dual

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

Definition of dual 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 of grammatical number : denoting reference to two a dual pronoun

2a : consisting of two parts or elements or having two like parts : double families with dual incomes held dual citizenship in France and the U.S. a dual function a dual exhaust system

b : having a double character or nature

dual

noun

Definition of dual (Entry 2 of 2)

linguistics

1 : the dual (see dual entry 1 sense 1) number of a language

2 : a linguistic form in the dual

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Other Words from dual

Adjective

dually \-ə(l)-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for dual

Synonyms: Adjective

binary, bipartite, double, double-barreled, double-edged, duplex, twin, twofold

Antonyms: Adjective

single

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Examples of dual in a Sentence

Adjective

the dual purpose of the study She pursued dual careers in music and acting.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Saturday Night Fever followed the dual life of Travolta’s character; a star on the discotheque dance floor but a working-class man with a dead-end job and an unsupportive family back at home. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pizza Inferno: John Travolta Channels Saturday Night Fever at Brooklyn Event in His Honor," 13 June 2018 Black immigrants face the dual threat of bias in the criminal-justice system and cruelty in the immigration and deportation system. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 Kentucky’s defense – like most teams -- has been particularly prone to struggles against dual-threat quarterbacks like Jackson in recent years, so being able to worry less about the quarterback run with Pass under center could be key. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Louisville in 2018," 13 July 2018 The position has its share of agile, seam-busting receivers and more traditional dual-threat blockers and pass-catchers. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 2018 The dual graduation of Loon and Wing—both big, ambitious, projects—marks a watershed for X and perhaps the moment when the secretive research and design division starts to make good on its mission. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Trump, a proud graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was also impressed with Kavanaugh's dual undergraduate and law degrees from Yale. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The car pulls intake air from three sources, including a new dual-snorkel hood and driver-side air catcher headlamp and inlet near the wheel liner, the release said. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Dodge unveils 797-horsepower, 200 mph Hellcat Redeye," 28 June 2018 The capital is Havana. ___ MONEY: There is a dual-currency system featuring one type of Cuban peso worth 4 cents and another that is nearly a dollar. Fox News, "A look at Cuba at a time of political transition," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Broadcasts: All duals will be shown live on WIAA.TV, a subscription service. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state team wrestling preview," 1 Mar. 2018 After coming up short in the state duals, Riverdale has been getting ready for a state title run in the IBT. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Class 2A state tournament preview and predictions," 28 Feb. 2018 Walker, who was named the coach of the year last week by the NWCA, was honored after the Braves won two team state titles this season — the first duals title and the IBT title to end the season. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Joey Silva is Mr. Wrestling and Lake Gibson's Walker wins another award," 8 May 2018 The Owls went undefeated in their conference duals, and Saturday ran away with the title at the conference meet at Cedarburg despite the absence of three starters because of this or that. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Short-handed Slinger wrestlers roll to North Shore title," 3 Feb. 2018 Alexander won its first duals and second traditional title in Class AAAAAA last year, and the Cougars are back on a championship pace in 2018. AJC.com, "Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals," 14 Jan. 2018 Hale, which shared the regular-season duals title with Menomonee Falls and Germantown, settled for third as a team in the tourney standings, logging 185.5 points and just finishing shy of Menomonee Falls (199) and Germantown (192.5). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis Hale's Peyton Mocco caps off fourth consecutive Greater Metro title," 5 Feb. 2018 Glenelg has flirted with wrestling dominance, reaching the state duals finals in 2008 and 2010 before winning its only state title in 2011. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "2017-18 All-Metro wrestling Coach of the Year: Matt Bichner, Glenelg," 9 Apr. 2018 Locust Grove, Ola and Cass are all looking to dethrone the Wolves, who won their second duals title last season. AJC.com, "Dynasties at stake in 2018 state duals," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dual

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dual

Adjective

Latin dualis, from duo two — more at two

Noun

see dual entry 1

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dual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dual

: having two different parts, uses, etc.

: having two of something

dual

adjective
du·al | \ˈdü-əl, ˈdyü-\

Kids Definition of dual

1 : having two different parts or aspects Trees have a dual function of providing beauty and shade.

2 : having two like parts The car has dual airbags.

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