Meaning of DOUBLE in English

DOUBLE

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a double bed (= a bed for two people )

Would you like a double bed or twin beds?

a double bedroom (= with a big bed for two people )

I'd like to book a double bedroom for two nights, please.

a double celebration (= for two good things )

It’s a double celebration for our first wedding anniversary and my birthday.

a double chin (= loose skin under your chin that looks like a second chin )

Frank was much fatter now and he had a double chin.

a double meaning (= two meanings at the same time )

Everything he said had a double meaning.

a double portion (= twice as large as a normal one )

I ordered a double portion of chicken.

a double shift (= when someone works two shifts one after the other )

He is only halfway through a 20-hour double shift.

a double/two-car garage (= for two cars )

The house had a double garage.

a number doubles (= becomes twice as big )

The number of road accidents has doubled in the last ten years.

approach/reach/go into etc double figures

The death toll is thought to have reached double figures.

bent double (= with the top part of your body leaning forward towards your legs )

He breathed in deeply, bent double in pain .

body double

double act

double agent

double bass

double bed

double bill

double bind

double bluff

double boiler

double chin

double click

double cream British English , heavy cream American English (= thick cream )

double cream

double date

double dealer

double digits

Sam’s team scored in the double digits in nine out of ten games.

double duty

The sofa does double duty as a guest bed.

double entendre

double fault

double feature

double figures

King’s was the only other score in double figures.

double first

double glazing

double helix

double in value

The house doubled in value over two years.

double indemnity

double jeopardy

double life

Marje had no idea that her husband was leading a double life with another woman.

double negative

double play

double quick

Call an ambulance double quick!

double spacing (= lines with one empty line after each one )

double standard

double take

double time

double vision (= when you see two of everything around you )

One of the symptoms of the illness is double vision.

double vision

double whammy

the double whammy of higher prices and more taxes

double yellow lines (= two lines of paint that mean you cannot park there at any time )

in double figures (= between 10 and 99 )

Only two of the group had scores in double figures.

lead a double life (= deceive people by keeping different parts of your life separate and not letting anyone know the whole truth )

Joe had been leading a double life, seeing an ex-model while his wife believed he was on business.

lead/live a double life

Marje had no idea that her husband was leading a double life with another woman.

mixed doubles

reach double/six etc figures (= be 10 or more/100,000 or more etc )

The death toll in the region has reached five figures.

scored in the double digits

Sam’s team scored in the double digits in nine out of ten games.

single/double room (= a room in a hotel for one person or for two )

I’d like to book a double room for two nights.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

album

As an Eric Clapton fan, I recommend this double album without the slightest hesitation.

There are certainly far more double albums out there that are worse.

A double album of greatest hits and misses, which concentrates on their later years.

A sprawling double album of many moods, and even the upbeat numbers have an undertow of fragmentation.

I suppose their new single will be the price of a double album !!

bed

Liz Norton Both the YC-5 and YC-6 can be used for double bed knitting.

A double bed with starched white sheets covering a too-soft mattress fills most of the space.

Choose either a suite with double bed or large suite with double bed plus double bed settee for one or two children.

I looked longingly at the bed , but it was a double bed.

Bedroom with two single beds which makes a double bed if required.

We squashed side by side in the small double bed which I shared with Grandma when she came to stay.

Harriet had put them in her smaller guest-room which had a double bed .

John feels it's the double bed that worries his Dad, not the puppet.

bill

But sometimes a double bill would show at the Ritz and nowhere else.

He guessed they were on their way to Badstoneleigh because of the double bill at the Pavilion.

A double bill in the afternoon.

In the early 1960s one result of shrinking cinema audiences was the Sunday double bill of low budget horror movies.

Now that's a double bill .

door

I looked at the double doors in horror and wondered if perchance Toplis might be hiding inside.

One of the double doors opened and a nurse peered out.

He followed her as they approached the green-and-gold-painted double doors leading to the ballroom.

His knock sounded the emptiness of the rooms behind the double doors .

To the right, open double doors hinted at shadowy figures.

The double doors stood partly open.

Several of the Lancre guests were glancing at the big double doors , shut for this official ceremony.

He joined the slow column heading out of the double doors of the Kitchen.

garage

To the right there was a ramp down to a double garage on basement level.

Each Hadon home has a double garage .

It includes master bedroom with ensuite shower room, three further bedrooms, second bathroom, gas central heating, double garage .

The house had a double garage which Millar turned into a study and office.

It was the size of a double garage , open on one side, built of stone and roofed with tiles.

Number forty-seven was a huge red-brick house in gracious grounds, with a double garage and parking space for three more cars.

A coach-house of slightly later vintage served as a double garage .

meaning

This gives a double meaning to Blanche's hatred of naked light.

Old rivalries are barely submerged and every quip has a deadly double meaning .

No, there was no double meaning in what he'd said.

Sniggers and the double meanings surrounded the subject which was one of the biggest taboos in our society.

murder

Why would a double murder in Cologne have been passed to counter-intelligence?

News of a double murder trial filled the papers.

He wondered what Berowne was expecting him to do; find a potential blackmailer or investigate him for double murder ?

Convicted of a brutal rape and double murder , he claims innocence, but is a hate-filled racist.

No one has claimed responsibility for the double murder .

Danilov's double murder looks small beer in comparison.

room

We can also book twin or double rooms in nearby houses for your sole use for a £55 supplement.

She was in a double room .

The door closed behind Tweed as he scanned the luxuriously furnished double room which overlooked Albemarle Street.

It features 10 shower rooms , five single day rooms with showers and a double room with shower.

On Friday 1 June and Saturday 2 June there are no single or double rooms available.

Beds in a double room are $ 18. 25 and a single room is $ 36. 50.

A double room at the 100room former home of the Havelock-Allan family is £98.

If you were sleeping with me, I'd have booked a double room .

standard

No wonder this Government is so despised - Major's double standards smack of deviousness.

Patricia Schroeder of Colorado remains a cautionary symbol of the unfair double standard in the let-your-emotions-all-hang-out department.

This double standard of mores and values between attitudes to men and women was evident throughout the survey.

The double standard that divided the privileged and the poor, men and women, educated and uneducated was pervasive.

This is a double standard which fails to interpret fairly an important aspect of male-female differences.

There seem to be double standards at work here.

In practice, of course, twelfth-century society adopted a double standard on the subject.

With blatant double standards such as this, the West's claim of taking a moral and ethical stand is vacuous.

thickness

Turn out the cake and wrap in a double thickness of greaseproof and foil until ready to decorate.

They are then retained on the sail by tape made into double thickness tags.

Stand tins on a baking tray lined with a double thickness of brown paper.

The frill is obtained by sewing a channel through a double thickness of fabric below the top of the curtain.

Cut round the design through the double thickness of paper.

He pulled the double thickness of the cloak tighter around him and wondered briefly why he had not worn his hiking clothes.

For a round neck, the band can be single or double thickness but a V-neck band can only be single thickness.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

do a double take

Colleagues and friends often walked past me in the hallway, then stopped and did a double take.

He had to do a double take, bumping into a filing cabinet.

When he got to Mrs Luegerhe had never known her first name-he did a double take.

do double duty

Choose a sofa that will do double duty as a guest bed.

double-page spread/centre spread

double/triple whammy

After the double whammy of rugby in Johannesburg and rowing with Redgrave, though, I more resembled a wizened old man.

Anyway, in a showbiz double whammy the boys with the buttocks have been talking to Bryan Burnett.

Economic impudence plus political insensitivity combine to make a Kinnockian double whammy that I will vote Tory to avoid, however unenthusiastically.

In the political parlance of 1992, I suppose it might be said that Mr Platt has given himself a double whammy .

Is he aware that the Labour party will put up both - a double whammy ?

see double

Selma complained of seeing double.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Double rooms cost $80, single rooms are $50.

A double brandy, please.

a double cheeseburger

I ordered fish and a double portion of chips.

I pushed the double doors open and walked into the office.

Last year she suffered the double blow of losing her father and discovering that she had cancer.

Leave the dough in a warm place to rise until it is double in bulk.

Mortensen had a double motive for going to San Francisco: to see his kids and to apply for a job.

She's doing a double major in political science and economics.

She drove over the double yellow line and crashed head-on into a truck.

The band has just released a new double album.

The report and photographs fitted nicely onto a double page.

The room contained a double bed, a wardrobe, and a small chest of drawers.

These classes are taught over a double class period by one teacher.

You cannot park on double yellow lines.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Before talking about the types of window you can choose, let's look briefly at the question of double glazing.

During this time the best double petunias were named varieties raised from cuttings.

He helped her in a two-year battle against cancer and to come to terms with her double mastectomy.

It hopes its own order book is solid but knows that double ordering is going on in the sector.

Johnson had not scored in double figures in the first five games.

President Clinton's nomination represents a double snub say critics.

The house had a double garage which Millar turned into a study and office.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

mixed

There were four competitions: men's singles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

Because I must have been noticed, I was invited by the families to play in mixed doubles .

On Sunday play starts with the mixed doubles at 9am with the men's open singles starting at 10am.

Among the guests, with girl-friend Babs Feltus, was some one who also knows about mixed doubles - Boris Becker.

■ VERB

complete

He completed his personal Test double , by scoring six runs. 5.

Boro goalkeeper Stephen Pears has completed a notable double .

And who completed the Test double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in his last match as captain? 11.

There, Arazi asserted his superiority, prompting Corals to quote him 4-1 to complete the Kentucky-Epsom Derby double .

play

Because I must have been noticed, I was invited by the families to play in mixed doubles .

Harriet played in tennis doubles and her public school boyfriends crowded in to eat her jam tarts.

win

In 1883 she and Ann won the consolation doubles at the Northern Championships in Manchester.

Knox also won the doubles championship, teaming with Claire Curren.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a stunt double

Caroline is virtually her mother's double .

Goodrich worked as a double for John Wayne.

Hrbek led the inning with a double .

Rooms cost $95 for a double .

Three whiskeys, please - two singles and one double .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Double success at Engineering Two awards in quick succession have earned Courtaulds Engineering a gratifying safety double.

Had the ball landed, Johnson had a double or perhaps his fifth triple.

If you roll two doubles for distance then the horses collapse with exhaustion and the model is removed from the battle.

Southern League Champions, Oxford are after the double .

III. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

almost

Ospreys have been recorded annually since 1947, except in 1948, but since 1961 numbers have almost doubled .

Peristaltic garments could almost double blood flow in healthy subjects.

Imports of capital goods rose 50. 7 percent and consumer goods almost doubled in 1995, it said.

The museum is already preparing for a huge building project that will almost double its exhibition space.

The New York gallery will be expanded to almost double its present size, to19,000 square feet.

General mobilization was designed to raise the strength to 32 million, but this number was almost doubled in 1914.

If your design is in three of four colours, then the amount of memory needed is almost doubled .

back

They had doubled back and got out of the single-leaf door of the car.

The way moves cast, and then doubles back , labyrinth-like, to head north and up the stairs.

There came a time when he doubled back after the others had gone on the trail taking their cyan hardness with them.

But our dinner doubled back away from the marksmen and headed over a ridge.

He doubled back to tell Holly she had written a nice piece on Donaldson.

But Vicenza was half way from Venice to Verona, so if they did that they would all be doubling back .

effectively

In April IR35 effectively doubled my tax burden.

nearly

Average incomes have nearly doubled , from $ 1,300 to $ 2,500.

And the re-enlistment rate for first-term mechanics had nearly doubled .

The party nearly doubled its support to 21.5 percent in communal elections in Carinthia on March 10, 1991.

Their number has nearly doubled since 1947.

Illustrated fundamental problem of ownership-\#nearly doubles journeys made.

It nearly doubled his monthly wage, from $ 3. 75 to $ 6. 50.

Vehicle thefts have nearly doubled in two years.

Everyone was polite, cordial, and nearly doubled up with pain.

over

She felt her legs being secured in that position, so she was doubled over to look like a sandwich.

They were doubled over , poking at each other, making cryptic comments and bursting again into laughter.

The man doubled over and screamed.

I felt a thump against my abdomen and it became necessary to double over in order to facilitate breathing.

Carrefour faltered, doubling over as the bullet caught him just below the sternum.

Sometimes doubling over in anguish, Vega described her murdered cousin as a beautiful person who has gone to a beautiful place.

The company, whose stock market value has doubled over the past year, is currently valued at about £9700m.

By midnight I was doubled over .

roughly

This roughly doubled the number of known and treated hypertensives in the practice.

Company sales rose 15 percent last year and have roughly doubled every five years.

This roughly doubles the number of young from a spawning.

Candidates who follow the limits could receive roughly double that amount from each donor.

In the last two decades world production of electricity has roughly doubled , with the developing nations pulling towards overtaking the developed.

Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, until it has roughly doubled in size.

A techie's delight. 6 SuperStar Pro claims to roughly double the capacity of your hard disk.

Summers and Clark also discovered that unemployment insurance roughly doubles the number of people who stay unemployed for more than three months.

up

Its small form factor allows two computers, in close proximity, to double up on the 10BaseT hub.

Men can double up on all three groups.

All the grooms doubled up with laughter.

He was still doubled up and he had his head in his hands.

A good whack gives a bad ache and may even double up your opponent.

They pull the woman, who is trying to stay doubled up , towards the door.

The highlander doubled up , eyes crossed and streaming.

Everyone was polite, cordial, and nearly doubled up with pain.

virtually

With increased services the company has virtually doubled its employees from 6,500 a decade ago to more than 13,000 today.

Her sister Jean also had osteoporosis, and she was virtually doubled up when she died, aged 80.

■ NOUN

amount

Since February buyers have taken up 1.5m bales, double the amount in the same period last year.

It has just about doubled the amount of candidates.

If the Tories were elected Mr Streeter would double the amount of the bilateral aid budget that goes to the charities.

Candidates who follow the limits could receive roughly double that amount from each donor.

After this time they doubled the amount of current and found that the energy books almost balanced.

Her only other suggestion was to double the amount of vanilla, to give it a flavor boost.

bill

Energy costs have also hit hard: some mid-westerners' heating bills have nearly doubled in a year.

capacity

Expansion plans announced over the weekend will enable the company to double its manufacturing capacity .

The second generation will double that capacity .

The scheme will nearly double the seating capacity of the stadium, creating an additional 7,650 seats.

With Stacker 3.0 it's now possible to more than double your disk capacity using the package's customisable compression features.

The Morestore can be expanded by the simple addition of a module unit, which doubles the storage capacity .

The new satellite will double the country's capacity for information gathering from space.

The brewhouse he installed then is now being replicated in mirror image to double that capacity .

A techie's delight. 6 SuperStar Pro claims to roughly double the capacity of your hard disk.

cost

Equipping a plant to cope with carbon dioxide is likely to double its cost .

We are also paying less for clothes but housing and motoring have doubled in cost .

figure

By 1972, that figure had doubled to over 120,000 offences and since then there has been a steady increase.

This year, he expects that figure to double .

On the benchmark figure that is about double what it should be.

The figure , double that of the previous year, is blamed on the vast increase in the use of the internet.

At Liverpool John Moores University, the figure has doubled since 1989.

By 1957 this figure had doubled to 4 million and by 1961 had trebled to 6 million.

income

Automobile workers had doubled their incomes and expanded their skills.

Perhaps that way, he thought, he might even be able to double his income .

That sum doubles their monthly income .

Clare doubled her income overnight, and felt that she was doing a useful job.

In just one year, they had doubled their income .

market

Sharp cuts in its prices in the autumn doubled its market share, but lowered profits.

membership

Membership To double the current membership in ten years.

money

New Scientist said that the government was planning to double its money for space in the next few years.

Clever inventions and innovations that merely double your money would not make the cut anymore.

Control has almost doubled its money .

He more than doubled his money .

Bishop David has already appealed to us to double the money we give to the Church wherever we can.

number

Ospreys have been recorded annually since 1947, except in 1948, but since 1961 numbers have almost doubled .

Their number has nearly doubled since 1947.

This number is projected to double by 2021.

General mobilization was designed to raise the strength to 32 million, but this number was almost doubled in 1914.

Twenty years later the number of primaries doubled to thirty-two, electing 71 percent of the convention delegates.

Each time the cells divide, the number of cells doubles .

The number of cattle-stealing cases doubled , reaching 2,020 in 1938, five times the level reported ten years earlier.

numbers

Not only have tigers doubled in numbers , but other species and habitats have benefited.

Because it was single-sided, the groove pitch was doubled to allow two numbers on each disc.

They would double the numbers against you.

population

Between 1898 and 1930 the population of Chicago doubled , to become some three million people.

Between 1850 and 1914 population doubled , urban population tripled and national income more than tripled.

Demographers project that its population will double in size within a generation.

Combined with industrial and commercial developments, it enabled Catalonia to support a population that doubled within the eighteenth century.

price

They cost around £60a-week, but if there's been a baby boom in the area prices can double !

Food subsidies are reduced or thrown out altogether and food prices may double or triple overnight.

Imagine how many times restaurants and merchants had to change their posted prices during the inflationary 1970s, when prices almost doubled .

Price controls were lifted from 85 percent of goods, causing prices on average to double in the course of January alone.

Not only was admission going to increase, the price of popcorn was doubling to a dime.

Sharp cuts in its prices in the autumn doubled its market share, but lowered profits.

While whole bean prices more than doubled , gourmet coffee bars pushed up their prices by a far lower percentage.

profit

Thorn's shares shot ahead 20p to 848p on the news that it had almost doubled annual profits to £289.9m.

The chain of recreational-vehicle and boat stores posted fiscal 1995 earnings of 20 cents a share, doubling the year-earlier profit .

It took us three years to do it, but we changed the face of Mothercare and doubled the profits .

Exxon Mobil, Shell and Texaco have also nearly doubled profits in that period.

Harry Potter continues to spin his magic, doubling publisher Bloomsbury's profits to $ 8m.

rate

A doubling of the set-aside rate is not good news, coming at a time when every penny counts.

In 1990, Tucson had a poverty rate 40 percent higher than Phoenix and almost double the rate of Las Vegas.

Meanwhile Hughes is hoping to double his strike rate for Northern Ireland.

Last year it was increased by 20 percent across the three engine capacity bands - double the inflation rate .

A survey has shown that pocket money has increased in the past year by almost double the rate of inflation.

They will roughly double their peeking rates from 10 to 20 peeks per minute following disturbance by a cat.

sale

The Mintel report predicted sales would more than double again by the end of 2000.

Dataquest predicts that world chip sales will more than double to about $ 331 billion by the year 2000.

Soon InterCity were claiming that sales had doubled to 5 million a year.

Encouraged by friendlier tax treatment, U.K. sales could double between now and 1997.

share

Sharp cuts in its prices in the autumn doubled its market share , but lowered profits.

Lockheed Martin has said it wants to double its share of the satellite launch market to 50 percent.

size

Enterprise also plan to expand their estate by acquiring more pubs, aiming to double in size by 1996.

Cover and let rise about 1 hour or until nearly doubled in size .

Many if not most of them had doubled in size during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Cover and allow to rise until the dough has doubled in size or is cresting over the bread pans.

It covers the years of acquisition from 1986 to 1989 and almost doubles the size of the collection.

Cover and proof until doubled in size , about 45 minutes to 1 1 / 2 hours.

Now it is doubling the size of its Stelrad baths, boilers and radiators division with the Caradon purchase.

Management was planning to spend $ 1 million to double the size of the tipping floor, where the trucks unloaded.

space

The firm is also doubling its floor space as of June 15 when it adds adjacent offices in Marlborough to its plot.

By 1996, the group plans to inject £85m and double its airport retailing space .

The museum is already preparing for a huge building project that will almost double its exhibition space .

New Scientist said that the government was planning to double its money for space in the next few years.

The expansion nearly doubles the library's space .

value

Those in mint condition have doubled in value over the last two years to around £50.

Those certificates nearly doubled in value within hours after the appeals court decision was announced last summer.

If Jamie Mitchell filled his rust bucket up with petrol, it'd double the value .

But for it to get back to $ 20 it has to double in value , going up 100 percent.

Low income families would be compensated by doubling the value of child benefit over the life of a parliament.

How do you double the value of a Trabant, for instance?

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

do a double take

Colleagues and friends often walked past me in the hallway, then stopped and did a double take.

He had to do a double take, bumping into a filing cabinet.

When he got to Mrs Luegerhe had never known her first name-he did a double take.

do double duty

Choose a sofa that will do double duty as a guest bed.

double-page spread/centre spread

double/triple whammy

After the double whammy of rugby in Johannesburg and rowing with Redgrave, though, I more resembled a wizened old man.

Anyway, in a showbiz double whammy the boys with the buttocks have been talking to Bryan Burnett.

Economic impudence plus political insensitivity combine to make a Kinnockian double whammy that I will vote Tory to avoid, however unenthusiastically.

In the political parlance of 1992, I suppose it might be said that Mr Platt has given himself a double whammy .

Is he aware that the Labour party will put up both - a double whammy ?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Building costs have doubled since then.

In those thirty years, San Francisco doubled in size.

Ralph doubled up his blankets and put them at the foot of the bed.

The federal government has doubled its tax on liquor.

The number of female bank managers doubled from 104 to 208.

Welfare spending will nearly double by the year 2002.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, until it has roughly doubled in size.

Cleverly used it will double , treble, even quadruple the size.

In all the nine studies of monitoring, the number of cesarean deliveries was doubled in the group that was monitored.

In Leicester youth court, the influx of 17-year-olds has doubled the number of juvenile offenders coming before magistrates.

Quarterly losses at Freeserve, Britain's biggest internet service provider, doubled to nearly $ 27m.

So the thought of watching a film in which he doubles, triples and quadruples was frankly a most scary prospect.

The bass may however, always be doubled at the octave below if desired.

The mess deck doubles as the movie lounge, with a video library housing thousands of films.

IV. adverb

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

As Kasparov knows full well, the years count double once a chess player passes 35.

V. predeterminer

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Over 30% of marriages end in divorce, which is double the number 20 years ago.

The house is now worth double the amount we paid for it.

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