Definition of double time in English:

double time

Syllabification: dou·ble time

noun

  • 1A rate of pay equal to double the standard rate, sometimes paid for working on holidays or outside normal working hours.
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    • In addition, eligible employees who do work on the holiday are paid time-and-a-half for the first 11 hours and double time after 11 hours.
    • Though it wasn't compulsory, everyone got a paid three-week holiday or bank holiday double time and days in lieu.
    • But even double time wages were not enough to entice many workers to put themselves at risk, given the inadequacies of the resources that remained.
  • 2 Military A regulation running pace.
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    • The patrol, at any given time, would pick up a double time for a short duration and, at times, change the logical direction of its movement to prevent being targeted or trailed.
    • In the hours after the first quake in January, they marched in double time through devastated streets of Las Colinas, a neighborhood of Santa Tecla, carrying shovels across their chests like rifles.
  • 3 Music A rhythm that is twice as fast as an earlier one.
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    • In the middle of the track, however, the drum beat goes into double time and races the track to a very satisfying conclusion.
    • The song ‘Stay,’ for example, has a great drum buildup to the finale with a slow, wailing horn solo and double time guitar and bass parts propelling it along.
    • The sound and music remains faithful to the MK tradition, and has retained the double time music for the final lap to add tension.

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