Origin of twin

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English twinn (adj.), getwinn (noun and adj.); akin to Old Frisian twīne, Old Norse tvinnr double, Gothic twaihnai

Can be confused

twain twin twine

Definition for twins (2 of 2)

twin

2
[ twin ]
/ twɪn /

verb (used with or without object), twinned, twin·ning. Scot.


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British Dictionary definitions for twins (1 of 2)

Twins

/ (twɪnz) /

pl n

the Twins the constellation Gemini, the third sign of the zodiac

British Dictionary definitions for twins (2 of 2)

twin

/ (twɪn) /

noun


verb twins, twinning or twinned

Derived Forms

twinning, noun

Word Origin for twin

Old English twinn; related to Old High German zwiniling twin, Old Norse tvinnr double
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Medicine definitions for twins

twin

[ twĭn ]

n.

One of two offspring born at the same birth.

adj.

Being two or one of two offspring born at the same birth.
Consisting of two identical or similar parts; double.
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Science definitions for twins

twin

[ twĭn ]

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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