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adjective Nautical.
  1. (of a vessel) having two screw propellers, which usually revolve in opposite directions.
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Origin of twin-screw

First recorded in 1860–65
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Historical Examples of twin-screw

  • If he will not look with his whole being at a twin-screw steamer, he will not see it.

    The Voice of the Machines

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • The twin-screw liner, Fruitlands,—do you really want the first?

  • The best steamers, therefore, are fitted with the twin-screw propeller.

    The Story of Great Inventions

    Elmer Ellsworth Burns

  • On this little machine the twin-screw propellers, 8-1/2 feet in diameter, sweep practically the whole width of the machine.

  • Not so the twin-screw ship; for on such ships the screws can be used for steering as well as propelling.

British Dictionary definitions for twin-screw


  1. (of a vessel) having two propellers
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