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Double, Dowble, v. Also: doubil(e, -ill, dowbill, dobbill. [ME. double, doubli (c 1290), doble, OF. doubler, dobler. See also Duble v.]

1. intr. To increase twofold. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1731.
At the nycht the tempestis stout Dowbled and worthit ay mor & mor
?1438 Alex. ii. 1424.
Quha hes hart hardy and gude, Strenth him doubilles in mane and mude
1456 Hay II. 107/11.
The honour and worschip doublis ay agayn to thé

2. tr. To make double in amount, etc.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 307.
For till escheve gret thingis … That suld ger his price dowblyt be
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6688.
Gif thow be tayne to presone, Than sall thow dowbyll mé thi ransone
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 377.
That dowblit his pane
Ib. 477.
Sen thy weiping dowbillis bot thy wo
1513 Doug. i. xi. 107.
The gyld and ryot Tyrryanys dowblit for joy
Ib. xi. xiii. 107.
Scho dowblit on hir dyntis
1551 Acts II. 485/2.
This pane to be dowblit
1621 Ib. IV. 681/1.
Dowbland the samyn fewferme att the entrie of the air
(b) 1482 Thanes of Cawdor 66.
The perty brekand sall doubill the mareage forsaid of fyw hundreth merkis
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 319/20.
The spreit of Hely was doublit in his disciple
1513 Doug. xii. xii. 48.
Rowtis thik thai doublit, dynt for dynt
1568 Pref. Lyndesay 10.
Sumtymes als mony [lines will] abound, and be doublit
a1578 Pitsc. I. 230/9.
The Scottis men … doublit thair straikis wpoun the Inglischmen
(c) 1608 Dundonald Par. Rec. 163.
Ay dobbilling the penaltie as [they] proceid in contemp and dissobedience

3. To line or overlay (a garment, etc.). 1492 Treas. Acc. I. 203.
For … blak sattin to dowbill that gowne and a jacat
1566 Fleming Q. Mary 499.
Twentie four elnis of fustean to mak tuay mattis and tuay bowsteris. Nyn elne of camves to dowbill thame

4. To make false or deceitful. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 10453.
Be that not trew but faill, Ȝe fault to me, and dowbillis to me ȝour taill

5. To make a duplicate or copy of. 1425 Liber Dryburgh 277.
The trew coppie of the principall dowbled over by me
1622-6 Bisset II. 2/1.
This extract … wes dowbled or copied be ane chaiplane
1673 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. IV. 44.
Iohn Alexander … having caused dowble the said papers [etc.]
1684 Stirling B. Rec. II. 43.
To take out of the boill the haill accountis, double the samin [etc.]

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