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dual

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adjective du·al \ˈdü(-ə)l also ˈdyü-əl\

Simple Definition of dual

  • : having two different parts, uses, etc.

  • : having two of something

Full Definition of dual

  1. 1 of grammatical number :  denoting reference to two

  2. 2 a :  consisting of two parts or elements or having two like parts :  double b :  having a double character or nature

du·al·ly play \-ə(l)-lē\ adverb

Examples of dual

  1. the dual purpose of the study

  2. She pursued dual careers in music and acting.



Origin of dual

Latin dualis, from duo two — more at two


First Known Use: 1597

Rhymes with dual


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dual

noun du·al

Definition of dual

  1. 1 :  the dual number of a language

  2. 2 :  a linguistic form in the dual



1650

First Known Use of dual

1650



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