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a twin bedroom (=with two single beds)
▪ Do you prefer a double or a twin bedroom?
a twin brother
▪ Luke and his twin brother Sam went everywhere together.
a twin cityBritish English (= one that has a special relationship with a similar town in another country)
▪ Strasbourg is Leicester's twin city in France.
a twin sister
▪ He is devoted to his twin sister.
conjoined twins
fraternal twin
identical twin
Siamese twin
twin bed
▪ twin-bedded rooms
twin beds (=two single beds in a room)
Twin Towers, the
twin town
▪ Oxford’s twin town is Bonn.
▪ Surprisingly, identical twins rarely arise from the separation into two cells at the two-cell stage.
▪ But how do these studies explain identical twins who are not identical for alcoholism?
▪ Seeing double - identical twins, Georgina and Rachel Spruce 20, from Walsall.
▪ If one identical twin is gay, the chances that his brother is also gay are 50 percent.
▪ Enlarged ventricles have been found in an identical twin who develops schizophrenia, compared to the one who does not.
▪ Fed on different diets, two identical twins will grow to different heights.
▪ If the process goes on for long enough, all the members of a line become, in effect, identical twins.
▪ Although the brothers are identical twins, they have quite different temperaments.
▪ The monozygotic twin material consisted of both concordant and discordant twin pairs, and some unpaired healthy twins.
▪ Each ewe received one set of the monozygotic twins.
▪ It has proved very accurate; in monozygotic twins a correct classification is obtained in 99% as verified by serological methods.
▪ These reports indicate concordance rates of over 50% for monozygotic twin pairs compared with under 10% for dizygotic twins.
▪ It has been reported that the concordance rate for peptic ulcer in monozygotic twins is greater than in dizygotic twins.
▪ Afternoons, I convalesce, play patience, match-make a court of Siamese twins.
▪ We were technically that rarity, Siamese twins.
▪ Eileen Delaney has five cats in all ... including Pickle's Siamese twin Branston.
▪ Close as bloody Siamese twins they were.
▪ I never realized that you and Sammy were twins.
▪ Joey's my twin.
▪ Noelle and Craig are fraternal twins.
▪ Sally and her twin sister still spend a lot of time together now that they are adults.
▪ There have been a lot of interesting studies done on identical twins separated at birth.
▪ They look enough like each other to be twins.
▪ But for identical twins - who share the same genes - it rockets to 45 percent if one twin is already divorced.
▪ Evidence supporting a genetic component to predisposition comes mainly from a large study of 15924 male twin pairs.
▪ Identical twins, clearly, are far more concordant in general than are fraternal twins.
▪ Split twins, passionate, dramatic, vicious, intelligent.
▪ The twins stood over it, stirring the last embers with their feet.
▪ They take him, his brother Malachy, 3, and the twins, 1.
▪ He was staring at the twin beds.
▪ Stairs lead to where the children will be sequestered and it has twin beds and its own bathroom, thank goodness.
▪ Surkov and I sprawled on the twin beds.
▪ They slept in twin beds in the front bedroom of 93 Mafeking Street.
▪ She did not go to the room with the twin beds but to the single room with the sloping ceiling.
▪ Tamar was lying on one of the twin beds wearing a pair of silk lounging pyjamas.
▪ Twenty heated minutes later he collapsed on to his twin bed, and turned on the telly.
▪ There were twin beds and a pair of good-sized windows overlooking the street.
▪ The twin bedrooms are airy, spacious and comfortably furnished.
▪ Some twin bedrooms which will have a balcony and sea view are available at a supplement.
▪ Six central apartments are four bedded, with two twin bedrooms, each opening on to the balcony.
▪ All the simple bedrooms have telephone and twin bedrooms have a balcony.
▪ Prices based on 4 persons in an apartment with one twin bedroom or 6 persons in an apartment with two twin bedrooms.
▪ The twin bedrooms have a balcony.
▪ My twin brother appeared by the age of about ten to have some hearing loss.
▪ These twin brothers were Giants, but they did not look like the monsters of old.
▪ I have a twin brother and it seemed that he was allowed to do all the things I wasn't.
▪ Some may find him placing far too much emphasis on the impact of his alcoholic parents and stillborn twin brother, Jesse.
▪ He gave his name as Robin Ganguly, his twin brother.
▪ He has a twin brother named Arthur, who is also 126 at the university here.
▪ Here he is aged 15 with twin brother Mark, who's a normal size.
▪ Both his parents and his younger twin brothers died several years ago.
▪ Herculaneum, the twin city to Pompeii, suffered a similar fate but has proved more difficult to excavate.
▪ After its turbid passage through the twin cities the Ankh could have been one of them.
▪ They had twin daughters and two sons.
▪ Style in Washington hangs from the twin pillars of conservatism and political correctness.
▪ The issues of validity and reliability are the twin pillars that prove research to be only mediocre or outstanding.
▪ Prices are based on two people sharing a twin room with private facilities.
▪ Half board prices are based on twin rooms which can take two extra sofa beds.
▪ All of the twin rooms and most of the singles have an en-suite shower/WC.
▪ All the twin rooms are comfortable, and all overlook the attractive courtyard.
▪ Bedrooms have telephone and twin rooms have a balcony.
▪ Some twin rooms have a balcony.
▪ Around 32 people can stay there at any one time in multi-bedded or twin rooms.
▪ Many twin rooms will take an extra put-you-up bed for a child under 11.
▪ Sheer panic: Accused describes the barn fire that killed twin sisters.
▪ Maryellen is the twin sister of a woman Manny had gone out with over ten years ago in New York.
▪ Mr Goldring said that after Becky died her twin sister Katie was brought into the hospital purely for observation.
▪ My twin sister is a nurse and I suppose all the blood and thunder of things took me a different way.
▪ You - both of you - must have know that a twin sister could be the saving of her life!
▪ I had a twin sister I might never have known about.
▪ Muhammad Reza was timid, even gentle and self-questioning, quite unlike his twin sister, Ashraf.
▪ But I hadn't considered the implications of a twin sister on Donna's illness.
▪ The original station in Colombo had twin towers which housed the first and second-class booking offices at their bases.
▪ Kuala Lumpur has twin towers that are the tallest buildings in the world.
▪ Approach the old quarter from any direction, and the twin towers of the baroque cathedral dominate.
▪ The façade has twin towers of which the spires were added in the 1860s.
▪ It was built as a side station with twin towers flanking the train-shed.
▪ The Church of S. Servaas has a Romanesque east end with apse and twin towers.
▪ And Port Vale are set to take around 22,000 fans to the twin towers for the second time in a week.
▪ The s façade facing the square with its twin towers is decorated with sculptures by A. Braun.
▪ The initiative is part of Durham's appeal for food and medical aid for the county's twin town of Kostroma.
▪ Tavernier, who is a native Lyon, Birmingham's twin town, has had a life long love affair with cinema.
▪ Bolton and Le Mans are also twin towns of similar size and character.
▪ A choir is raising money to fund a trip to Reutlingen, twin town of Ellesmere Port and Neston.
twin towers
▪ a PC with twin disk drives
▪ I asked for a room with twin beds.
▪ the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
▪ the new twin bridges over the river Clyde
▪ All bedrooms are twin with private bathroom; some with a balcony.
▪ He was staring at the twin beds.
▪ It was Michael who introduced me to his twin brother Milton.
▪ Some twin bedrooms which will have a balcony and sea view are available at a supplement.
▪ The twin problems of ecological and individualist fallacies occur when inferences are drawn about one level of analysis using evidence from another.
▪ When I first saw them I thought they were twin girls.
▪ The East Lothian town has been twinned with Champigny-sur-Marne for more than 30 years.
▪ Further information can be obtained from town twinning officer Wendy Pickles on 051-666 2121 ext 4544.
▪ Lowestoft is a town twinned with nowhere, although it is considering a suicide pact with Basildon.
▪ He has always had a keen interest in town twinning activities, particularly between Middlesbrough and Oberhausen.
▪ Details are available from town twinning officer Michelle Le-Neveu on Darlington.
▪ None the less we are twinned with a small town in Hampshire with which we have no real connection.
▪ The East Lothian town has been twinned with Champigny-sur-Marne for more than 30 years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Twin \Twin\, v. i. To depart from a place or thing. [Obs.] ``Ere that we farther twin.''


Twin \Twin\, a. [OE. twin double, AS. getwinne two and two, pl., twins; akin to D. tweeling a twin, G. zwilling, OHG. zwiniling, Icel. tvennr, tvinnr, two and two, twin, and to AS. twi- two. See Twice, Two.]

  1. Being one of two born at a birth; as, a twin brother or sister.

  2. Being one of a pair much resembling one another; standing the relation of a twin to something else; -- often followed by to or with.

  3. (Bot.) Double; consisting of two similar and corresponding parts.

  4. (Crystallog.) 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 ( Linn[ae]a 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.


Twin \Twin\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Twinned; p. pr. & vb. n. Twinning.]

  1. To bring forth twins.

  2. To be born at the same birth.


Twin \Twin\, n.

  1. 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.

  2. pl. (Astron.) A sign and constellation of the zodiac; Gemini. See Gemini.

  3. A person or thing that closely resembles another.

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

    Note: The relative position of the parts of a twin may be explained by supposing one part to be revolved 180[deg] 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.


Twin \Twin\, v. t.

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

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

  2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English twinn "consisting of two, twofold, double, two-by-two," from Proto-Germanic *twisnjaz "double" (cognates: Old Norse tvinnr "double, twin," Old Danish tvinling, Dutch tweeling, German zwillung), from PIE *dwisno- (cognates: Latin bini "two each," Lithuanian dvynu "twins"), from *dwi- "double," from root *dwo- "two" (see two). Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota have been the Twin Cities since 1883, but the phrase was used earlier of Rock Island and Davenport (1856).


"to combine two things closely, join, couple," late 14c., from twin (adj.). Related: Twinned; twinning. In Middle English, the verb earlier and typically meant "to part, part with, separate from, estrange," etc. (c.1200), on the notion of making two what was one.


c.1300, from Old English getwinn "double;" getwinnas "twins, two born at one birth," from twinn (see twin (adj.)).


n. 1 Either of two people (or, less commonly, animals) who shared the same uterus at the same time; one who was born at the same birth as a sibling. 2 Either of two similar or closely related objects, entities etc. 3 A room in a hotel, guesthouse, etc. with two beds; a twin room. 4 (context US English) A twin size mattress or a bed designed for such a mattress. 5 A twin crystal. 6 (context modifier English) Forming a pair of twins. 7 (context modifier English) Forming a matched pair. vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete outside Scotland English) To separate, divide. 2 (context intransitive obsolete outside Scotland English) To split, part; to go away, depart. 3 (context usually in the passive English) To join, unite; to form links between (now especially of two places in different countries). 4 (context intransitive English) To give birth to twins. 5 (context intransitive obsolete English) To be born at the same birth.

  1. adj. being two identical [syn: duplicate, matching, twin(a), twinned]

  2. very similar [syn: siamese]

  3. [also: twinning, twinned]

  1. v. duplicate or match; "The polished surface twinned his face and chest in reverse" [syn: duplicate, parallel]

  2. bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: match, mate, couple, pair]

  3. grow as twins; "twin crystals"

  4. give birth to twins

  5. [also: twinning, twinned]

  1. n. either of two offspring born at the same time from the same pregnancy

  2. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Gemini [syn: Gemini]

  3. a waterfall in the Snake River in southern Idaho [syn: Twin Falls]

  4. a duplicate copy [syn: counterpart, similitude]

  5. [also: twinning, twinned]


Twins are two offspring produced by the same pregnancy. Twins can be either monozygotic ("identical"), meaning that they develop from one zygote, which splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic ("fraternal"), meaning that they develop from two different eggs. In fraternal twins, each twin is fertilized by its own sperm cell.

In contrast, a fetus that develops alone in the womb is called a singleton, and the general term for one offspring of a multiple birth is multiple.

Twin (disambiguation)

A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy.

Twin may also refer to:

  • Twin, Alabama, a city in the United States
  • Twin, Belgium, Walloon name of the Belgium city of Thuin
  • Twin (production team), a Swedish record production and songwriting team
  • Twin (windowing system), a windowing environment for text mode displays
  • Willows TWIN, a Windows emulator
  • Twin, a member of the Minnesota Twins baseball team
  • Flat-twin engine
  • V-twin engine
  • Straight-two engine, also referred to as a parallel-twin
  • Crystal twin, a crystal sample with two domains containing a twin boundary
  • Twin house, semi-detached housing
  • Twin towns and sister cities, towns and cities involved in town twinning
  • Gemini Twin, an American two-seat powered parachute design
  • Air Creation Twin, a French two seat ultralight trike design
Twin (production team)

Twin (sometimes written as TWIN) is a Swedish record production and songwriting team, consisting of Niclas Molinder and Joacim Persson, who are working in the genres of pop, R&B and rock.

Twin (windowing system)

Twin ( acronym for "Textmode WINdow") is a windowing environment with mouse support, window manager, terminal emulator and networked clients, all inside a text mode display.

Twin supports a variety of displays:

  • plain text computer terminals (any termcap/ ncurses compatible terminal, the virtual console, Twin's own terminal emulator);
  • X11, where it can be used as a multi-window Xterm;
  • itself (it is possible to display a Twin on, or "inside", another Twin);
  • twdisplay, a general network-transparent display client, used to attach/detach more displays "on the fly".

Twin is tested on Linux ( x86, PowerPC, DEC Alpha, SPARC) and on FreeBSD; porting to SunOS is in progress.

TWIN (Willows)
  1. redirect Application Programming Interface for Windows#TWIN

Usage examples of "twin".

Besides, Aleksei, Dani, their newborn twins, along with Acier and his woman Raven were in Arizona.

Right now, my twin lies to the Council, saying that you threw me into the ocean and that I am adrift at sea, clinging to a bit of wood.

The deck began to tremble as the huge twin steam propulsion turbines aft came up to full revolutions, blasting the Tampa through the water at one hundred percent reactor power.

Finally, his F-14 was lined up on catapult one, the deck sailors attaching the catapult to the nose gear Collins checked his instruments, the twin turbines purring aft, waiting to be kicked into full thrust.

I had to stand and watch my twin sister, half dead already after months of torture, die a slow and agonizing death.

East, called a Crusade, to the certain benefits available in the West, which knowledge about the twin continents of Alata and Atala only he could impart to the man who gave imperious orders to Kings and Emperors.

In the clearing around the Twins many of the Amar were already asleep, rolled tight into their sleeping leathers, their heads covered, their toes naked to the darkening night.

But to continue, we will say that Chester and Albert had four children apiece, two boys and two girls, two pairs of identical twins, each.

Twin seed-cases that Zephyr assumed to be engine housings hung below her, bizarrely botanical, surrounded in plastic sheeting behind which Arachno engineers worked with cautious movements.

Only her nipples and areoles were pink, topping the rise of her breasts like the last rays of sunset hitting the tips of twin mountains.

Here were sister planets, celestial twins with one difference: this world, Argentil, after billions of years of active presence in the human community, had dropped all contact and refused to respond to any signals.

Yudhishthir was the son of Dharma or Virtue, Bhima of Vayu or Wind, Arjun of Indra or Rain-god, the twin youngest were the sons of the Aswin twins, and Karna was the son of Surya the Sun, but was believed by himself and by all others to be the son of a simple chariot-driver.

Qadir, only two years younger than Asad, was big for his age and sometimes mistaken as his twin.

First we passed the Aureate, vast twin gilded domes of the Breasts on the skyline.

He had recognised the black uniform emblazoned with the twin axes as soon as the man had stepped into the cellar.