Definition of double dot in US English:

double dot


  • (in musical composition or transcription) two dots placed side by side after a note to indicate that it is to be lengthened by three quarters of its value.

    • ‘It quickly progresses to syncopation, eighth and sixteenth notes and rests, compound meter, and even explores double dots, odd tuplets, and irregular and shifting meters.’


[with object]
  • Write or perform (music) with a rhythm of alternating long and short notes in a ratio of approximately seven to one, producing a more marked effect than ordinary dotted rhythm.

    ‘some may feel at times that the double-dotting is being a little overdone’
    • ‘The convention in the dotted-rhythm section is to "double-dot" the rhythms, making the shorter notes shorter still, and giving them more "snap."’