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Definition of DUPLEX

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Duplex \Du"plex\, a. [L., fr. duo two + plicare to fold. See {Two}, and {Complex}.]
     1. Double; twofold.
        [1913 Webster]

     2. (Computers) organized so that data may be transmitted in two opposite directions over the same channel; -- of communications channels, such as data transfer lines between computers. [PJC]

     {Duplex escapement}, a peculiar kind of watch escapement, in which the scape-wheel has two sets of teeth. See {Escapement}.

     {Duplex lathe}, one for turning off, screwing, and surfacing, by means of two cutting tools, on opposite sides of the piece operated upon.

     {Duplex pumping engine}, a steam pump in which two steam cylinders are placed side by side, one operating the valves of the other.

     {Duplex querela} [L., double complaint] (Eccl. Law), a complaint in the nature of an appeal from the ordinary to his immediate superior, as from a bishop to an archbishop.
        --Mozley & W.

     {Duplex telegraphy}, a system of telegraphy for sending two messages over the same wire simultaneously.

     {Duplex watch}, one with a duplex escapement.

     {half duplex} (Computers)
        (a) arranged so that the information may be transmitted in both directions, but only in one direction at a time;
            -- of communications channels between computers; contrasted with {full duplex(a)}. (b) arranged so that the information transmitted to the remote computer also appears on the local terminal; -- of communications channels between computers; contrasted with {full duplex(b)}.

     {full duplex}, (Computers)
        (a) arranged so that the information may be transmitted in both directions simultaneously; -- of communications channels between computers; contrasted with {half duplex(a)}. (b) arranged so that the information transmitted to the remote computer does not appear on the local terminal;
            -- of communications channels between computers; contrasted with {half duplex(b)}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Duplex \Du"plex\, v. t. [See {Duplex}, a.] (Teleg.) To arrange, as a telegraph line, so that two messages may be transmitted simultaneously; to equip with a duplex telegraphic outfit. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

duplex \du"plex\, n. [See {Duplex}, a.]
     1. something which is duplex; -- used mostly in reference to a living unit, such as an apartment, in a building having two similar living units. [PJC]

     2. (Biology, Genetics) a double-stranded region in a nucleic acid molecule. See {deoxyribonucleic acid}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

49 Moby Thesaurus words for "duplex":
     Janus-like, ambidextrous, apartment house, bifacial, bifold, biform, bifurcated, bilateral, binary, binate, biparous, bipartisan, bipartite, bivalent, condominium, conduplicate, cooperative apartment house, dichotomous, disomatous, double, double-barreled, double-faced, duadic, dual, dualistic, duple, duplex house, duplicate, duplicated, dyadic, flats, geminate, geminated, high-rise apartment building, identical, matched, second, secondary, tenement, twain, twin, twinned, two, two-faced, two-level, two-ply, two-sided, two-story, twofold


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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