double

Something is double if it has two parts or if there are two versions of it. If you order a double dip ice cream cone, there will be two scoops of ice cream for you to lick.

If you fall while you're roller skating and end up with a double arm fracture, it means you broke your arm in two places. A joke with a double meaning has two of them, and if you double your tips at the coffee shop by smiling more at customers, you're making twice as much money. In addition to the adjective and verb versions of double, there's the noun: your double is someone who looks exactly like you.

Primary Meanings of double

1.
adjadvnv
consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs
two together
a quantity that is twice as great as another
increase twofold
2.
n
a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
3.
vadv
bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
downward and forward
4.
v
bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
5.
adj
used of flowers having more than the usual number of petals in crowded or overlapping arrangements
Full Definitions of double
1

adj consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs

“an egg with a double yolk”
“a double (binary) star”
double doors”
“duple (or double) time consists of two (or a multiple of two) beats to a measure”
Synonyms:
dual, duple
multiple
having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

adj having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities

“a double (or dual) role for an actor”
“"every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison”
Synonyms:
dual, three-fold, threefold, treble, two-fold, twofold
multiple
having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

adj having two meanings with intent to deceive

“a sly double meaning”
Synonyms:
forked
ambiguous, equivocal
open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead

adj twice as great or many

“ate a double portion”
“the dose is doubled
Synonyms:
doubled, two-fold, twofold
multiple
having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual

adj large enough for two

“a double bed”
“a double room”
Synonyms:
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

adj used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis

Synonyms:
bivalent
Antonyms:
univalent
used of a chromosome that is not paired or united with its homologous chromosome during synapsis
multivalent
used of the association of three or more homologous chromosomes during the first division of meiosis
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adv two together

“some people sleep better double

adv to double the degree

“his eyes were double bright”
Synonyms:
doubly, twice

n a quantity that is twice as great as another

“36 is the double of 18”
Type of:
multiple
the product of a quantity by an integer

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

“I decided his double was a bluff”
Synonyms:
doubling
Type of:
raise
increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)

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

“he hit a double to deep centerfield”
Synonyms:
two-bagger, two-base hit, two-baser
Types:
line double, line-drive double
a double resulting from a line drive
Type of:
base hit, safety
(baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

v increase twofold

“The population doubled within 50 years”
Synonyms:
duplicate
Types:
redouble
double again
geminate
arrange or combine in pairs
Type of:
manifold, multiply
combine or increase by multiplication

v do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions

“She doubles as his wife and secretary”
Type of:
function, go, operate, run, work
perform as expected when applied

v hit a two-base hit

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v make or do or perform again

Synonyms:
duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate
Types:
copy, replicate
reproduce or make an exact copy of
recapitulate
repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life
geminate, reduplicate
form by reduplication
Type of:
reproduce
make a copy or equivalent of
2

n a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

“his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable”
Synonyms:
stunt man, stunt woman
Type of:
backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, reliever, stand-in, substitute
someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

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

“he could be Gingrich's double
Synonyms:
image, look-alike
Types:
clone, dead ringer, ringer
a person who is almost identical to another
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
3

v bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain

“He doubled and vomited violently”
Synonyms:
double over, double up
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve

adv downward and forward

“he was bent double with pain”
4

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

Type of:
bid, call
make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
5

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”
Antonyms:
single
used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals

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