Definitions for: Twin


[n] a duplicate copy
[n] a waterfall in the Snake River in southern Idaho
[n] (astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Gemini
[n] either of two offspring born at the same time from the same pregnancy
[adj] very similar
[v] give birth to twins
[v] grow as twins, of crystals
[v] bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
[v] duplicate or match; "The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse"



Webster (1913) Definition: Twin, a. [OE. twin double, AS. getwinne two and two, pl.,
twins; akin to D. tweeling a twin, G. zwilling, OHG.
zwiniling, Icel. tvennr, tvinnr, two and two, twin, and to
AS. twi- two. See Twice, Two.]
1. Being one of two born at a birth; as, a twin brother or
sister.

2. Being one of a pair much resembling one another; standing
the relation of a twin to something else; -- often
followed by to or with. --Shak.

3. (Bot.) Double; consisting of two similar and corresponding
parts.

4. (Crystallog.) Composed of parts united according to some
definite law of twinning. See Twin, n., 4.

Twin boat, or Twin ship (Naut.), a vessel whose deck and
upper works rest on two parallel hulls.

Twin crystal. See Twin, n., 4.

Twin flower (Bot.), a delicate evergreen plant ({Linn[ae]a
borealis}) of northern climates, which has pretty,
fragrant, pendulous flowers borne in pairs on a slender
stalk.

Twin-screw steamer, a steam vessel propelled by two screws,
one on either side of the plane of the keel.


Twin, n.
1. One of two produced at a birth, especially by an animal
that ordinarily brings forth but one at a birth; -- used
chiefly in the plural, and applied to the young of beasts
as well as to human young.

2. pl. (Astron.) A sign and constellation of the zodiac;
Gemini. See Gemini.

3. A person or thing that closely resembles another.

4. (Crystallog.) A compound crystal composed of two or more
crystals, or parts of crystals, in reversed position with
reference to each other.

Note: The relative position of the parts of a twin may be
explained by supposing one part to be revolved 180[deg]
about a certain axis (called the twinning axis), this
axis being normal to a plane (called the twinning
plane) which is usually one of the fundamental planes
of the crystal. This revolution brings the two parts
into parallel position, or vice versa. A contact twin
is one in which the parts are united by a plane
surface, called the composition face, which is usually
the same as the twinning plane. A penetration twin is
one in which the parts interpenetrate each other, often
very irregularly. Twins are also called, according to
form, cruciform, geniculated, etc.


Twin, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Twinned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Twinning.]
1. To bring forth twins. --Tusser.

2. To be born at the same birth. --Shak.


Twin, v. t.
1. To cause to be twins, or like twins in any way. --Shak.

Still we moved Together, twinned, as horse's ear and
eye. --Tennyson.

2. To separate into two parts; to part; to divide; hence, to
remove; also, to strip; to rob. [Obs.]

The life out of her body for to twin. --Chaucer.


Twin, v. i.
To depart from a place or thing. [Obs.] ``Ere that we farther
twin.'' --Chaucer.

Synonyms: counterpart, couple, duplicate, Gemini, match, mate, pair, parallel, siamese, similar, similitude, Twin Falls

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