Dou"ble, n. 1. Twice as much; twice the number, sum, quantity, length, value, and the like.
If the thief be found, let him pay double.Ex. xxii. 7.
2. Among compositors, a doublet (see Doublet, 2.); among pressmen, a sheet that is twice pulled, and blurred.
3. That which is doubled over or together; a doubling; a plait; a fold.
Rolled up in sevenfold doubleMarston.
4. 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.Addison.
5. 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.Atlantic Monthly.
6. 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
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7. Double beer; strong beer.
(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.
(Lawn Tennis) A game between two pairs of players; as, a first prize for
(Mus.) An old term for a variation, as in Bach's Suites.
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