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English adjective: double

1. double having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities

SamplesA double (or dual) role for an actor.
The office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence.
Every episode has its double and treble meaning.

Synonymsdual, three-fold, threefold, treble, two-fold, twofold



2. double consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs

SamplesAn 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.

Synonymsdual, duple



3. double twice as great or many

SamplesAte a double portion.
The dose is doubled.
A twofold increase.

Synonymsdoubled, two-fold, twofold



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

SamplesDouble chrysanthemums have many rows of petals and are usually spherical or hemispherical.

Domain categorybotany, phytology


5. double used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis


Attributevalence, valency

Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

Antonymsmultivalent, univalent

6. double large enough for two

SamplesA double bed.
A double room.

Similarbig, large

Antonymslittle, small

7. double having two meanings with intent to deceive

SamplesA sly double meaning.
Spoke with forked tongue.


Similarambiguous, equivocal

Antonymsunequivocal, univocal, unambiguous

English noun: double

1. double (act) a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base

SamplesHe hit a double to deep centerfield.

Synonymstwo-bagger, two-base hit, two-baser

Broader (hypernym)base hit, safety

Narrower (hyponym)line double, line-drive double

2. double (person) a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts

SamplesHis first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable.

Synonymsstunt man, stunt woman

Broader (hypernym)backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, reliever, stand-in, substitute

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

SamplesHe could be Gingrich's double.
She's the very image of her mother.

Synonymsimage, look-alike

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)clone, dead ringer, ringer

4. double (cognition) a quantity that is twice as great as another

Samples36 is the double of 18.

Broader (hypernym)multiple

5. double (act) raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2

SamplesI decided his double was a bluff.


Broader (hypernym)raise

Part meronymcard game, cards

English adverb: double

1. double downward and forward

SamplesHe was bent double with pain.

2. double two together

SamplesSome people sleep better double.

3. double to double the degree

SamplesShe was doubly rewarded.
His eyes were double bright.

Synonymsdoubly, twice

English verb: double

1. double (change) increase twofold

SamplesThe population doubled within 50 years.

ExamplesThey double their earnings this year, Their earnings double this year


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)manifold, multiply

Narrower (hyponym)geminate, redouble

2. double (contact) hit a two-base hit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)hit

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

3. double (motion) bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain

SamplesHe doubled and vomited violently.

Synonymsdouble over, double up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

4. double (contact) do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions

SamplesShe doubles as his wife and secretary.

Pattern of useIt is ----ing

Broader (hypernym)function, go, operate, run, work

5. double (possession) bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bid, call

6. double (creation) make or do or perform again

SamplesHe could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick.

Synonymsduplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reproduce

Narrower (hyponym)copy, geminate, recapitulate, reduplicate, replicate

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