Definition of twin in English:

twin

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Pronunciation: /twɪn
 
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noun

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 twin
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  • 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!
Synonyms
(twins)identical twins, non-identical twins, fraternal twins;
monozygotic/monozygous twins, dizygotic/dizygous twins;
1.1A person or thing that is exactly like another: there was a bruise on his cheek, a twin to the one on mine
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  • 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.
Synonyms
counterpart, match, pair, fellow, mate, partner;
GermanDoppelgänger
informal spitting image, spit and image, ringer, dead ringer
1.2 (the Twins) The zodiacal sign or constellation Gemini.
2Something containing or consisting of two matching or corresponding parts, in particular:
2.1A twin-bedded room: the hotel has 54 rooms, of which 4 are twins
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

adjective

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1Forming, or being one of, a pair born at one birth: she gave birth to twin boys her twin sister
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  • 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 disintegration
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  • 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?
Synonyms
matching, identical, matched, paired
closely related, closely linked, closely connected;
corresponding, parallel, complementary;
equivalent
1.2 Botany Growing in pairs: twin seed leaves
1.3(Of a bedroom) containing two single beds: we have twin and three-bedded rooms
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

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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 Durham
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  • 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 distilling
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  • 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.
Synonyms
combine, join, link, couple, pair, yoke, match

Origin

late Old English twinn 'double', from twi- 'two'; related to Old Norse tvinnr. Current verb senses date from late Middle English.

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