- 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
- 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.
- twin bed.
- 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.
- 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.
- to give birth to twins.
- to be paired or coupled.
Origin of twin1
Related Wordsmarry, mate, combine, join, wed, couple, unite, twin, bracket, yoke, team, balance, match
Examples from the Web for 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 Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
The second method, known as “twinning” or “parting,” avoids this loss and is also more rapid.
- 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
- 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 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."
- 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.
- 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.