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—doubleness, n. —doubler, n. /dub"euhl/, adj., n., v., doubled, doubling, adv. adj. 1. twice as large, heavy, strong, etc.; twofold in size, amount, number, extent, etc.: a ...
double achievement
Heraldry. a representation of the arms of a husband beside those of his wife such that a difference of rank between them is shown. * * *
double agent
1. a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it. 2. a spy in the service of two rival countries, companies, etc. [1930-35] * * *
double altar
an altar on which the Eucharist may be celebrated from either the liturgical east or the liturgical west side. * * *
double ax
an ax with a double-edged blade, frequently depicted in prehistoric decorative designs of the eastern Mediterranean region, esp. in Minoan religious sites. [1890-95] * * *
double bar
Music. a double vertical line on a staff indicating the conclusion of a piece of music or a subdivision of it. See illus. under bar1. [1665-75] * * *
double bass
—double bassist. /bays/ the largest instrument of the violin family, having three or, usually, four strings, rested vertically on the floor when played. Also called bass ...
double bassoon
a bassoon an octave lower in pitch than the ordinary bassoon: the largest and deepest-toned instrument of the oboe class; contrabassoon. [1875-80] * * *
double batten
Theat. two wooden battens screwed together for holding the edge of a drop between them. Also called sandwich batten. * * *
double bed
a bed large enough for two adults, esp. a bed measuring 54 in. (137 cm) wide; full-size bed. [1790-1800] * * *
double bill.
See double feature. [1925-30] * * *
double bind
1. Psychol. a situation in which a person is given conflicting cues, esp. by a parent, such that to obey one cue is to disobey the other. 2. dilemma (def. 1). [1955-60, Amer.] * ...
double Blackwall hitch
double Blackwall hitch n. a kind of knot: see KNOT1 * * *
double block
Mach. a block having two sheaves or pulleys. * * *
double blossom
Plant Pathol. a disease of blackberries and dewberries, characterized by witches'-brooms and flower malformations, caused by a fungus, Cercosporella rubi. * * *
double bogey
Golf. a score of two strokes over par on a hole. * * *
double boiler
a utensil consisting of two pots, one of which fits partway into the other: water is boiled in the lower pot to cook or warm food or melt a substance in the upper. [1875-80, ...
double bond
Chem. a chemical linkage consisting of two covalent bonds between two atoms of a molecule, represented in chemical formulas by two lines, two dots, or four dots, as CH2=CH2; ...
double centering
Survey. a method of extending a survey line by taking the average of two foresights, one with the telescope direct and one with it inverted, made each time by transiting the ...
double check
Chess. a simultaneous check by two pieces in which the moving of one piece to give check also results in discovering a check by another piece. * * *
double chin
—double-chinned, adj. a fold of fat beneath the chin. [1825-35] * * *
double cloth
a cloth used in overcoating, blankets, brocade, etc., made by interweaving two physically discrete fabrics at various points in the pattern by bringing warp and fill yarns from ...
double coat
an outer coat of hair on a dog serving as protection against underbrush and resistant to weather, combined with an undercoat of softer hair for warmth and waterproofing. * * *
double coconut
1. a tall, stout, fan palm, Lodoicea maldivica, of the Seychelles Islands, having nuts that are the largest seeds of any plant, often weighing 50 lb. (22.6 kg): populations are ...
double counterpoint
Music. invertible counterpoint using two transposable voices. * * *
double cream
(in France) a fresh, soft cheese with at least 60 percent fat, made from cow's milk enriched with cream. Also, double crème. Cf. triple cream. [1875-80] * * *
double cross
1. a betrayal or swindle of a colleague. 2. an attempt to win a contest that one has agreed beforehand to lose. Cf. cross (def. 21). 3. Genetics. a cross in which both parents ...
double crown
Chiefly Brit. a size of printing paper, 20 × 30 in. (51 × 76 cm). * * *
double cup
(in Renaissance art) a matched pair of metal cups, made so that one can be placed inverted on top of the other. * * *
double dactyls
▪ literature also called  higgledy-piggledy        a light-verse form consisting of eight lines of two dactyls each, arranged in two stanzas (stanza). The first line ...
double dagger
Print. a mark (‡) used for references, as footnotes. Also called diesis. [1700-10] * * *
double date
Informal. a date on which two couples go together. [1920-25] * * *
double decomposition
Chem. a reaction whose result is the interchange of two parts of two substances to form two new substances, as AgNO3 + NaCl -> AgCl + NaNO3. Also called metathesis. [1865-70] * * ...
double demy
a size of printing paper, 221/2 × 35 in. (57 × 89 cm). * * *
double dip
1. a complement equal to the original; a double measure: a double dip of protection through both insurance and Social Security. 2. something that happens twice in a cycle, esp. ...
double dipping
double dipping n. the practice of receiving compensation, benefits, etc. from two or more sources in a way regarded as unethical, as from a military pension and a government ...
double dresser
Furniture. a dresser having two long drawers across its width for most of its height. * * *
double dribble
Basketball. 1. an infraction, resulting in loss of possession of the ball, occurring either when a player uses both hands simultaneously when dribbling or when a player ...
double drift
Navig. a method of calculating wind direction and velocity by observing the direction of drift of an aircraft on two or more headings. * * *
double dummy
Cards. a variety of bridge for two players in which two hands are kept face down until the end of the bidding when both hands are exposed. [1900-05] * * *
double Dutch
Slang. unintelligible or garbled speech or language: She could have been talking double Dutch for all we understood of it. [1875-80] * * *
Double Dutch
(sometimes l.c.) a form of the game of jump rope in which two persons, holding the respective ends of two long jump ropes, swing them in a synchronized fashion, usually directed ...
double eagle
1. a gold coin of the U.S., issued from 1849 to 1933, equal to 2 eagles or 20 dollars. 2. Golf. a score of three strokes under par on a hole. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
double ender
Naut. a double-ended vessel. Also, double-ender. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
double entendre
/dub"euhl ahn tahn"dreuh, -tahnd"/; Fr. /dooh blahonn tahonn"drddeu/, pl. double entendres /dub"euhl ahn tahn"dreuhz, -tahndz"/; Fr. /dooh blahonn tahonn"drddeu/. 1. a double ...
double entente
/dooh blahonn tahonnt"/, pl. doubles ententes /dooh bleuh zahonn tahonnt"/. French. a double meaning; ambiguity. * * *
double entry
—double-entry, adj. Bookkeeping. a method in which each transaction is entered twice in the ledger, once to the debit of one account, and once to the credit of another. Cf. ...
double exposure
Photog. 1. the act of exposing the same film, frame, plate, etc., twice. 2. the picture resulting from such exposure. [1890-95] * * *
double fault
(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) two faults in succession, resulting in the loss of the point, the loss of the serve, or both. [1905-10] * * *
double feature
a motion-picture program consisting of two films shown one after the other for the price of a single ticket. Also called double bill. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
double fertilization
the fertilization process characteristic of flowering plants, in which one sperm cell of a pollen grain fertilizes an egg cell while a second fuses with two polar nuclei to ...
double first
Brit. Univ. 1. a first in two subjects. 2. a student who earns a first in two subjects. * * *
double flat
Music. 1. a symbol that lowers the pitch of the note following it by two semitones. 2. a note or tone marked or affected by such a symbol. * * *
double fugue
Music. 1. a fugue with two subjects developed simultaneously. 2. a fugue having two subjects that are developed at first independently and then together. * * *
double genitive.
See double possessive. * * *
double glazing
Building Trades. glazing consisting of two thicknesses of glass with a dead air space between them. * * *
Double Gloucester
n [U] a type of hard English cheese first made in Gloucestershire. It is orange in colour and has a mild taste. * * *
double harness
1. harness for a pair of horses. 2. in double harness, Informal. married. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
double helix
Biochem.,Genetics. the spiral arrangement of the two complementary strands of DNA. [1953; term introduced by J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick] * * *
double hitch
a Blackwall hitch with an extra upper loop passed around the hook. * * *
double ikat.
See under ikat. * * *
double indemnity
a clause in a life-insurance or accident-insurance policy providing for payment of twice the face value of the policy in the event of accidental death. Cf. accidental death ...
double integral
Math. an integral in which the integrand involves a function of two variables and that requires two applications of the integration process to evaluate. * * *
double jeopardy
Law. the subjecting of a person to a second trial or punishment for the same offense for which the person has already been tried or punished. [1905-10] * * * In law, the ...
double jump
1. Chess. the advance of a pawn, in its original move only, from its initial position on the second rank to the fourth without stopping at the intervening square. 2. Checkers. ...
double magnum
Jeroboam (def. 2). * * *
double modal
a syntactic construction in which two modal auxiliaries occur consecutively within a clause, as might could in I might could help you. * * *
double monastery
a religious community of both men and women who live in separate establishments under the same superior and who worship in a common church. * * *
double mordent
double mordent n. MORDENT * * *
double negative
a syntactic construction in which two negative words are used in the same clause to express a single negation. [1820-30] Usage. Double or multiple negation was standard in ...
double occupancy
—double-occupancy, adj. a type of travel accommodation, as in a hotel, for two persons sharing the same room: The rate is $35 per person, double occupancy, or $65, single ...
double overhead camshaft
Auto. a pair of overhead camshafts, one to operate the intake valves and the other to operate the exhaust valves. Abbr.: DOHC * * *
double paddle
Naut. a paddle with a blade at each end, as that of the kayak. * * *
double pair royal
Cribbage. a set of four cards of the same denomination, worth 12 points. Cf. pair royal. * * *
double piece
Armor. See piece of exchange. * * *
double play
Baseball. a play in which two putouts are made. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
double pneumonia
Pathol. pneumonia affecting both lungs. [1890-95] * * *
double possessive
Gram. a possessive construction consisting of a prepositional phrase with of containing a substantive in the possessive case, as of father's in He is a friend of father's. Also ...
double precision
Computers. using twice the normal amount of storage, as two words rather than one, to represent a number. * * *
double predestination
Theol. the doctrine that God has foreordained both those who will be saved and those who will be damned. * * *
double quatrefoil
Heraldry. a charge having the form of a foil with eight leaves, used esp. as the cadency mark of a ninth son. Also called octofoil. * * *
double quotes
quotation marks (" "), as usually appear around quoted material. Cf. single quotes. * * *
double refraction
Optics. the separation of a ray of light into two unequally refracted, plane-polarized rays of orthogonal polarizations, occurring in crystals in which the velocity of light rays ...
double rhyme.
See under feminine rhyme. * * *
double room
double (def. 13). [1930-35] * * *
double run
Cribbage. a set of four cards consisting of a three-card run plus a fourth card of the same denomination as one of the others, as 2, 3, 4, 4, worth eight points. * * *
double salt
Chem. a salt that crystallizes as a single substance but ionizes as two distinct salts when dissolved, as carnallite, KMgCl3·6H2O. [1840-50] * * *
double sculls
a race for sculls rowed by two rowers, each using a pair of oars. Cf. single sculls. * * *
double sharp
Music. 1. a symbol (×) that raises by two semitones the pitch of the following note. 2. a note or tone marked or affected by such a symbol. * * *
double solitaire
Cards. a game of solitaire for two persons, each player usually having a pack and layout but pooling foundations with the opponent. * * *
double Spanish burton
a tackle having one standing block and two running blocks, giving a mechanical advantage of five, neglecting friction. See diag. under tackle. * * *
double spread
1. any pair of facing pages in a completed book, magazine, etc. 2. a picture, advertisement, etc., occupying two facing pages. [1955-60] * * *
double standard
1. any code or set of principles containing different provisions for one group of people than for another, esp. an unwritten code of sexual behavior permitting men more freedom ...
double star
Astron. two stars that appear as one if not viewed through a telescope with adequate magnification, such as two stars that are separated by a great distance but are nearly in ...
double steal
Baseball. a play in which two base runners steal a base each. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
double stop
Music. two or more notes bowed simultaneously on a stringed instrument, as the violin. [1875-80] * * *
double sugar
Chem. disaccharide. [1955-60] * * *
double tackle
a pulley system using blocks having two grooved wheels. * * *
double take
a rapid or surprised second look, either literal or figurative, at a person or situation whose significance had not been completely grasped at first: His friends did a double ...
double talk
☆ double talk n. 1. ambiguous and deceptive talk 2. deliberately confusing or unintelligible talk made up of a mixture of real words and meaningless syllables * * *
double tape.
See under magnetic tape. * * *
double tide
agger (def. 1). * * *
double time
1. U.S. Army. the fastest rate of marching troops, a slow jog in which 180 paces, each of 3 ft. (0.9 m), are taken in a minute. 2. a slow run by troops in step. 3. a rate of ...
double truck
1. Typesetting. a chase for holding the type for a center spread, esp. for a newspaper. 2. Journalism. matter occupying a center spread, esp. advertising matter. * * *
double vision
diplopia. [1855-60] * * * or diplopia Perception of two images of an object, usually caused by temporary or permanent eye-muscle paralysis. Normally, the brain fuses slightly ...
double whip.
See under whip (def. 28). * * *
double wicket
cricket in which two wickets are used, being the usual form of the game. * * *
double wingback formation
Football. an offensive formation in which two backs line up at opposite ends of the backfield about one yard outside of the ends and about one yard behind the line of scrimmage. ...
/dub"euhl ak"ting/, adj. 1. (of a reciprocating engine, pump, etc.) having pistons accomplishing work in both directions, fluid being admitted alternately to opposite ends of the ...
/dub"euhl ak"sheuhn/, adj. (of a firearm) requiring only one pull of the trigger to cock and fire it. [1850-55] * * *
double-aspect theory
or dual-aspect theory Type of mind-body monism. According to double-aspect theory, the mental and the material are different aspects or attributes of a unitary reality, which ...
/dub"euhl bangk"/, v.t. Naut. 1. to have two rowers pull (each of a number of oars). 2. to have people pull (a rope) from both sides. 3. to row (a boat) with rowers for both ...
/dub"euhl bar"euhld/, adj. 1. having two barrels mounted side by side, as a shotgun. 2. serving a double purpose or having two parts or aspects: a double-barreled attack on ...
➡ surnames * * *
/dub"euhl bil"/, v.t. 1. to bill (different accounts) for the same charge: He double-billed different clients for the same business trip. 2. to place (a motion picture) on a ...
/dub"euhl bluynd"/, adj. of or pertaining to an experiment or clinical trial in which neither the subjects nor the researchers know which subjects are receiving the active ...
/dub"euhl book"/, v.t. 1. to overbook by accepting more than one reservation for the same hotel room, airplane seat, etc. 2. to make reservations for (more than one hotel ...
/dub"euhl bot'euhm/, n. See tandem trailer (def. 1). * * *
/dub"euhl bres"tid/, adj. 1. (of a coat, jacket, etc.) overlapping sufficiently in front to allow for two rows of buttons. 2. (of a suit) having a coat or jacket that so ...
/dub"euhl bres"ting/, n. the practice of employing nonunion workers, esp. in a separate division, to supplement the work of higher-paid union workers. [1975-80] * * *
/dub"euhl chek"/, v.t., v.i. 1. to check twice or again; recheck. n. 2. a second examination or verification to assure accuracy, proper functioning, or the like. [1950-55, ...
—double click. v.i. Computers. to click a mouse button twice in rapid succession, as to call up a program or select a file. [1980-85] * * *
double-clutch1 /dub"euhl kluch"/, v.i. Auto. to downshift by shifting gears in an automotive vehicle first into neutral and then into the desired gear, releasing the clutch ...
double-crested cormorant
/dub"euhl kres'tid/ a North American cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, having tufts of black and white feathers on the sides of the head. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
/dub"euhl krop"/, v., double-cropped, double-cropping. v.i. 1. to raise two consecutive crops on the same land within a single growing season. v.t. 2. to raise two crops per year ...
—double-crosser, n. /dub"euhl kraws", -kros"/, v.t. Informal. to prove treacherous to; betray or swindle, as by a double cross. [1900-05] * * *
See double-cross. * * *
/dub"euhl kraw"stik, -kros"tik/, Trademark. a word game in which the player suits word definitions to numbered spaces to produce a quotation, the first letters of the definitions ...
/dub"euhl kut"/, adj. noting a file having parallel cutting ridges crisscrossing in two directions. Cf. single-cut. * * *
/dub"euhl dayt"/, v., double-dated, double-dating. Informal. v.i. 1. to take part in a double date. v.t. 2. to accompany (someone) on a double date: They double-dated the two ...
—double-dealer, n. /dub"euhl deel"/, v.i., double-dealt /-delt"/, double-dealing. to practice double-dealing. [1965-70] * * *
See double-dealing. * * *
/dub"euhl dee"ling/, n. 1. duplicity; treachery; deception. adj. 2. using duplicity; treacherous. [1520-30] * * *
/dub"euhl dek"/, adj. 1. Also, double-decked. having two decks, tiers, or levels: a double-deck bunk; a double-deck bus. v.t. 2. to add a second deck to (a bridge) or a second ...
/dub"euhl dek"euhr/, n. 1. something with two decks, tiers, or the like, as two beds one above the other, a ship with two decks above the water line, or a bus with two decks. 2. ...
/dub"euhl dij"it/, adj. of or denoting a percentage greater than ten. [1970-75] * * *
—double-dipper, n. /dub"euhl dip"/, v., double-dipped, double-dipping, adj. v.i. 1. Informal. to earn a salary from one position while collecting a pension from the same ...
/dub"euhl dip"ing/, n. the act or practice of receiving more than one income or collecting double benefits from the same employer or organization. [1970-75] * * *
—double-domed, adj. /dub"euhl dohm'/, n. Informal. an intellectual; egghead. [1935-40] * * *
/dub"euhl dooh"tee, -dyooh"-/, adj. designed to fill two functions: double-duty tools. * * *
/dub"euhl ejd"/, adj. 1. having two cutting edges, as a razor blade. 2. capable of acting two ways or having opposite effects: a double-edged argument. [1545-55] * * *
/dub"euhl en"did/, adj. 1. having the two ends alike. 2. Naut. a. operating equally well with either end as the bow, as a ferryboat. b. noting a vessel having a stern curved or ...
double-ended bolt
a headless bolt threaded at both ends. * * *
double-entendre [dub΄əl än tän′ drə; do͞o΄blôn tôn′drə] n. 〚Fr (now obs.), double meaning〛 1. a term with two meanings, esp. when one of them has a risqué or ...
—double-facedly /dub"euhl fay"sid lee, -fayst"-/, adv. —double-facedness, n. /dub"euhl fayst"/, adj. 1. practicing duplicity; hypocritical. 2. having two faces or aspects. 3. ...
See double fault. * * *
/dub"euhl fig"yeuhr/; Brit. /dub"euhl fig"euhr/, adj. Brit. double-digit. [1855-60] * * *
/dub"euhl glayzd"/, adj. of, having, or provided with double glazing: double-glazed windows and doors. * * *
double-glazing [dub′əl glā′ziŋ] n. window glazing with two panes of glass having space between them to allow air to act as an insulator * * *
☆ double-header [dub′əlhed′ər ] n. 1. a train pulled by two locomotives 2. a pair of games played in succession on the same day, usually by the same two teams * * ...
double-helical gear
/dub"euhl hel'i keuhl/. See herringbone gear. * * *
/dub"euhl hung"/, adj. 1. (of a window) having two vertically sliding sashes, each closing a different part of the opening. 2. (of a window sash) sliding vertically, with a ...
dou·ble-hung window (dŭbʹəl-hŭngʹ) n. A window having two sashes that slide up and down. * * *
/dub"euhl joyn"tid/, adj. (of particular people or animals) having unusually flexible joints that can bend in unusual ways or to abnormally great extent. [1825-35] * * *
/dub"euhl nit", -nit'/, n. 1. a weft-knit fabric that consists of two single-knit fabrics intimately interlooped. 2. a garment made of such a fabric. Also, double knit, ...
/dub"euhl lok"/, v.t. 1. to lock with two turns of a key, so that a second bolt is engaged. 2. to fasten with particular care. [1585-95] * * *
—double-mindedly, adv. —double-mindedness, n. /dub"euhl muyn"did/, adj. wavering or undecided in mind. [1545-55] * * *
/dub"euhl nik"euhl/, n. Slang. the national speed limit of 55 miles per hour as established in 1974 on U.S. highways. [1975-80] * * *
/dub'euhl oh"/, n., pl. double-Os. Older Slang. careful scrutiny or close inspection. [1915-20; after the two o's in ONCE-OVER] * * *
—double-parker, n. /dub"euhl pahrk"/, v.t., v.i. to park alongside another vehicle that is already parked parallel to the curb. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
See double-park. * * *
adj., adv. /dub"euhl kwik"/; n., v. /dub"euhl kwik'/, adj. 1. very quick or rapid. adv. 2. in a very quick or rapid manner. n. 3. a very quick marching pace: double time. v.t., ...
/dub"euhl reed"/, adj. Music. of or pertaining to wind instruments producing sounds through two reeds fastened and beating together, as the oboe. [1875-80] * * *
/dub"euhl ring"/, adj. being or pertaining to a marriage ceremony in which the bride and groom give rings to one another. [1955-60] * * *
/dub"euhl rip"euhr/, n. New Eng. bobsled (def. 2). Also called double-runner /dub"euhl run"euhr/. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
/dub"euhl suy"did/, adj. double-faced (defs. 2, 3). [1860-65] * * *
/dub"euhl spays"/, v., double-spaced, double-spacing. v.t. 1. to type (text, copy, etc.) leaving a full space between lines: Always double-space a term paper. v.i. 2. to type ...
/dub"euhl stop"/, v., double-stopped, double-stopping. Music. v.t. 1. to play a double stop on (a stringed instrument). v.i. 2. to play a double stop. [1875-80] * * *
/dub"euhl tayld"/, adj. Heraldry. (of a lion) represented with two tails joined together next to the body. Cf. queue fourché. * * *
—double-talker, n. /dub"euhl tawk'/, n. 1. speech using nonsense syllables along with words in a rapid patter. 2. deliberately evasive or ambiguous language: When you try to ...
/dub"euhl teem"/, v.t. 1. to defend against or block (an opposing player) by using two players, as in football or basketball: By double-teaming the end the safety men left the ...
double-think or doublethink [dub′əlthiŋk΄] n. 〚coined (1949) by ORWELL George, in 1984〛 illogical or deliberately perverse thinking in terms that distort or reverse the ...
/dub"euhl tuym'/, v., double-timed, double-timing. v.t. 1. to cause to move in double time: Double-time the troops to the mess hall. v.i. 2. to move in double-time. [1850-55] * * ...
/dub"euhl tung'/, v.i., double-tongued, double-tonguing. Music. to interrupt the wind flow by moving the tongue as if pronouncing t and k alternately, esp. in playing rapid ...
/dub"euhl tungd"/, adj. deceitful; hypocritical. [1350-1400; ME dowble tungid] * * *
double-trailer truck
/dub"euhl tray'leuhr/. See tandem trailer (def. 1). * * *
/dub"euhl yooh'/, n. the letter w. [1830-40] * * *
/dub"euhl wuyd"/, adj. twice the usual width: double-wide mobile homes consisting of two sections bolted together. Also, double-width /dub"euhl width", -witth"/ or, often, ...
double agent n. A person pretending to work as a spy for one government while actually working as a spy for another government. * * *
double bar n. Music A double vertical or heavy black line drawn through a staff to indicate the end of any of the main sections of a composition. * * *
double bass (bās) PhotoDisc, Inc. n. The largest bowed stringed instrument in the modern orchestra, also used frequently in jazz ensembles, especially played pizzicato. The ...
double bassoon n. See contrabassoon. * * *
double bind n. 1. A psychological impasse created when contradictory demands are made of an individual, such as a child or an employee, so that no matter which directive is ...
double blind n. A testing procedure, designed to eliminate biased results, in which the identity of those receiving a test treatment is concealed from both administrators and ...
double boiler n. A cooking utensil consisting of two nested pans, designed to allow slow, even cooking or heating of food in the upper pan by the action of water boiling in the ...
double bond n. A covalent bond in which two electron pairs are shared between two atoms. * * *
double book tr.v. 1. To overbook (an airline flight, for example). 2. To make two reservations for (a seat or hotel room, for example) in order to be certain of obtaining one. * ...
double check n. A careful reinspection or reexamination to assure accuracy or proper condition; verification.   douʹble-checkʹ (dŭbʹəl-chĕkʹ) v. * * *
double chin n. A fold of fatty flesh beneath the chin. * * *
double coconut n. See coco-de-mer. * * *
double dagger n. A reference mark (‡) used in printing and writing. Also called diesis. * * *
double date n. A date in which two couples participate.   douʹble-dateʹ (dŭbʹəl-dātʹ) v. * * *
/dub"euhl day'/, n. Abner, 1819-93, U.S. army officer; sometimes credited with inventing the modern game of baseball. * * *
Doubleday, Abner
born June 26, 1819, Ballston Spa, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 26, 1893, Mendham, N.J. U.S. Army officer, once thought to be the inventor of baseball. Doubleday served in the Mexican ...
Doubleday, Frank Nelson
▪ American author and publisher born Jan. 8, 1862, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 30, 1934, Coconut Grove, Fla.       American publisher and founder of the ...
Dou·ble·day (dŭbʹəl-dā'), Abner. 1819-1893. American army officer traditionally considered the inventor of baseball, although a game similar to baseball predates him. * * *
double decomposition n. A chemical reaction between two compounds in which the first and second parts of one reactant are united, respectively, with the second and first parts of ...
See double dipping. * * *
double dipping n. The practice of drawing two incomes from the government, usually by holding a government job and receiving a pension, as for prior military service.   double ...
double dribble n. Basketball An illegal dribble in which a player uses both hands simultaneously to dribble the ball or begins to dribble the ball a second time after having come ...
double dutch also double Dutch (dŭch) n. A game of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes swung in a crisscross formation by two turners. * * *
double entry n. A method of bookkeeping in which a transaction is entered both as a debit to one account and a credit to another account, so that the totals of debits and credits ...
double fault n. Two successive service faults in tennis, resulting in the loss of a point.   douʹble-faultʹ (dŭbʹəl-fôltʹ) v. * * *
double feature n. A movie program consisting of two full-length films. * * *
double fertilization n. The union in flowering plants of two sperm nuclei. One sperm nucleus unites with the egg to form the diploid zygote, from which the embryo develops, and ...
double figure n. A number consisting of two digits; a number between 10 and 99. * * *
double flat n. Music A symbol (t/k) placed before a note to indicate that it is to be lowered by two semitones. * * *
/dub"euhl gang'euhr/, n. Doppelgänger. [1820-30; half-trans. of G Doppelgänger] * * *
double genitive n. A phrasal construction in English in which possession is indicated by the word of followed by the possessive form of a noun or pronoun, as in a relative of ...
double Gloucester n. A smooth, firm, mild yellow cheese.   [After Gloucester.] * * *
/dub"euhl hed"euhr/, n. 1. Sports. a. two games, as of baseball, between the same teams on the same day in immediate succession. b. two games, as of basketball, between two ...
double helix n. The coiled structure of double-stranded DNA in which strands linked by hydrogen bonds form a spiral configuration, with the two strands oriented in opposite ...
double indemnity n. A clause in an insurance policy that provides for payment of double the face value of the contract in case of accidental death. * * *
double jeopardy n. The act of putting a person through a second trial for an offense for which he or she has already been prosecuted or convicted. * * *
double knit also dou·ble-knit (dŭbʹəl-nĭt') n. A jerseylike fabric knitted on a machine equipped with two sets of needles so that a double thickness of fabric is produced in ...
double negative n. A construction that employs two negatives, especially to express a single negation.   Usage Note: Traditional grammar holds that double negatives combine to ...
/dub"euhl nis/, n. 1. the quality or condition of being double. 2. deception or dissimulation. [1325-75; ME; see DOUBLE, -NESS] * * *
double play n. Baseball Abbr. DP A play in which two players are put out. * * *
double pneumonia n. Pneumonia affecting both lungs. * * *
double possessive n. See double genitive. * * *
dou·bler (dŭbʹlər) n. A device that doubles the frequency or voltage of an input signal. * * *
double reed n. 1. A pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce sound in certain wind instruments, such as bassoons and oboes. 2. An instrument in which sound is ...
double refraction n. See birefringence. * * *
double reverse n. Football An offensive play in which the ball is handed off in a reverse and then handed off again to a player running in the opposite direction, restoring the ...
double rhyme n. A two-syllable feminine rhyme, as in regal/eagle or ended/blended. * * *
double salt n. A salt, such as alum, that ionizes in solution as if it were two separate salts but forms a single substance upon crystallization. * * *
double sharp n. Music A symbol (t/k) placed before a note to indicate that it is to be raised by two semitones. * * *
—doublespeaker, n. /dub"euhl speek'/, n. evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse. [1950-55; DOUBLE + SPEAK, by analogy with DOUBLETHINK] * * *
double standard n. A set of principles permitting greater opportunity or liberty to one than to another, especially the granting of greater sexual freedom to men than to women. * ...
double star n. See binary star. * * *
/dub"lit/, n. 1. a close-fitting outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes having a short skirt, worn by men in the Renaissance. 2. an undergarment, quilted and ...
doublet pattern
Fine Arts. a pattern, as on a fabric, in which a figure or group is duplicated in reverse order on the opposite side of a centerline. * * *
double take n. A delayed reaction to an unusual remark or circumstance, often used as a comic device. * * *
double talk n. 1. Meaningless speech that consists of nonsense syllables mixed with intelligible words; gibberish. 2. Deliberately ambiguous or evasive language. Also called ...
/dub"euhl thingk'/ n. the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time. [DOUBLE + THINK1; coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984 (1949)] * * *
double time n. 1. A marching pace of 180 three-foot steps per minute. 2. A rate of pay, as for overtime work, that is twice the regular rate. * * *
/dub"euhl teuhn/, n. Chiefly Bridge. a set of only two cards of the same suit in a hand as dealt: The other player held a doubleton. [1905-10; modeled on SINGLETON] * * *
/dub"euhl tree'/, n. a pivoted bar with a whiffletree attached to each end, used in harnessing two horses abreast. See illus. under whiffletree. [1840-50, Amer.; modeled on ...
double vision n. A disorder of vision in which a single object appears double. Also called diplopia. * * *
dou·ble·wide (dŭbʹəl-wīdʹ) n. Two mobile homes, each 24 feet in width, bolted together as a single unit and used as a permanent residence.   douʹble·wideʹ adj. * * *
dou·ble·word also double word (dŭbʹəl-wûrd') n. A unit of computer memory storage, usually two bytes, used in many high-level programming languages. * * *
/dub"ling/, n. Naut. the part of the upper or lower end of one spar of a mast that is overlapped by another spar above or below it. [1350-1400; ME; see DOUBLE, -ING1] * * *
/du bloohn"/, n. a former gold coin of Spain and Spanish America, originally equal to two escudos but fluctuating in value. [1615-25; < Sp doblón, equiv. to dobl(a) DOBLA + -ón ...
/deuh bloor", dooh-/; Fr. /dooh blyuurdd"/, n., pl. doublures /-bloorz"/; Fr. /-blyuurdd"/. an ornamental lining of a book cover. [1885-90; < F: a lining, equiv. to doubl(er) to ...
/dub"lee/, adv. 1. to a double measure or degree: to be doubly cautious. 2. in a double manner. 3. Obs. with duplicity. [1350-1400; ME; see DOUBLE, -LY] * * *
doubly serrate
doubly serrate adj. BISERRATE: see LEAF * * *
/dooh/, n. 1. a river in E France, flowing into the Saône River. ab. 260 mi. (420 km) long. 2. a department in E France. 471,082; 2031 sq. mi. (5260 sq. km). Cap.: Besançon. * ...
Doubs River
ancient Dubis. River, eastern France and western Switzerland. Rising in the Jura Mtns., it flows northeast to form part of the French-Swiss border. It continues east into ...
—doubtable, adj. —doubtably, adv. —doubter, n. —doubtingly, adv. —doubtingness, n. /dowt/, v.t. 1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to ...
See doubt. * * *
—doubtfully, adv. —doubtfulness, n. /dowt"feuhl/, adj. 1. of uncertain outcome or result. 2. admitting of or causing doubt; uncertain; ambiguous. 3. unsettled in opinion or ...
See doubtful. * * *
See doubtfully. * * *
doubting Thomas
a person who refuses to believe without proof; skeptic. John 20:24-29. * * *
doubt·ing Thomas (douʹtĭng) n. One who is habitually doubtful.   [After Thomas, Saint, who doubted Jesus's resurrection until he had proof of it.] * * *
—doubtlessness, n. /dowt"lis/, adv. Also, doubtlessly. 1. without doubt; certainly; surely; unquestionably. 2. probably or presumably. adj. 3. free from doubt or uncertainty; ...
See doubtless. * * *
▪ primate       any of three colourful species of langur monkeys found in the tropical forests (tropical rainforest) of central and southern Vietnam, southern Laos, and ...
—doucely, adv. —douceness, n. /doohs/, adj. Scot. and North Eng. sedate; modest; quiet. [1275-1325; ME < MF (fem.) < L dulcis sweet; see DULCET] * * *
/doohs"pearz', dooh"seuh-/, n.pl., sing. douceper /-pear'/. douzepers. * * *
/dooh serr"/; Fr. /dooh suerdd"/, n., pl. douceurs /-serrz"/; Fr. /-suerdd"/. 1. a gratuity; tip. 2. a conciliatory gift or bribe. 3. Archaic. sweetness or ...
/doohsh/, n., v., douched, douching. n. 1. a jet or current of water, sometimes with a dissolved medicating or cleansing agent, applied to a body part, organ, or cavity for ...
douche bag
a small syringe having detachable nozzles for fluid injections, used chiefly for vaginal lavage and for enemas. [1930-35] * * *
Doudart de Lagrée, Ernest-Marc-Louis
▪ French explorer and diplomat born March 31, 1823, Saint-Vincent-de-Mercuze, Fr. died March 12, 1868, T'ung-ch'uan, Yunnan Province, China       French explorer and ...
/dug/, n. a male given name, form of Douglas. * * *

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