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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

I knew with Snape I was working as a double agent, as it turns out, and a very good one at that.
Alan Rickman

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

Everything has a sort of double meaning for me, there's the ordinary everyday meaning of things, and the imaginary meaning about it all, and I wanted to bring these things together, and in this first big Resurrection of mine you have a good example of this sort of thing.
Stanley Spencer

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
Winston Churchill
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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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