- 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 Words for twinslikeness, reciprocal, double, clone, look-alike, corollary, companion, counterpart, duplicate, mate, ringer, coordinate, doppelganger, match
Examples from the Web for twins
Contemporary Examples of twins
I was pregnant, uncomfortably so, for the first time and with twins, due the following March.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
For now, Sabrine continues her daily routine of visits to the protest camp, to political leaders and taking care of the twins.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
The twins themselves, played beautifully by Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, are our inner voice and outer voice, says Condon.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
The McCanns say they are desperately worried about the safety of their nine-year old twins who are often subjects of online abuse.Outed Madeleine McCann Troll Kills Herself. But Millions Live On Online.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 6, 2014
Chanbua became pregnant with twins, one of whom was a boy with Down syndrome.The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
August 7, 2014
Historical Examples of twins
Some say when he was twenty-one, as soon as his wife presented him with twins, in 1585.The Man Shakespeare
Suppose you was to favour us with some remarks on twins, sir, would you be so good!'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Among the star pictures in the sky may be found one called Gemini, or the Twins.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Take one child and put him under the disability that the twins were born with.
You have seen it hidden in her eyes and you have seen it in the milky eyes of the twins.
- the Twins the constellation Gemini, the third sign of the zodiac
- 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 for twin
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."
- 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.