the bearing of two children at one birth.
the coupling of two persons or things; union.
Crystallography. the union of crystals to form a twin.
Origin of twinning
First recorded in 1565–75; twin1
either of two children or animals brought forth at a birth.
either of two persons or things closely related to or closely resembling each other.
Also called twin room. a type of hotel accommodation with twin beds, for occupancy by two persons.Compare double(def 13). Also called hemitrope. Crystallography. a compound crystal consisting of two or more parts or crystals definitely oriented each to the other; macle.
Twins, Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Gemini.
being a twin or twins: twin sisters.
being two persons or things closely related to or closely resembling each other.
being one of a pair; identical: a twin bracelet; a twin peak.
consisting of two similar parts or elements joined or connected: a twin vase.
Botany, Zoology. occurring in pairs; didymous.
Crystallography. of the nature of a twin; hemitrope.
twofold or double.
verb (used with object), twinned, twin·ning.
to bring together in close relationship; pair; couple.
to furnish a counterpart to or a replica of; match.
Informal. to divide or convert into two, parts, similar items, etc.: The old movie palace will be twinned, making two smaller theaters.
Informal. to link or combine with: The new grocery store is twinned with a restaurant.
Crystallography. to form into a twin.
Obsolete. to give birth to as twins.
verb (used without object), twinned, twin·ning.
to give birth to twins.
to be paired or coupled.
Origin of twin1
before 900; Middle English; Old English twinn (adj.), getwinn (noun and adj.); akin to Old Frisian twīne, Old Norse tvinnr double, Gothic twaihnai
verb (used with or without object), twinned, twin·ning. Scot.
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Related Words for twinningmarry
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Historical Examples of twinning
Like labradorite it usually exhibits on the surface of easiest cleavage parallel striations due to twinning structure.
But by far the most important kind of regular conjunction of crystals is that known as “twinning.”
This twinning may be produced by pressure acting either during the crystallization of the rock or at a later period.
In families where twinning is frequent, bodily deformities likewise occur with frequency.
The plate of material is rather wider than before, and is formed into two combs simultaneously, by the aid of a twinning machine.
British Dictionary definitions for twinning
- either of two persons or things that are identical or very similar; counterpart
- (as modifier)twin carburettors
Also called: macle a crystal consisting of two parts each of which has a definite orientation to the other
verb twins, twinning or twinned
Derived Formstwinning, noun
to pair or be paired together; couple
(intr) to bear twins
(intr) (of a crystal) to form into a twin
(intr) archaic to be born as a twin
- to create a reciprocal relation between (two towns in different countries); pair (a town) with another in a different country
- (intr)(of a town) to be paired with a town in a different country
Word Origin for twin
Old English twinn; related to Old High German zwiniling twin, Old Norse tvinnr double
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Word Origin and History for twinning
Old English twinn "consisting of two, twofold, double," probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic *twinjaz (cf. Old Norse tvinnr, Old Danish tvinling, Dutch tweeling, German zwillung), from PIE *dwisno- (cf. Latin bini "two each," Lithuanian dvynu "twins"), from *dwi- "double," from root *dwo- "two" (see two). The verb meaning "to combine two things closely" is recorded from late 14c. The noun developed from Old English getwinn "double."
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The bearing of twins.
A pairing or union of two similar or identical objects.
One of two offspring born at the same birth.
Being two or one of two offspring born at the same birth.
Consisting of two identical or similar parts; double.
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One of two offspring born of a single gestation. Identical twins result from the division of a fertilized egg. Fraternal twins result from the fertilization of two separate eggs at the same time.
A crystal structure consisting of two intergrown crystals that are mirror images of each other. Mineral twins can form as result of defective crystal growth in response to stress from rock deformation or during magma cooling.
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