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

There's also a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that works sans torque convertor, which Acura says improves its efficiency. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 Another global priority should be finding ways to regulate dual-use gene synthesis technologies. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, because that could have been a nice dual use. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "How Local Businessman Bruce Mandell Brought Pro Soccer To Hartford," 13 July 2018 Even the famed Porsche 911, with its excellent PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, has a manual take rate of just 20 percent. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "The shift is on: Manual transmissions may be endangered but they're also beloved," 11 July 2018 Word has it that the GT500 will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission and possibly the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic from the GT supercar, but word isn’t always correct. Fox News, "Look out below!..At the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500," 25 May 2018 Transmission: 6-speed automatic (2.0 engine); 7-speed EcoShift dual-clutch automatic (1.6 engine). G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "All-new Kona: Small crossover joins Hyundai lineup, starts at $19,500," 5 May 2018 His departure will make for another intriguing quarterback derby beginning in spring practice between Fields, a dual-threat player with a big arm, and fleet Tate Martell, who already has two years playing under Day’s tutelage. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft," 7 Jan. 2019 In quantum mechanics, electrons and all other particles possess a dual nature; each is both a particle and a wave. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018

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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 and Noun

Latin dualis, from duo two — more at two

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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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