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duplex

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adjective du·plex \ˈdü-ˌpleks also ˈdyü-\

Definition of duplex

  1. 1 a :  having two principal elements or parts :  double, twofold b :  having two complementary polynucleotide strands of DNA or of DNA and RNA

  2. 2 :  allowing telecommunication in opposite directions simultaneously

Examples of duplex in a sentence

  1. <a duplex apartment with all of the bedrooms on the second floor>

Did You Know?

Duplex can describe a confusing variety of things, depending on the technical field. Most of us use it as a noun: a duplex can be either a two-family house or a two-story apartment. In computer science and telecommunications, duplex (or full-duplex) communication can go in both directions at once, while half-duplex communication can go only one way at a time. In other areas, just translate duplex as "double" and see if the sentence makes sense.

Origin and Etymology of duplex

Latin, from duo two + -plex -fold — more at two, -fold


First Known Use: 1567

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duplex

verb du·plex

Definition of duplex

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make duplex

1833

First Known Use of duplex

1833

Other Computer-Related Terms


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duplex

noun du·plex

Definition of duplex

  1. :  something duplex: as a :  a 2-family house b :  duplex apartment c :  a duplex molecule of DNA or of RNA and DNA

Examples of duplex in a sentence

  1. We live in the brick duplex.

1922

First Known Use of duplex

1922


DUPLEX Defined for English Language Learners


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noun du·plex

Definition of duplex for English Language Learners

  • : a building that is divided into two separate homes

  • : an apartment with two floors


DUPLEX Defined for Kids

duplex

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noun du·plex \ˈdü-ˌpleks, ˈdyü-\

Definition of duplex for Students

  1. :  a house with two separate living spaces


Medical Dictionary

duplex

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noun du·plex \ˈd(y)ü-ˌpleks\

Medical Definition of duplex

  1. :  a molecule having two complementary polynucleotide strands of DNA or of DNA and RNA

duplex

adjective


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