- a substitute who performs feats or actions too hazardous or difficult for a star.
- body double.
- a challenge by an opponent that the declarer cannot fulfill the designated contract, increasing the points to be won or lost.
- a hand that warrants such a challenge.
verb (used with object), dou·bled, dou·bling.
- to sail around (a projecting area of land): to double Cape Horn.
- to add a new layer of planking or ceiling to (an old wooden hull).
- to challenge (the bid of an opponent) by making a call that increases the value of tricks to be won or lost.
- to challenge the bid of (an opponent): He doubled me into game.
- to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a two-base hit: He doubled him to third.
- to cause (a run) to be scored by a two-base hit (often followed by in): He doubled in the winning run.
- to put out (a base runner) as the second out of a double play (often followed by up).
verb (used without object), dou·bled, dou·bling.
- (in blackjack) to double an initial bet, on the condition that one can be dealt only one more card: Will you double down and beat the dealer?
- to increase one’s efforts or hold to a position or opinion, especially when vulnerable or taking a risk: He has continued to defend his controversial interpretation of the document, doubling down on what he sees as the truth.
- to share quarters planned for only one person or family: Because of the room shortage, we had to double up.
- to bend over, as from pain: He doubled up in agony.
- without delay; rapidly: The fire engines came on the double.
- in double time, as marching troops.
Origin of double
Related Words for doubledincrease, grow, repeat, augment, magnify, pleat, enlarge, plait, dupe, fold, duplicate, supplement, redouble, multiply, replicate, loop, amplify, plicate, infold, dualize
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Contemporary Examples of doubled
The jet engine instantly brought two advances over propellers: it doubled the speed and it was far more reliable.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
The number of protests in China between 2006 and 2010 doubled to 180,000, and those are only the reported “mass incidents.”China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
In its opening weekend the movie Heaven Is For Real (budget: $12 million) doubled its gross.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
Twitter mentions of “Bill Cosby” doubled from the previous day to more than 7,000 tweets.How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account
December 1, 2014
We rented a house in New Castle, Delaware, that doubled as our filming location and lodging for the actors.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
Historical Examples of doubled
When it has doubled in bulk, remove it from the bowl and knead it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The passage was a fine one, as we doubled the Horn at midsummer.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Stffi doubled up his fist, and Sami understood what that meant.What Sami Sings with the Birds
Dick had felt that the danger to their pursuers had more than doubled.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
And the years must have enriched you—I daresay you've doubled your capital.The Greater Inclination
adjective (usually prenominal)
- (of a root) being one of two equal roots of a polynomial equation
- (of an integral) having an integrand containing two independent variables requiring two integrations, in each of which one variable is kept constant
- (of an instrument) sounding an octave lower than the pitch indicated by the notationa double bass
- (of time) duple, usually accompanied by the direction alla breve
- the narrow outermost ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
- at twice normal marching speed
- quickly or immediately
- to duplicate (a voice or instrumental part) either in unison or at the octave above or below it
- (intr usually foll by on)to be capable of performing (upon an instrument additional to one's normal one)the third trumpeter doubles on cornet
- to cause two pawns of the same colour to be on the same file
- to place both rooks of the same colour on the same rank or the same file
Word Origin for double
late 13c., "make double," from Old French dobler, from Latin duplare, from duplus (see double (adj.)). Meaning "to work as, in addition to one's regular job" is c.1920, circus slang, from performers who also played in the band. Related: Doubled; doubling. To double up bodily is from 1814.
A blow on the stomach "doubles up" the boxer, and occasions that gasping and crowing which sufficiently indicate the cause of the injury .... [Donald Walker, "Defensive Exercises," 1840]
mid-14c., "amount twice as great," also "duplicate copy," from double (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with double
- double back
- double bill
- double cross
- double date
- double Dutch
- double duty
- double feature
- double in brass
- double life
- double standard
- double take, do a
- double talk
- double up
- lead a double life
- on the double
- see double