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Definition for Twi (2 of 2)
Origin of twi-
WORDS THAT USE TWI-
What does twi- mean?
Twi- isn’t productive in English today, with two, twin, and twice variously combined with words to do the former work of twi-. Combining forms derived from other languages, such as bi- or di-, are widely used, especially in technical terms.
Examples of twi-
One example of a common word that features twi- is twilight, “the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.” The word is first recorded in Middle English.
The word twilight combines twi-, meaning “two,” and light. But why this kind of light or period of day has a literal sense of “two or twice light” is uncertain. Some suppose it’s because twilight happens two times a day; others suggest that the twi- in the word has the sense of “half” (as if cut “in two”), alluding to the softer quality of this light.
What are some words that use the combining form twi-?
What are some other forms that twi- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters twi- is necessarily using the combining forming twi- to denote “two,” such as twiddle, twirl, or twitch. Fiddle around with their history and meaning at our entries for the words.
Break it down!
A twibill is an archaic word for a kind of battle-ax, bill here being an old word meaning “sword.” How many blades does such an ax have?
Example sentences from the Web for Twi
So Twi-hards fear not, a brooding perfume commercial might still be headed your way.Evan Rachel Wood Marries in Carolina Herrera; Anderson Cooper's Hurricane Sandy Fashion|The Fashion Beast Team|November 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A sensation that can only be called Twi-Hardish swept over me: This was an honor, damn it!
Once (on-es); twice (twi-es); thrice (thri-es) are numerals in the genitive case.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
Why, with such a shed, you might very well be mistaken for Chin-ko-fi-ku-o, high-priest of the temple of Twi.