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Princeton's WordNet

  1. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duadnoun

    two items of the same kind


  1. TWAINnoun

    A standard software protocol and applications programming interface (API) that regulates communication between software applications and imaging devices such as scanners and digital cameras

  2. Etymology: From tweyne, tweien, twaine, from feminine of twegen, from twai, from dwó. Compare the word two.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tway

    For Twain.

    Gyon’s angry blade so fierce did play
    On th’ other’s helmet, which as Titan shone,
    That quit it clove his plumed crest in tway. Fairy Q.

  2. Twainadjective

    Two. An old word, not now used but ludicrously.

    Etymology: twgen, batwa , both twain, Saxon.

    ’Tis not the tryal of a woman’s war,
    The bitter clamour of two eager tongues,
    Can arbitrate this cause betwixt us twain. William Shakespeare.

    Such smiling rogues as these,
    Like rats, oft bite the holy cords in twain,
    Too intricate t’ unloose. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Of my condition take no care;
    It fits not; thou and I long since are twain. John Milton.

    When old winter split the rocks in twain;
    He strip’d the bears-foot of its leafy growth. Dryden.

    The trembling widow, and her daughters twain,
    This woeful cackling cry with horror heard. Dryden.


  1. TWAIN

    TWAIN and TWAIN Direct are application programming interfaces (APIs) and communication protocols that regulate communication between software and digital imaging devices, such as image scanners and digital cameras. TWAIN is supported on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.The three key elements of TWAIN are: Application software. For example, graphics software, a fax application or a word processor. Source manager software. The source manager software is a software library provided by the TWAIN Working Group. Device drivers (referred to as "Source software" in the specification document)Both the application and the device driver must support TWAIN for the interface to be successfully used. The first release was in 1992, and it was last updated in 2021. It was designed with the help of a number of companies from the computer industry, to try to establish a unified standard connection interface between computers and imaging devices.


  1. twain

    Twain is an archaic term for two. It is often used in literature or older English texts to refer to two of something. The famous saying "never the twain shall meet" implies that the two things being referred to will never come together or agree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twain

    two; -- nearly obsolete in common discourse, but used in poetry and burlesque


  1. TWAIN

    TWAIN is a standard software protocol and applications programming interface that regulates communication between software applications and imaging devices such as scanners and digital cameras. TWAIN is not a hardware-level protocol, it requires a driver called Data Source for each device. The latest version of the TWAIN standard is TWAIN 2.2, released on February 16, 2012. TWAIN 2.2 features include Self-Certification and the white papers for Mandatory Features and Capability Ordering incorporated into the body of the TWAIN Specification. Data Sources advertise the DG / DAT operations they support. A single chapter defines the entire symbolic and numeric space for the TWAIN 2.2 Specification. Constraining a capability is now distinct from the ability to get, set and reset its current value. References the Sample Code for Applications and Data Sources. New definitions added for multiple color dropout, double document detection, negotiable image segments, greater control of warning and error dialogs from the data source, paper handling, printing and the ability to detect both busy and locked data sources. TWAIN Working Group.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twain

    twān, n. two, a couple, pair.—In twain, asunder. [A.S. twégen (masc.), two.]

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  1. witan

  2. atwin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twain in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of twain in a Sentence

  1. Mark Jessee:

    I remember my mother saying that Professor Marks met Mark Twain and Buffalo Bill, [But] as a small child, I wasn’t really interested in it.

  2. Buck Showalter:

    I ’m not big on putting all these sayings up around, you know,( like by) Mark Twain. They read them one time and they’re wall space, but if I had one to put up, it would be ‘ play better. ’.

  3. Brenda Ueland:

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

  4. Jill Biden:

    You never know what you're getting into, what you're walking into, she looked at my heritage. She tried to do Italian meals for our lunch, and then we just talked, like girlfriends. I mean, we talked about literature, Shakespeare, we talked about Mark Twain, we talked about exercise. I mean, stuff that just women do when they get together, and they feel like they have something in common.

  5. Bill Hicks:

    I ascribe to Mark Twain’s theory that the last person who should be President is the one who wants it the most. The one who should be picked is the one who should be dragged kicking and screaming into the White House.

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