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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She snapped a dry twig from a juniper bush and used it to finish the tourniquet.
▪ Clean. Snap like a twig.
▪ If you do snap a twig then freeze and wait for several minutes before continuing.
▪ Aenarion's ribs snapped like twigs under the awesome stress.
▪ They snapped like burned-through twigs and I threw them away.
▪ And again in what directions do the branches and smaller twigs grow?
▪ Another is a close-up of a mud-encrusted hand reaching back toward a worker at the top of a precarious twig ladder.
▪ As in other bowerbirds, the male builds an elaborate bower of twigs and ferns and therein tries to seduce females.
▪ He found a not very effective twig and scraped.
▪ I saw a little glazed brown ring of tent caterpillar moth eggs on a chokecherry twig.
▪ Maybe in the bleak light of dawn Kathy arranged a pile of twigs on the beach.
▪ So I gradually amassed armfuls of small twigs, which I carried back to my cave.
▪ They simply spin a silken sling to attach themselves to a twig.
▪ At last I twigged that I was pregnant
▪ It took him about two minutes to twig what I was going on about!
▪ Oh, I get it, I've twigged at last. How much do you want?
▪ I never twigged what the gold rush was.
▪ It was amazing that Graham hadn't twigged before he married her.
▪ People don't twig she's ten.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Twig \Twig\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twigged; p. pr. & vb. n. Twigging.] [Cf. Tweak.] To twitch; to pull; to tweak. [Obs. or Scot.]


Twig \Twig\, v. t. [Gael. tuig, or Ir. tuigim I understand.]

  1. To understand the meaning of; to comprehend; as, do you twig me? [Colloq.]

  2. To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover. ``Now twig him; now mind him.''

    As if he were looking right into your eyes and twigged something there which you had half a mind to conceal.


Twig \Twig\, n. [AS. twig; akin to D. twijg, OHG. zwig, zwi, G. zweig, and probably to E. two.] A small shoot or branch of a tree or other plant, of no definite length or size.

The Britons had boats made of willow twigs, covered on the outside with hides.
--Sir T. Raleigh.

Twig borer (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small beetles which bore into twigs of shrubs and trees, as the apple-tree twig borer ( Amphicerus bicaudatus).

Twig girdler. (Zo["o]l.) See Girdler, 3.

Twig rush (Bot.), any rushlike plant of the genus Cladium having hard, and sometimes prickly-edged, leaves or stalks. See Saw grass, under Saw.


Twig \Twig\, v. t. To beat with twigs.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English twig "twig, branch, shoot, small tree," from Proto-Germanic *twigga "a fork" (cognates: Middle Dutch twijch, Dutch twijg, Old High German zwig, German Zweig "branch, twig"), from PIE *dwi-ko-, from *dwo- "two" (see two). Compare Old English twisel "fork, point of division."


Etymology 1 n. A small thin branch of a tree or bush. vb. (context transitive English) To beat with twigs. Etymology 2

vb. (context colloquial regional English) To realise something; to catch on. Etymology 3

vb. (context obsolete Scotland English) To twitch; to pull; to tweak.

  1. n. small branch or division of a branch; usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year [syn: branchlet, sprig]

  2. v. branch out in a twiglike manner; "The lightning bolt twigged in several directions"

  3. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on" [syn: catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, get it]

  4. [also: twigging, twigged]

Twig (novel)

Twig is a children's fantasy novel written and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones. It was originally published by Macmillan in 1942. The book was reissued in a 60th Anniversary Edition by Purple House Press in 2002.

Twig (disambiguation)

A twig is a small thin terminal branch of a woody plant.

"Twig" or "twigs" may also refer to:

Twig (database)

Twig is an open source object database built on Google App Engine's low-level Datastore API. It is an alternative to the standard JDO and JPA interfaces, built specifically to make the most of the datastore's unique abilities such as asynchronous non-blocking operations.

Licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

Twig (template engine)

Twig is a template engine for the PHP programming language. Its syntax originates from Jinja and Django templates. It's an open source product licensed under a BSD License and maintained by Fabien Potencier. The initial version was created by Armin Ronacher. Symfony2 PHP framework comes with a bundled support for Twig as its default template engine.

Twig (character)

Twig (also known as Arborinus Verginix) is a fictional character from Paul Stewart's The Edge Chronicles.

Usually referred to as Twig or, later, Captain Twig, Twig is the main character of three Edge Chronicles books (books 1, 2 and 3, which make up the Twig Trilogy).


A twig is a small thin terminal branch of a woody plant. The buds on the twig are an important diagnostic characteristic, as are the abscission scars where the leaves have fallen away. The color, texture, and patterning of the twig bark are also important, in addition to the thickness and nature of any pith of the twig.

There are two types of twig, vegetative twigs and fruiting spurs. Fruiting spurs are specialized twigs that generally branch off the sides of branches and leading twigs, and are stubby and slow-growing, with many annular ring markings from seasons past. The age and rate of growth of a twig can be determined by counting the winter terminal bud scale scars, or annular ring marking, down the length of the twig.

Usage examples of "twig".

The shrub is a native of southern Europe, being a small evergreen plant, the twigs of which are densely covered with little leaves in four rows, having a strong, peculiar, unpleasant odour of turpentine, with a bitter, acrid, resinous taste.

In the other a stately araucaria, a thriving, straight-grown baby tree, a perfect specimen, which to the last needle of the topmost twig reflects the pride of frequent ablutions.

She bade him bring her a twig of the tree, and conquer the owner of the castle, who would challenge him as soon as he touched it, and promised that if he obeyed her exactly she would be his faithful wife.

Bracken fern, rank and tall, Chorizema and snake vine, Bauera with the always blooming pink flowerets, and Tetratheca, with the layer of tangled twigs, made the going difficult.

He was about to go after a Beater when the wizard who had dropped his bat before maneuvered his broom so that he could use the twigs to hit a Bludger at Neil, who was oblivious.

They seemed to have woken up now, and as his team scored their fourth goal, still holding the English team to one-hundred, Harry was somewhat shocked to feel a jolt as a Bludger collided with his broom twigs, making him fly crazily for a moment until he grasped the handle with determination and zoomed straight up, to shake the wobbles out of it.

Horsethief Shorty and that Carl Montana and the state engineer, Nelson Bookman, all sitting around a campfire up by the Little Baldy Bear Lakes, roasting miniature Joe Mondragons skewered like hot dogs on aspen twigs over their campfire.

X-frames instead of bothering to find forked twigs of the proper size and angle.

Cugel had tasted little better than spurge, cullion, blackwort, oak twigs and galls, and on one occasion, when all else failed, certain refuse discovered in the cave of a bearded thawn.

Then, to my utter amazement, the horse gathered its wits together, paused for only a moment and then took the dark, ill-omened figure of Dunster crashing through the twigs and branches at the top of a hedge and on to the moor.

Leaves and twigs whirled around them in a storm of debris, trailing silken threads of ectoplasm, winding an intricate grey web in the air.

In the evenings, when mist enveloped the huge construction project, the builders would withdraw into their barracks, close the windows and light smoky fires of damp twigs outside the doors to drive away the swarms of mosquitoes and gnats which filled the air with a sinister, high-pitched buzzing.

He had always wanted an Erector set, but his parents, believers in as the twig is bent so grows the tree, had refused to buy him one.

The eucalypt twigs flushed red, the four creeks overflowed, lambs appeared on the hills, white as mushrooms and as sudden.

The faggots put on a fine show, marching like legionnaires in the quick-step, centurions to the fore and levites to the rear, and even a leafy twig aloft in lieu of an eagle.