double-edged


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dou·ble-edged

(dŭb′əl-ĕjd′)
adj.
1. Having two cutting edges: a double-edged blade.
2.
a. Effective or capable of being interpreted in two ways: double-edged praise.
b. Having a dual purpose: combat troops with a double-edged mission.

double-edged

adj
1. acting in two ways; having a dual effect: a double-edged law.
2. (of a remark, argument, etc) having two possible interpretations, esp applicable both for and against or being really malicious though apparently innocuous
3. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (of a sword, knife, etc) having a cutting edge on either side of the blade

dou′ble-edged′



adj.
1. having two cutting edges, as an ax.
2. capable of acting in two ways or having opposite effects or interpretations: a double-edged remark.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.double-edged - capable of being interpreted in two usually contradictory ways; "double-edged praise"
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
Translations

double-edged

[ˈdʌblˈedʒd] ADJ [remark] → con segundas
it's a double-edged swordes un arma de doble filo

double-edged

[ˌdʌblˈɛdʒd] adj (remark) → a doppio taglio
References in classic literature ?
he replied, pulling from his waistcoat a curiously- constructed pistol, having a double-edged spring knife attached to the barrel.
In his girdle he wore a long and double-edged dagger, which was the only offensive weapon about his person.
Violent without craftiness, and furious without malice, one may imagine him seated masterfully with a double-edged sword on his knees upon the painted and gilt clouds of the sunset, bowing his shock head of golden locks, a flaming beard over his breast, imposing, colossal, mighty-limbed, with a thundering voice, distended cheeks and fierce blue eyes, urging the speed of his gales.
And the royal master of high latitudes sighs mightily, with the sinking sun upon his breast and the double-edged sword upon his knees, as if wearied by the innumerable centuries of a strenuous rule and saddened by the unchangeable aspect of the ocean under his feet - by the endless vista of future ages where the work of sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind shall go on and on till his realm of living waters becomes a frozen and motionless ocean.
In his kingly way he has taken but little account of lives sacrificed to his impulsive policy; he is a king with a double-edged sword bared in his right hand.
Achilles next offered a prize of iron for archery--ten double-edged axes and ten with single edges: he set up a ship's mast, some way off upon the sands, and with a fine string tied a pigeon to it by the foot; this was what they were to aim at.
Meriones, therefore, took all ten double-edged axes, while Teucer bore off the single-edged ones to his ships.
By his side was a heavy broadsword and a sharp, double-edged dagger.
Then, when Little John stood against the tree, he drew Guy of Gisbourne's sharp, double-edged dagger.
The rider sat astride of a saddle, as in the Butteridge machine, and he carried a large double-edged two-handed sword, in addition to his explosive-bullet firing rifle.
The double-edged Bose tools are indistinguishable from those in Africa and southern Asia, he contends.
However, Millennium Auction's satire is also double-edged, making vicious fun of the computer world.