from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Very quick; rapid.
  • noun A marching cadence; double time.
  • intransitive & transitive verb To double-time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Milit., in double-quick step: as, we were marching double-quick.
  • noun Milit., the quickest step next to the run, consisting of 165 steps to the minute, each 33 inches long. Also double-time.
  • Performed in the time of the double-quick; pertaining to or in conformity with the double-quick: as, double-quick step.
  • Very quick or hurried: as, he disappeared in double-quick time.
  • Milit., to march in double-quick step.
  • Milit., to cause to march in double-quick step: as, the colonel double-quicked them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Mil.) Of, or performed in, the fastest time or step in marching, next to the run.
  • noun Double-quick time, step, or march.
  • verb (Mil.) To move, or cause to move, in double-quick time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The double time, a marching cadence (pace) approaching running speed.
  • verb intransitive To double-time, march (or rather run) at the above speedy pace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of a marching cadence) very quick
  • adverb at a faster speed


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  • This adjectival term is also employed as a noun and as an adverb in the example sentences.

    March 13, 2013