Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To double.
  • intransitive verb To arrange in pairs.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To make into a geminate.
  • intransitive verb To occur in pairs.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To become a geminate.
  • adjective Forming a pair; doubled.
  • noun A long or doubled consonant sound, such as the tt in the Italian word sotto or the nn in the English word thinness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To double.
  • To become double.
  • Twin; combined in pairs; binate.

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

  • adjective (Bot.) In pairs or twains; two together; binate; twin.
  • transitive verb rare To double.

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

  • adjective Forming a pair.
  • verb To arrange in pairs.
  • verb To occur in pairs.

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

  • noun a doubled or long consonant
  • verb form by reduplication
  • verb arrange in pairs
  • verb occur in pairs
  • verb arrange or combine in pairs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin gemināre, gemināt-, from geminus, twin.]

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From Latin geminātus, perfect passive participle of geminō ("I double").

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