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Definition of Double


  1. Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.
  2. Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled.
  3. Divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere.
  4. 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. Twice; doubly.
  6. 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. 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. To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as.
  9. To pass around or by; to march or sail round, so as to reverse the direction of motion.
  10. To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
  11. To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much.
  12. To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.
  13. To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false.
  14. To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.
  15. Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like.
  16. Among compositors, a doublet (see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.
  17. That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold.
  18. A turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice.
  19. Something precisely equal or counterpart to another; a counterpart. Hence, a wraith.
  20. A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute.
  21. Double beer; strong beer.
  22. 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. A game between two pairs of players; as, a first prize for doubles.
  24. An old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites.
  25. A person or thing that is the counterpart of another; a duplicate; copy; (Obs.) transcript; -- now chiefly used of persons. Hence, a wraith.

Double Quotations

The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.
Kin Hubbard

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. - Thomas J. Watson
If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
Thomas J. Watson

My father worked in the Post Office. A lot of double shifts. All his friends were in the same situation - truck drivers, taxi cab drivers, grocery clerks. Blue collar guys punching the clock and working long, hard hours. The thought that sustained them was the one at the center of the American dream.
Gary David Goldberg

I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.
Muhammad Ali

After watching my first World Series in 1977, I wanted to be Reggie Jackson. I bought a big Reggie poster. I ate Reggie candy bars. I entered a phase during which I insisted on having the same style of glasses Reggie had: gold wire frames with the double bar across.
Eric Liu
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Double Translations

double in Danish is dobbelt
double in Dutch is dubbel, tweevoudig, tweeledig, duplex
double in German is doppelt
double in Italian is doppio, sosia, duplicare
double in Portuguese is dobro
double in Spanish is reduplicar, doblado, doble
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