[duhb-uh l-en-did]


having the two ends alike.
  1. operating equally well with either end as the bow, as a ferryboat.
  2. noting a vessel having a stern curved or pointed so as to resemble or suggest a bow.
noting any of various vehicles, as certain streetcars, designed to be operated with either end serving as the front.

Origin of double-ended

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-ended

Historical Examples of double-ended

  • All we could do in that double-ended boat was to sit still and hold tight.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster

  • This particular head is double-ended and carries two cutters c.

    Turning and Boring

    Franklin D. Jones

  • Speaking or writing is, therefore, everywhere a double-ended process.

    The Teacher

    George Herbert Palmer

  • The lights had changed: The double-ended candles had disappeared.

  • With the exception of the five in the aftermost compartment, they were "double-ended," with the furnaces facing fore and aft.

    An Unsinkable Titanic

    John Bernard Walker