Definitions for twelve
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word twelve.
twelve, 12, XII, dozenadjective
the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
twelve, 12, xii, dozenadjective
denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
A group of twelve items.
Fractions would be a little easier if we counted by twelves.
A twelve-bore gun.
Etymology: From twelf, from twalif-, an old compound of twa- and -lif, from leikw-.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Two and ten; twice six.
Etymology: twelf , Sax.
Thou hast beat me out twelve several times. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
Had we no quarrel else to Rome, but that
Thou art thence banish’d, we would muster all,
From twelve to twenty. William Shakespeare.
What man talk’d with you yesternight
Out at your window betwixt twelve and one. William Shakespeare.
On his left hand twelve reverend owls did fly:
So Romulus, ’tis sung, by Tyber’s brook,
Presage of sway from twice six vultures, took. Dryden.
Twelve is a numerical value equivalent to the sum of 10 and 2. It represents a quantity and is noted as 12 in numerical terms. It also falls between eleven and thirteen in the sequence of natural numbers. Additionally, it is also considered a dozen.
one more that eleven; two and ten; twice six; a dozen
the number next following eleven; the sum of ten and two, or of twice six; twelve units or objects; a dozen
a symbol representing twelve units, as 12, or xii
Twelve is an album by Patti Smith, released April 17, 2007 on Columbia Records. As the title suggests, the album contains twelve tracks, all of which are cover versions. It debuted on Billboard 200 at number 60, with 11,000 copies sold in its first week. A promotional EP entitled Two More was also released, featuring two tracks that are not on the album: "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed and "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect" by The Decemberists.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
twelv, adj. ten and two.—n. the number next after eleven: the figures representing twelve: (pl.) same as duodecimo.—ns. Twelve′-mo, same as duodecimo, written 12mo; Twelve′-month, twelve months: a year.—adjs. Twelve′-penn′y, worth a shilling: trifling, insignificant; Twelve′score, twelve times twenty, or two hundred and forty.—n. twelvescore yards, a common range in archery, used also in measurements.—Twelve-day writ, a writ in actions on bills, &c., warning defendant to appear within twelve days, otherwise judgment would go against him; Twelve Tables, the name given to the earliest code of Roman law, civil, criminal, and religious, made by the decemvirs in 451-449 B.C.—Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, a work of the 2d century after Christ, in which, on the model of Jacob's blessing of the tribes in Genesis xlix., discourses and prophecies of Christ are put into the mouths of the fathers of Israel; The Twelve, the twelve apostles. [A.S. twelf (Ger. zwölf, and Goth. twa-lif), that is 'two and ten' (for twá-, cf. Two; and for -lif, cf. Eleven).]
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The numerical value of twelve in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of twelve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
On the energy side, for those who are not faint of heart, there are some real opportunities if your time horizon extends beyond the next six to twelve months.
Student: "Can you do problem number twelve?" Wyler: Twelve?...NO!...That problem is on the test.
There's only one good test of pornography. Get twelve normal men to read the book, and then ask them, Did you get an erection? If the answer is Yes from a majority of the twelve, then the book is pornographic.
They have been in power for 12 years. The damage they have done is profound. Twelve years of economic stagnation. Twelve years of declining public services. Twelve years of empty promises, enough is enough. We don't need to change the Tory at the top -- we need a proper change of government. We need a fresh start for Britain.
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- ዐሥራ ሁለትAmharic
- اِثْنَا عَشَرَ, اثني عشرArabic
- tunka payaniAymara
- on ikiAzerbaijani
- ун икеBashkir
- བཅུ་གཉིསTibetan Standard
- dotzeCatalan, Valencian
- дъва на дєсѧтєOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- un deg dau, undeg dwy, deuddegWelsh
- zwölf, zwGerman
- dek duEsperanto
- tolve, tolfWestern Frisian
- dó dhéagIrish
- dà dheug, dhà dheugScottish Gaelic
- daa yeigManx
- שְׁתֵּים־עֶשְׂרֵה, תרעסר, שנים שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר, תרתעסראHebrew
- douzHaitian Creole
- dua belasIndonesian
- שתיים עשרהHebrew
- он екіKazakh
- aqqaniq-marlukKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ೧೨, ಹನ್ನೆರಡುKannada
- 십이, 十二, 열둘Korean
- он экиKyrgyz
- tekau mā rua, ngahuru mā ruaMāori
- арван хоёр, ᠑᠒Mongolian
- sepuluh dua, dua belas, satu puluh duaMalay
- ata ma aroNauru
- naakitsʼáadahNavajo, Navaho
- khumi n'ziwiriChichewa, Chewa, Nyanja
- ashi-niizhOjibwe, Ojibwa
- ୧୨, ବାରOriya
- ਬਾਰਾਂPanjabi, Punjabi
- dwanaście, dwanaścioroPolish
- chunka iskayniyuqQuechua
- два́нае̄ст, dvánaēstSerbo-Croatian
- දොළහSinhala, Sinhalese
- on ikiTurkmen
- on ikiTurkish
- ئون ئىككىUyghur, Uighur
- oʻn ikkiUzbek
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