Definition of "dual" []

  • Composed of two usually like or complementary parts; double: dual controls for pilot and copilot; a car with dual exhaust pipes. (adjective)
  • Having a double character or purpose: a belief in the dual nature of reality. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being a number category that indicates two persons or things, as in Greek, Sanskrit, and Old English. (adjective)
  • Grammar The dual number. (noun)
  • Grammar An inflected form of a noun, adjective, pronoun, or verb used with two items or people. (noun)
  • Relating to or denoting two (adjective)

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  • Twofold; double (adjective)
  • (in the grammar of Old English, Ancient Greek, and certain other languages) denoting a form of a word indicating that exactly two referents are being referred to (adjective)
  • (of structures or expressions) having the property that the interchange of certain pairs of terms, and usually the distribution of negation, yields equivalent structures or expressions (adjective)
  • The dual number (noun)
  • A dual form of a word (noun)
  • To make (a road) into a dual carriageway (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dual" in a sentence
  • "Yet he wrote a good deal about empire and coined the term "dual mandate" to describe British policy."
  • "For two years he barely mentioned it, but today he actually used the phrase "dual mandate" - twice!"
  • "UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She ` d be eligible for what we call dual jurisdiction."