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twin

TWIN, n.

1. One of two young produced at a birth by an animal that ordinarily brings but one; used mostly in the plural, twins; applied to the young of beasts, as well as to human beings.

2. A sign of the zodiac; Gemini.

3. One very much resembling another.

TWIN, a. Noting one of two born at a birth; as a twin brother or sister.

1. Very much resembling.

2. In botany, swelling out into two protuberances, as an anther or germ.

TWIN, v.i. To be born at the same birth.

1. To bring two at once.

2. To be paired; to be suited. [This verb is little used.]

TWIN, v.t. To separate into two parts.




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TWIN, n.

1. One of two young produced at a birth by an animal that ordinarily brings but one; used mostly in the plural, twins; applied to the young of beasts, as well as to human beings.

2. A sign of the zodiac; Gemini.

3. One very much resembling another.

TWIN, a. Noting one of two born at a birth; as a twin brother or sister.

1. Very much resembling.

2. In botany, swelling out into two protuberances, as an anther or germ.

TWIN, v.i. To be born at the same birth.

1. To bring two at once.

2. To be paired; to be suited. [This verb is little used.]

TWIN, v.t. To separate into two parts.


TWIN, a.

  1. Noting one of two born at a birth; as, a twin brother or sister.
  2. Very much resembling.
  3. In botany, swelling out into two protuberances, as an anther or germ. Martyn.

TWIN, n. [Six. twinan, to twine; from two.]

  1. One of two young produced at a birth by an animal that ordinarily brings but one; used mostly in the plural, twins; applied to the young of beasts, as well as to human beings.
  2. A sign of the zodiac; Gemini. Thomson.
  3. One very much resembling another.

TWIN, v.i.

  1. To be born at the same birth. Shak.
  2. To bring two at once. Tusser.
  3. To be paired; to be suited. Sandys. [This verb is little used.]

TWIN, v.t.

To separate into two parts. Chaucer.


Twin
  1. Being one of two born at a birth; as, a twin brother or sister.
  2. One of two produced at a birth, especially by an animal that ordinarily brings forth but one at a birth; -- used chiefly in the plural, and applied to the young of beasts as well as to human young.
  3. To bring forth twins.

    Tusser.
  4. To cause to be twins, or like twins in any way.

    Shak.

    Still we moved
    Together, twinned, as horse's ear and eye.
    Tennyson.

  5. To depart from a place or thing.

    [Obs.] "Ere that we farther twin." Chaucer.
  6. Being one of a pair much resembling one another; standing the relation of a twin to something else; -- often followed by to or with.

    Shak.
  7. A sign and constellation of the zodiac; Gemini. See Gemini.
  8. To be born at the same birth.

    Shak.
  9. To separate into two parts] to part; to divide; hence, to remove; also, to strip; to rob.

    [Obs.]

    The life out of her body for to twin. Chaucer.

  10. Double; consisting of two similar and corresponding parts.
  11. A person or thing that closely resembles another.
  12. Composed of parts united according to some definite law of twinning. See Twin, n., 4.

    Twin boat, or Twin ship (Naut.), a vessel whose deck and upper works rest on two parallel hulls. -- Twin crystal. See Twin, n., 4. -- Twin flower (Bot.), a delicate evergreen plant (Linnæa borealis) of northern climates, which has pretty, fragrant, pendulous flowers borne in pairs on a slender stalk. -- Twin-screw steamer, a steam vessel propelled by two screws, one on either side of the plane of the keel.

  13. A compound crystal composed of two or more crystals, or parts of crystals, in reversed position with reference to each other.

    * The relative position of the parts of a twin may be explained by supposing one part to be revolved 180° about a certain axis (called the twinning axis), this axis being normal to a plane (called the twinning plane) which is usually one of the fundamental planes of the crystal. This revolution brings the two parts into parallel position, or vice versa. A contact twin is one in which the parts are united by a plane surface, called the composition face, which is usually the same as the twinning plane. A penetration twin is one in which the parts interpenetrate each other, often very irregularly. Twins are also called, according to form, cruciform, geniculated, etc.

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Twin

TWIN, noun

1. One of two young produced at a birth by an animal that ordinarily brings but one; used mostly in the plural, twins; applied to the young of beasts, as well as to human beings.

2. A sign of the zodiac; Gemini.

3. One very much resembling another.

TWIN, adjective Noting one of two born at a birth; as a twin brother or sister.

1. Very much resembling.

2. In botany, swelling out into two protuberances, as an anther or germ.

TWIN, verb intransitive To be born at the same birth.

1. To bring two at once.

2. To be paired; to be suited. [This verb is little used.]

TWIN, verb transitive To separate into two parts.

TWIN'-BORN, adjective [twin and born.] Born at the same birth.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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CARCASS, n.

1. The body of an animal; usually the body when dead. It is not applied to the living body of the human species, except in low or ludicrous language.

2. The decaying remains of a bulky thing, as of a boat or ship.

3. The frame or main parts of a thing, unfinished or without ornament. This seems to be the primary sense of the word. [See the next word.]

CARCASS, n. An iron case or hollow vessel, about the size of a bomb, of an oval figure, filled with combustible and other substances, as meal-powder, salt-peter, sulphur, broken glass, turpentine, &c., to be thrown from a mortar into a town, to set fire to buildings. It has two or three apertures, from which the fire blazes, and the light sometimes serves as a direction in throwing shells. It is equipped with pistol-barrels, loaded with powder to the muzzle, which explode as the composition burns down to them. This instrument is probably named from the ribs of iron that form it, which resemble the ribs of a human carcass.

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