- 1One of two children or animals born at the same birth: experiments were carried out using sets of identical twins the twins were approaching their third birthday I thought you must have a double or be a twinMore example sentences
- Nearly 10,000 multiple births were recorded last year in the UK, and one in 35 children is now born as a twin, while triplet births have quadrupled in many countries.
- A mother had to be flown to a Norwich hospital to give birth to identical twins because there were not enough incubators at Southend's premature baby unit.
- Now, tell me if you think I am wrong, but, if it wasn't for the fact that Cameron is nearly a decade older, they look like identical twins separated at birth!
- 1.1A person or thing that is exactly like another: there was a bruise on his cheek, a twin to the one on mineMore example sentences
- The recently launched Mercedes S-class could be a twin to BMW's 7-series.
- Her shrieking, wailing voice was the whisper of mortality piercing the ears like the banshee's own call, a twin to the driving terror that pierced the mind.
- He could have just been a twin to the smaller man.
- 2.1A twin-bedded room: the hotel has 54 rooms, of which 4 are twinsMore example sentences
- This price is based on two people sharing a twin / double bedded room on a bed and breakfast basis and dates offered start in May and go through to October.
- My room, a twin, is plainly furnished but very nice.
- With the exception of suites, all two-bedded rooms are twins.
- 2.2A twin-engined aircraft.More example sentences
- As the world's first dedicated multi trainer, the Apache helped teach America's future airline pilots to fly twins.
- It may come as a surprise, but not all twins are high-performance airplanes.
- Here are some critical situations that you should be familiar with and practice regularly to become competent flying twins.
- 2.3A twinned crystal.More example sentences
- Among the twinned crystals, Baveno twins are more common than Manebach.
- The original cordierite crystals were sixling twins that give the pseudomorphs a flower-shaped cross section.
- It occurs as small, white single crystals or twins densely covering matrix.
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- 1Forming, or being one of, a pair born at one birth: she gave birth to twin boys her twin sisterMore example sentences
- Witnesses say they saw nothing-just a little boy and his twin sister playing at the sand part of the park while many other children ran around, screaming.
- Ailsa looked down at her older twin sisters and the boy who was with them.
- Gavin caught up utterly out of breath and he gave a look of complete gratitude to the twin sisters.
- 1.1Forming a matching, complementary, or closely connected pair: the twin problems of economic failure and social disintegrationMore example sentences
- As it was, its thick grey walls and twin turrets gave it a look of defensibility, as though it were here despite the quiescent malice of the forest.
- Since independence, the twin forces of economic development and population growth have literally bulldozed their way through the city's greenery.
- Who in the world would we rather have as allies and fellow travellers in pursuing the twin challenges of economic performance and social justice?
- 1.3(Of a bedroom) containing two single beds: we have twin and three-bedded roomsMore example sentences
- There is a choice of single or twin rooms, and every bedroom is en-suite.
- The attic is converted to offer two more bedrooms, both twin rooms with solid timber floors.
- She will have a twin room for single use as well as breakfast and her evening meal.
- 1.4(Of a crystal) twinned.More example sentences
- Continuing on your tour you see a 70-cm-high giant twin calcite crystal from Siberia that gives off an amber glow in sunlight.
verb (twins, twinning, twinned)[with object] British Back to top
- 1Link (a town or district) with another in a different country or cause (two towns or districts) to be linked, for the purposes of friendship and cultural exchange: the Russian city of Kostroma is twinned with DurhamMore example sentences
- Breton culture is Celtic rather than French, and it is interesting to note that many of the villages are twinned with small Irish towns.
- The town is also twinned with the city of Dole in France and Northwitch in England.
- Irish signs have recently been erected on the approaches to the town with the name Muinebheag and informing people, ás Gaeilge, that the town is twinned with Pont-Pean, France.
- 1.1Link; combine: the company twinned its core business of brewing with that of distillingMore example sentences
- His best-selling dish twins pepper shrimp with a rum and ginger sauce.
- In habitually using the term ‘nation-state’ to describe our collective status, we assume these two entities to be indissolubly twinned.
- The two groups were twinned back in 1998 as part of a Co-Operation Ireland initiative.
late Old English twinn 'double', from twi- 'two'; related to Old Norse tvinnr. Current verb senses date from late Middle English.