DOUBLE, a. Dubl. [L., Gr. See Two.]1. Two of a sort together; one corresponding to the other; being in pairs; as double chickens in the same egg; double leaves connected by one petiole.2. Twice as much; containing the same quantity or length repeated.Take double money in your hand. Genesis 53.Let a double portion of thy spirit be on me. 2 Kings 2.With to; as, the amount is double to what I expected.3. Having one added to another; as a double chin.4. Twofold; also, of two kinds.Darkness and tempest make a double night.5. Two in number; as double sight or sound. [See No. 1.]6. Deceitful; acting two parts, one openly, the other in secret.And with double heart do they speak. Psalm 12.
DOUBLE, adv. Dubl. Twice.I was double their age.
DOUBLE, in composition, denotes, two ways, or twice the number or quantity.
DOUB'LE, a. [dub'l; Fr. double; Arm. doubl; Sp. doble; Port. dobre; It. doppio; W. dyblyg; D. dubbel; G. doppelt; Dan. dobbelt; Sw. dubbel; L. duplus, duplex; Gr. διπλοος; compounded of duo, two, and plico, to fold, plexus, a fold. See Two.]
- Two of a sort together; one corresponding to the other; being in pairs; as, double chickens in the same egg; double leaves connected by one petiole.
- Twice as much; containing the same quantity or length repeated.
Take double money in your hand. – Gen. xliii.
Let a double portion of thy spirit be on me. 2 Kings ii.
With to; as, the amount is double to what I expected.
- Having one added to another; as, a double chin.
- Twofold; also, of two kinds.
Darkness and tempest make a double night. – Dryden.
- Two in number; as, double sight or sound. [See No. 1.] – Davies.
- Deceitful; acting two parts, one openly, the other in secret.
And with a double heart do they speak. – Ps. xii.
DOUB'LE, adv. [dub'l.]
I was double their age. – Swift.
In composition, denotes two ways, or twice the number or quantity.
- Twice as much; twice the number, sum, value, quantity, or length.
If the thief be found, let him pay double. – Ex. xxii.
- A turn in running to escape pursuers. – Blackmore.
- A trick; a shift; an artifice to deceive. – Addison.
- To increase to twice the sum, number, value, quantity, or length; to increase or grow to twice as much. A sum of money doubles by compound interest in a little more than eleven years. The inhabitants of the United States double in about twenty-five years.
- To enlarge a wager to twice the sum laid.
I am resolved to double till I win. – Dryden.
- To turn back or wind in running.
Doubling and turning like a hunted hare. – Dryden.
- To play tricks; to use sleights. – Johnson.
DOUB'LE, v.t. [dub'l; Fr. doubler; Arm. doubla; Sp. doblar; Port. dobrar; It. doppiare; D. dubbelen; G. doppeln; Dan. doblerer; Sw. dublera; Ir. dublaighim; W. dyblygu; L. duplico; Gr. διπλοω.]
- To fold; as, to double the leaf of a book; to double down a corner. – Prior.
- To increase or extend by adding an equal sum, value, quantity, or length; as, to double a sum of money; to double the amount; to double the quantity or size of a thing; to double the length; to double dishonor.
- To contain twice the sum, quantity, or length, or twice as much; as, the enemy doubles our army in numbers.
- To repeat; to add; as, to double blow on blow. – Dryden.
- To add one to another in the same order.
Thou shalt double the sixth curtain in the fore front of the tabernacle. – Ex. xxvi.
- In navigation, to double a cape or point, is to sail round it, so that the cape or point shall be between the ship and her former situation. – Mar. Dict.
- In military affairs, to unite two ranks or files in one.
To double and twist, is to add one thread to another and twist them together.
To double upon, in tactics, is to inclose between two fires.
- Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its
equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.
- To increase by adding an equal number,
quantity, length, value, or the like] multiply by two; as, to
double a sum of money; to double a number, or
- To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or
value; to increase or grow to twice as much.
- Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value,
and the like.
- A person or thing
that is the counterpart of another; a duplicate; copy; (Obs.)
transcript; -- now chiefly used of persons. Hence, a wraith.
- Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind,
or two in a set together; coupled.
- 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 return upon one's track; to turn and go
back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction.
- Among compositors, a doublet (see
Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled,
- Divided into two; acting two parts, one
openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful;
- To be the double of; to exceed by twofold;
to contain or be worth twice as much as.
- To play tricks; to use sleights; to play
- That which is doubled over or together; a
doubling; a plait; a fold.
- 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 pass around or by; to march or sail
round, so as to reverse the direction of motion.
- To set up a word or words
a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.
- A turn or circuit in running to escape
pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice.
- To unite, as ranks or files,
so as to form one from each two.
- Something precisely equal or counterpart
to another; a counterpart. Hence, a wraith.
- A player or singer who prepares to take
the part of another player in his absence; a substitute.
- Double beer; strong beer.
- 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.
- An old term for a
variation, as in Bach's Suites.