• the Birth of a King and his Double
    the Birth of a King and his Double
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj double having two meanings with intent to deceive "a sly double meaning","spoke with forked tongue"
    • adj double large enough for two "a double bed","a double room"
    • adj double used of homologous chromosomes associated in pairs in synapsis
    • adj double twice as great or many "ate a double portion","the dose is doubled","a twofold increase"
    • adj double consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs "an 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"
    • adj double having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson "a double (or dual) role for an actor","the office of a clergyman is twofold","every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison"
    • adj double 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"
    • adv double to double the degree "she was doubly rewarded","his eyes were double bright"
    • adv double two together "some people sleep better double"
    • adv double downward and forward "he was bent double with pain"
    • v double increase twofold "The population doubled within 50 years"
    • v double hit a two-base hit
    • v double do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions "She doubles as his wife and secretary"
    • v double make or do or perform again "He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick"
    • v double bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain "He doubled and vomited violently"
    • v double bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
    • n double a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base "he hit a double to deep centerfield"
    • n double raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2 "I decided his double was a bluff"
    • n double a quantity that is twice as great as another "36 is the double of 18"
    • n double someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor) "he could be Gingrich's double","she's the very image of her mother"
    • n double a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts "his first job in Hollywood was as a double for Clark Gable"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool
Double Circular-Saw and Carriage Double Circular-Saw and Carriage
Double-Carrying Telescopic Band-Mill Double-Carrying Telescopic Band-Mill
Double Gang Edger Double Gang Edger
41 Double mortise and tenon 41 Double mortise and tenon
60 Double tongue miter 60 Double tongue miter
Wall Brackets, Double-Hung: a. Single Support. b. Double Support Wall Brackets, Double-Hung: a. Single Support. b. Double Support
Double Duel——188 Double Duel——188

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and shell
    • Double (Eccl) 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.
    • Double (Lawn Tennis) A game between two pairs of players; as, a first prize for doubles .
    • Double A person or thing that is the counterpart of another; a duplicate; copy; Obs transcript; -- now chiefly used of persons. Hence, a wraith. "My charming friend . . . has, I am almost sure, a double , who preaches his afternoon sermons for him."
    • Double A player or singer who prepares to take the part of another player in his absence; a substitute; -- used especially of a person who resembles an actor and takes the actor's place in scenes requiring special skills; as, a stunt double .
    • Double A turn or circuit in running to escape pursues; hence, a trick; a shift; an artifice. "These men are too well acquainted with the chase to be flung off by any false steps or doubles ."
    • Double Among compositors, a doublet (see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.
    • Double (Mus) An old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites.
    • Double Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled. "Let] The swan, on still St. Mary's lake,
      Float double , swan and shadow."
    • Double Divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere. "With a double heart do they speak."
    • Double Double beer; strong beer.
    • Double (Bot) 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.
    • Double That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold. "Rolled up in sevenfold double Of plagues."
    • Double To be increased to twice the sum, number, quantity, length, or value; to increase or grow to twice as much. "'T is observed in particular nations, that within the space of three hundred years, notwithstanding all casualties, the number of men doubles ."
    • Double To be the double of; to exceed by twofold; to contain or be worth twice as much as. "Thus reënforced, against the adverse fleet,
      Still doubling ours, brave Rupert leads the way."
    • Double 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 length. "Double six thousand, and then treble that."
    • Double 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. "Then the old man
      Was wroth, and doubled up his hands."
    • Double To pass around or by; to march or sail round, so as to reverse the direction of motion. "Sailing along the coast, the doubled the promontory of Carthage."
    • Double To play tricks; to use sleights; to play false. "What penalty and danger you accrue,
      If you be found to double ."
    • Double To return upon one's track; to turn and go back over the same ground, or in an opposite direction. "Doubling and turning like a hunted hare.""Doubling and doubling with laborious walk."
    • Double (Print) To set up a word or words a second time by mistake; to make a doublet.
    • Double (Mil) To unite, as ranks or files, so as to form one from each two.
    • Double Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like. "If the thief be found, let him pay double ."
    • adv Double Twice; doubly. "I was double their age."
    • Double Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc. "Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.""Darkness and tempest make a double night."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size
    • double Consisting of two in a set together; being a pair; coupled; composed of two equivalent or corresponding parts; twofold: as, a double leaf; a double chin.
    • double Having a twofold character or relation;comprising two things or subjects, either like or unlike; combining two in one: as, a double office; to play a double part on the stage or in society.
    • double Twice as much or as large (according to some standard); multiplied by two; containing the same portion or measure, as to size, strength, etc., repeated: as, a vessel having double the capacity of another; a decoction of double strength; a double bed.
    • double Of extra weight, thickness, size, or strength:as, double ale; a double letter.
    • double Acting in a twofold manner; diverse in manifestation; characterized by duplicity; deceitful.
    • double In botany, having the number of petals largely increased by a transformation of the stamens or pistils: applied to flowers.
    • double In entomology, geminate; being in pairs.
    • double In musical instruments, producing a tone an octave lower: as, a double bassoon, a double open diapason stop, etc.
    • double Specifically, in a steam-engine, the production of both motions of the piston by the agency of live steam, applied to each face alternately, as distinguished from single action, in which the return motion of the piston is induced by atmospheric pressure or by the weight of the parts. See double-acting.
    • double A multiple algebra in which the number of independent units is two.
    • double A certain system of lines on a cubic surface.
    • n double A twofold quantity or size; a number, sum, value, or measure twice as great as the one taken as a standard.
    • n double A backward turn in running to escape pursuers.
    • n double Hence—3. A turn; a place where a doubling or turning is made, as by game in hunting.
    • n double A trick; a shift; an artifice to deceive.
    • n double Something precisely like another thing; a counterpart; a duplicate; an exact copy.
    • n double Hence— A person's apparition or spirit, appearing to himself or to another, as to admonish him of his approaching death; a wraith.
    • n double A fold or plait; a doubling.
    • n double Milit., a contraction of double-quick (which see).
    • n double In music: A variation.
    • n double A repetition of words in a song.
    • n double A turn.
    • n double In the opera, a singer fitted to supply the place of a principal in an emergency.
    • n double An instrument, or especially an organ-stop, sounding the octave below the usual pitch: as, to play an organ-piece with the doubles drawn (that is, with the 16-feet stops).
    • n double plural In change-ringing, changes on five bells: so called because two pairs of bells change places. Also called grandsire.
    • n double A size of Tavistock roofslates, 13 × 16 inches.
    • n double Eccles., a feast on which the antiphon is doubled; a double feast. See feast, and to double an antiphon, under double, transitive verb
    • n double In short whist, a game by which the winners score two points, their adversaries having scored only one or two to their five.
    • n double plural In lawn-tennis, games played by two on a side: opposed to singles, played by one on a side.
    • n double In printing, same as doublet.
    • n double plural Thick narrow ribbons for shoestrings and the like, usually made of silk or cotton.
    • double Twice; doubly.
    • double To make double; increase, enlarge, or extend by adding an equal portion, measure, or value to: as, to double a sum of money; to double the quantity or size of a thing; to double a task.
    • double To be the double of; contain twice the number, quantity, or measure of, or twice as much as: as, the enemy's force doubles our own.
    • double To bring or join together or side by side, as two parts of a thing, or two things of the same kind; lay or fold one part of upon another: as, to double a shawl or a curtain: often followed by an adverb of direction or manner: as, to double a blanket lengthwise or crosswise; to double up a file or files of soldiers, or teams of horses; to double over a leaf in a book; to double down the corner of a page.
    • double To clench, as the hand.
    • double To repeat; duplicate: as, to double a stroke.
    • double To pass round or by; march or sail round, so as to proceed along both sides of: as, to double Cape Horn.
    • double In music, to add the upper or lower octave to the tones of (the melody or harmony).
    • double To increase to twice the sum, number, value, or measure; grow twice as great.
    • double To turn in the opposite direction, or wind, in running.
    • double To put on more effort or speed.
    • double Milit., to march at the double-quick.
    • double To play tricks; practise deception.
    • double To elude (pursuers) by turning back in running.
    • n double In printing: Same as mackle.
    • n double In lawn-tennis, two successive faults in serving.
    • n double In base-ball, a play in which a fielder, either alone or with assistance, puts out two runners before the ball is returned to the pitcher for delivery.
    • n double In astronomy, two stars which seem one to the unaided eye, but which are seen separated through the telescope. Optical doubles, probably very rare, are composed of two stars nearly in line with the observer, one of them far beyond the other, each having its own proper motion. Physical doubles are actually near together, and revolve around their common center of gravity; also, and more usually, called binaries. A spectroscopic double or binary is one in which the stars are too close to be separated by the telescope, but of which the duplicity is shown by the periodic doubling or shifting of lines in the spectrum. Visual doubles are pairs of stars near each other, but not so near as to require a telescope to separate them; α Capricorni and θ Tauri are typical examples.
    • n double pl. Sheet-iron plates, from 0.020 to 0.035 of an inch thick, which are ready for tinning. The term is also applied to plates which have already received an extra thick coating of tin and which have, besides, been hammered to make the tin adhere more firmly to the iron.
    • double In the manufacture of spirituous liquors, to distil a second time (the low wines or weak spirit obtained in the first distillation), thus producing a liquid of in creased alcoholic strength.
    • double In ship-building, to cover (a surface, particularly part of a deck or of the exterior of a vessel), with two thicknesses of plating or planking.
    • double Milit., to move with the double-quick step.
    • double In printing: In type-setting, to repeat words or lines through negligence.
    • double In presswork, to make a second impression over the first.
    • double In billiards, to cause an object-ball, almost invariably the first, to go to and return from a cushion, either for pocketing or for caroming.
    • double In base-ball, to put out two men on one play. See double, n., 17.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Emus have double plumed feathers and they lay emerald/forest green eggs.
    • adj Double dub′l twofold: twice as much: of extra weight, size, or quality: two of a sort together: in pairs: acting two parts, insincere
    • v.t Double dub′l to multiply by two, to be the double of: to fold: to repeat: to clench: to pass round or by
    • v.i Double to increase to twice the quantity: to turn sharply back on one's course in running
    • n Double twice as much: a duplicate: an actor's substitute: a quick pace (short for double-quick): one's wraith or apparition: one's exact counterpart: a trick:
    • n Double the double-quick pace
    • adj Double shifting, manœuvring
    • n Double (eccles.) a feast on which the antiphon is said both before and after the psalms
    • ***


  • Katherine Mansfield
    “The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.”
  • Proverb
    “A reconciled friend is a double enemy.”
  • Ben Hecht
    Ben Hecht
    “Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.”


Double Dutch - (UK) If something is double Dutch, it is completely incomprehensible.
Double take - If someone does a double take, they react very slowly to something to show how shocked or surprised they are.
Double whammy - A double whammy is when something causes two problems at the same time, or when two setbacks occur at the same time.
Double-edged sword - If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a double-edged sword sword; it cuts both ways.
On the double - If someone tells you to do something on the double, they want you to do it immediately and quickly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. doble, duble, double, OF. doble, duble, double, F. double, fr. L. duplus, fr. the root of duo, two, and perh. that of plenus, full; akin to Gr. diplo`os double. See Two, and Full, and cf. Diploma Duple


In literature:

The outlines, meeting together, form a stem of double cord.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
There is a remarkable star in the constellation of the Lyre (Epsilon Lyrae), described as a double double.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
If executed in double time, the leading squad marches in double time until halted.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
As a matter of fact, man and society present themselves in a double aspect.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Larousse says the double judgment was wrongly attributed to Mme.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Mars, too, whose diameter is only about double that of the moon, has very little atmosphere.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
He has used 2,500 very completely, and seen my fine double stars with them.
"Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works" by Edward Singleton Holden
In the latter double windows or shutters were employed, opening inwards in the same way as did the doors.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
Powder four ounces of double-refined sugar, put it into a very nice iron fryingpan, with one ounce of fresh butter.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Double it once, and serve it up plain, or with a white sauce under it.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury

In poetry:

She had na pu'd a double rose,
A rose but only twa,
Till up then started young Tam Lin,
Says, Lady, thou pu's nae mae.
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
She had na pu'd a double rose,
A rose but only twa,
Till upon then started young Tam Lin,
Says, Lady, thou's pu nae mae.
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
Each mornin' he must have his spree,
And hand you plenty trouble
A-pitchin' round the scenery
Till you are seein' double.
"The Bronco" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Sleep sweetly, little friend,
And dream again of heaven:
With double love I kiss your hand,—
Your message has been given.
"The Message" by Henry Van Dyke
Old cares grow light; aside I lay
The doubts and fears that troubled;
The quiet of the happy day
Within my soul is doubled.
"St. Martin's Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Walled with woods or sandy shelf,
Ever doubling on itself
Flows the stream, so still and slow
That it hardly seems to flow.
"Songo River. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

DeAndre Jordan has a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Dominique Brinson scored 20 points and Zach Ngawaka posted a big double-double Friday to lead Alaska Fairbanks to an 80-76 overtime victory over Colorado State-Pueblo in the opening game of the AT&T Jamboree at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Katelyn Waldeier recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tonganoxie held on for a 41-37 win Tuesday against Piper.
Robert Covington's double-double helps Tennessee State overpower Fisk 92-53.
Still irked by back-to-back losses to subpar teams, he notches a double-double in 101-80 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Kevin Foster's double-double helps Fresno State record 66-61 victory over Pacific.
ERA — Avery Fortenberry had a double-double of 14 points and 15 points to lead Era past Jacksboro 41-40 in overtime.
Jonathan Oosting The historic Penobscot building in downtown Detroit is one of the buildings that will help the city double as Paris in the CIA film 'The Double'.
Rendleman's double-double, Jackson's go-ahead layup lift UNC Wilmington over Hampton 61-60.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Florida is the Warriors' version of Kenneth Faried, a double-- double machine.
Lee has five consecutive double-double games, including 20 points (10-of-15 shooting) and 13 rebounds Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Asada opened her program to variations on "I Got Rhythm" with a strong double axel, followed by a fast triple flip-double loop.
Witter's near double-double, tough defense help North Carolina A&T beat Greensboro 83-52.
Double Seven Construction to Begin on the Double.
Nene hadn't grabbed 10 rebounds in a game all season, or scored at least 10 points in five games, but he wasn't celebrating his first double-double of the season on Tuesday in the visitor's locker room at New Orleans Arena.

In science:

The period increases by a factor of 3.4 as we double the distance to the outer boundaries, so the oscillation time scale is not given directly by the light travel time from the boundary (which would approximately double).
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
Width(Flavour,double) works like Mass(Flavour,double), but for the width.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The quantum double of a ∗-category Consider the quantum double Z1 (C ) of a ∗-category C .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
In the applications of the quantum double to operator algebras, like to the asymptotic subfactor or quantum field theory , one is mainly interested in the unitary quantum double.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
While in a normal single radiator run, events with more than one cluster were rejected, in the double radiator, double cluster structures were selected as valid events.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment