(Dot"trel) n. (Zoöl.) See Dotterel.
(Do"ty) a. [See Dottard.] Half-rotten; as, doty timber. [Local, U. S.]
(||Dou`ane") n. [F.] A customhouse.
(||Dou`a"nier") n. [F.] An officer of the French customs. [Anglicized form douaneer.]
(Dou"ar) n. [F., fr. Ar. dar.] A village composed of Arab tents arranged in streets.
(Dou"ay Bi"ble) [From Douay, or Douai, a town in France.] A translation of the Scriptures
into the English language for the use of English-speaking Roman Catholics; done from the Latin Vulgate
by English scholars resident in France. The New Testament portion was published at Rheims, A. D.
1582, the Old Testament at Douai, A. D. 1609-10. Various revised editions have since been published.
[Written also Doway Bible. Called also the Rheims and Douay version.]
(Doub" grass`) (Bot.) Doob grass.
(Dou"ble) a. [OE. doble, duble, double, OF. doble, duble, double, F. double, fr. L. duplus,
fr. the root of duo two, and perh. that of plenus full; akin to Gr. diplo`os double. See Two, and Full,
and cf. Diploma, Duple.]
1. Twofold; multiplied by two; increased by its equivalent; made twice as large or as much, etc.
Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.2 Kings ii. 9.
Darkness and tempest make a double night.Dryden.
2. Being in pairs; presenting two of a kind, or two in a set together; coupled.
[Let] The swan, on still St. Mary's lake,Wordsworth.
Float double, swan and shadow.
3. Divided into two; acting two parts, one openly and the other secretly; equivocal; deceitful; insincere.
With a double heart do they speak.Ps. xii. 2.
4. (Bot.) Having the petals in a flower considerably increased beyond the natural number, usually as
the result of cultivation and the expense of the stamens, or stamens and pistils. The white water lily and
some other plants have their blossoms naturally double.
Double is often used as the first part of a compound word, generally denoting two ways, or twice the
number, quantity, force, etc., twofold, or having two.
Double base, or Double bass (Mus.), the largest and lowest-toned instrument in the violin form; the
contrabasso or violone. Double convex. See under Convex. Double counterpoint (Mus.),
that species of counterpoint or composition, in which two of the parts may be inverted, by setting one
of them an octave higher or lower. Double court (Lawn Tennis), a court laid out for four players,
two on each side. Double dagger (Print.), a reference mark (&Dagger) next to the dagger (&dagger)
in order; a diesis. Double drum (Mus.), a large drum that is beaten at both ends. Double
eagle, a gold coin of the United States having the value of 20 dollars. - - Double entry. See under
Bookkeeping. Double floor (Arch.), a floor in which binding joists support flooring joists above and
ceiling joists below. See Illust. of Double-framed floor. Double flower. See Double, a., 4.
Double-framed floor (Arch.), a double floor having girders into which the binding joists are framed. - -
Double fugue (Mus.), a fugue on two subjects. Double letter. (a) (Print.) Two letters on
one shank; a ligature. (b) A mail requiring double postage. Double note (Mus.), a note of double
the length of the semibreve; a breve. See Breve. Double octave (Mus.), an interval composed of