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Definitions of dual

  1. The form of the noun or verb meaning two persons or things. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities; "a double (or dual) role for an actor"; "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson; "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. a grammatical number category referring to two items or units (as opposed to one item (singular) or more than one item (plural)); "ancient Greek had the dual form but it has merged with the plural form in modern Greek" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a grammatical number category referring to two items or units as opposed to one item (singular) or more than two items (plural); "ancient Greek had the dual form but it has merged with the plural form in modern Greek" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. Expressing or composed of the number two. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Denoting or relating to two; twofold. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Dualistic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Expressing the number two. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. In some languages, as the Greek and the Arabic, there is a dual number, which denotes two, or a pair; but in ours, this property of words, or class of modifications, extends no farther than to distinguish unity from plurality, and plurality from unity. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  2. We are not in the habit of looking on twenty as the plural or dual of ten. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
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