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doubling Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun increase by a factor of two
    • doubling with a computer took no time at all
  2. noun raising the stakes in a card game by a factor of 2
    • I decided his double was a bluff
  3. verb increase twofold
    double; duplicate.
    • The population doubled within 50 years
  4. verb hit a two-base hit
  5. verb bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
    double up; double; double over.
    • He doubled and vomited violently
  6. verb do double duty; serve two purposes or have two functions
    • She doubles as his wife and secretary
  7. verb bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
  8. verb make or do or perform again
    double; duplicate; repeat; replicate; reduplicate.
    • He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick

Dou"bling noun
  1. The act of one that doubles; a making double; reduplication; also, that which is doubled.
  2. A turning and winding; as, the doubling of a hunted hare; shift; trick; artifice. Dryden.
  3. (Her.) The lining of the mantle borne about the shield or escutcheon.
  4. The process of redistilling spirits, to improve the strength and flavor.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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