.—adjs. Doub′le-hand′ed, having two hands, two-handled; Doub′le-head′ed, having two heads; Doub′le-heart′ed, treacherous; Doub′le-hung, suspended, as a window-sash, so as to move either upward or downward; Doub′le-locked, locked with two locks or bolts: locked by two turns of the key, as in very few locks but many novels; Doub′le-manned, furnished with twice the complement of men; Doub′le-mean′ing, deceitful; Doub′le-mind′ed, undet

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. double

    To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one. To double upon, to inclose between two fires.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'double' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2026

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'double' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1038

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'double' in Nouns Frequency: #2490

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'double' in Verbs Frequency: #635

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'double' in Adjectives Frequency: #238

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of double in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of double in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of double in a Sentence

  1. Frank McNulty:

    It is a double-edge decision.

  2. Mark Bishop:

    You can't have double-dipping.

  3. Matt Brooks:

    There’s clearly a double standard.

  4. David Hayes:

    It's a hypocritical double standard.

  5. Jensen Huang:

    We want to double down on data centres.

Images & Illustrations of double

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  • مزدوجArabic
  • двойно, двойник, дублирам, сгъвам на две, удвоявам, свивам, контрирам, копирам, сгънат на две, удвоен, кичест, двоен, двуличен, двойнственBulgarian
  • doblar, dobleCatalan, Valencian
  • dvojník, zdvojnásobit, dvojitý, dvojnásobekCzech
  • dwbwl, dwblWelsh
  • dobbeltDanish
  • doubeln, Doppelte, kontrieren, verdoppeln, doppeln, Doppelter, ballen, Double, Doppelgänger, kontra-, doppelt, gefüllt, zweilagig, doppellagig, doppel-German
  • διπλασιάζω, διπλός, διπλάσιοςGreek
  • duobliĝi, duopa, duoblaEsperanto
  • hacer de doble de, doblar, apretar, duplicar la velocidad, torcer, circunnavegar, doble, sosias, emparejar, duplicar, ser doble de, hacer las veces de, doblado, encorvado, bicapaSpanish
  • kerrata, kaksinkertainen määrä, toistaa, kaksinkertaistaa, olla, laskostaa, kaksoisrooli, puristaa, tehdä, liittää, tuplata, äkkikäännös, korvata, kaksoisolento, kiertää, tupla, kaksois-, kerrottu, kaksinkertainen, tupla-Finnish
  • double, doublerFrench
  • dúbail, dúbailt, dúbailteIrish
  • dùbailteScottish Gaelic
  • dobreGalician
  • dooblitManx
  • כפיל, כפילה, הכפיל, כפולHebrew
  • kettősHungarian
  • կրկնապատկելArmenian
  • dupleInterlingua
  • dua kali lipatIndonesian
  • duoplaIdo
  • doppiare, sosia, doppio, doppione, doppiaItalian
  • לְהַכפִּילHebrew
  • ダブルJapanese
  • 더블Korean
  • duplex, binus, geminusLatin
  • dubbelgangster, dubbelganger, dubbeleDutch
  • dobbeltNorwegian
  • sobowtór, podwójny, podwójna, podwójne, podwójniePolish
  • sósia, dobrar, dobro, duplicar, duploPortuguese
  • dubel, dobelRomansh
  • dubla, îndoi, dublu, dublatRomanian
  • удваивать, удвоить, двойник, двойнойRussian
  • dupioSardinian
  • dvojnik, dvojnicaSerbo-Croatian
  • dubbla, dubbel, ersätta, dubbelvika, duplicera, dubbelgångare, runda, fördubbla, dubblera, tvetydig, tvåfaldig, dubbelviktSwedish
  • రెట్టింపుTelugu
  • çiftTurkish

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