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Definition of double:

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


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