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double indemnity a provision in a life or accident insurance policy that twice the face value of the contract will be paid in the event of accidental death.
double jeopardy the prosecution of a person for an offense for which he or she has already been tried.
double-jointed having joints that will bend freely and at unusual angles.
double-knit a fabric, usu. synthetic, knit on a machine with two sets of needles so that, as the two single-knit fabrics are produced, they are also woven together to form a double thickness. [2 definitions]
double negative the use of two negative words in one sentence, considered substandard when intended to express a single negation.
double-park to park (a vehicle) alongside another that is parked parallel to the curb.
double play in baseball, a single play in which two players are put out.
double pneumonia pneumonia that affects both lungs.
double-quick very quick. [4 definitions]
double-reed of, pertaining to, or designating any woodwind instrument that sounds by means of a pair of reeds that vibrate against each other. [2 definitions]
double sharp a musical sign placed before a note, indicating that its pitch is to be raised by two semitones.
doubles minus one in mathematics education, involving the addition of consecutive numbers by doubling the larger number and subtracting one.
double-space to type leaving a blank line after each line of text or copy.
doublespeak obscure or confusing language, esp. when intentionally used.
doubles plus one in mathematics education, involving the addition of consecutive numbers by doubling the smaller number and adding one.
double standard any standard set of principles or code of behavior applied in such a way that one group is favored over another, such as men over women or whites over blacks.
double-stop to produce two notes simultaneously on a stringed instrument, such as the violin, by drawing the bow across two strings at once. [2 definitions]
doublet a snug jacket, sometimes sleeveless and sometimes having a short skirt, worn by men during the Renaissance. [4 definitions]
double take a sudden second look or other delayed reaction indicating that the real significance of a sight, remark, or situation has just been understood.
double-talk ambiguous language meant to deceive people or evade problems or issues. [3 definitions]
doublethink the simultaneous acceptance of two contradictory statements.