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Twenty-first Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1933, providing for the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment, which had outlawed the manufacture, sale, and transportation of ...
/twen"tee fuyv", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 5. 2. a symbol for this number, as 25 or XXV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 25 in ...
Twenty-five Articles of Religion
▪ creed by Wesley       creed that was prepared by John Wesley (Wesley, John), founder of Methodism, for the Methodist church in the United States. The creed was ...
/twen"tee fawr", -fohr", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 4. 2. a symbol for this number, as 24 or XXIV. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 24 ...
/twen'tee fawr"moh, -fohr"-, twun"-/, n., pl. twenty-fourmos, adj. n. 1. a book size of about 35/8 × 51/8 in. (9 × 13 cm), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 24 ...
/twen"tee fawrth", -fohrth", twun"-/, adj. 1. next after the twenty-third; being the ordinal number for 24. 2. being one of 24 equal parts. n. 3. a twenty-fourth part, esp. of ...
Twenty-fourth Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1964, forbidding the use of the poll tax as a requirement for voting in national or U.S. Congressional elections. * * *
/twen"tee nuyn", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 9. 2. a symbol for this number, as 29 or XXIX. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 29 in ...
/twen"tee nuynth", twun"-/, adj. 1. next after the twenty-eighth; being the ordinal number for 29. 2. being one of 29 equal parts. n. 3. a twenty-ninth part, esp. of one ...
/twen"tee wun", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 21 or XXI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. Also, 21. Also called ...
Twenty-one Demands
▪ East Asian history       (Jan. 18, 1915), claims made by the Japanese government to special privileges in China during World War I. The major European powers, which ...
/twen"tee sek"euhnd, twun"-/, adj. 1. next after the twenty-first; being the ordinal number for 22. 2. being one of 22 equal parts. n. 3. a twenty-second part, esp. of one ...
Twenty-second Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1951, limiting presidential terms to two for any one person, or to one elected term if the person has completed more than two ...
/twen"tee sev"euhn, twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 7. 2. a symbol for this number, as 27 or XXVII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 27 in ...
/twen"tee sev"euhnth, twun"-/, adj. 1. next after the twenty-sixth; being the ordinal number for 27. 2. being one of 27 equal parts. n. 3. a twenty-seventh part, esp. of one ...
/twen"tee siks", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 6. 2. a symbol for this number, as 26 or XXVI. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 26 in ...
/twen"tee siksth", twun"-/, adj. 1. next after the twenty-fifth; being the ordinal number for 26. 2. being one of 26 equal parts. n. 3. a twenty-sixth part, esp. of one ...
Twenty-sixth Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1971, lowering the voting age to 18. * * *
/twen"tee therrd", twun"-/, adj. 1. next after the twenty-second; being the ordinal number for 23. 2. being one of 23 equal parts. n. 3. a twenty-third part, esp. of one ...
Twenty-third Amendment
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1961, allowing District of Columbia residents to vote in presidential elections. * * *
/twen"tee three", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 3. 2. a symbol for this number, as 23 or XXIII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. adj. 4. amounting to 23 in ...
/twen"tee twen"tee, twun"tee twun"tee/, adj. 1. Ophthalm. having normal visual acuity. 2. keenly or acutely perceptive: an opinion based on twenty-twenty hindsight. Also, ...
twenty-twenty vision
twenty-twenty vision or 20/20 vision [twen′tē twen′tē] n. normal acuity of vision, which is the ability to see clearly at twenty feet what the normal eye sees at that ...
/twen"tee tooh", twun"-/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 2. 2. a symbol for this number, as 22 or XXII. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. See .22. adj. 5. amounting ...
adj. /twen"tee fohld', twun"-/; adv. /twen"tee fohld", twun"-/, adj. 1. having twenty sections, aspects, divisions, kinds, etc. 2. being twenty times as large, great, many, ...
/twen"tee moh', twun"-/, n., pl. twentymos, adj. n. 1. a book size of about 3 × 5 in. (8 × 12 cm), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 20 leaves or 40 pages. 2. a ...
/twerrp/, n. Slang. an insignificant or despicable fellow: Her father thinks her boyfriend is just a twerp. Also, twirp. [1920-25; orig. uncert.] * * *
/chwee, chee, twee/, n. a Kwa language spoken in Ghana that is mutually intelligible with Fanti. Also, Tshi. * * *
a combining form meaning "two," "twice": twibill. [ME, OE; c. G zwie- (OHG zwi-), L bi-, Gk di-. See TWO] * * *
/twuy"nuyt'/, adj. Baseball. pertaining to or noting a doubleheader in which the first game begins late in the afternoon and the second in the evening under lights. [1945-50; ...
/twuy"nuy"teuhr/, n. Baseball. a twi-night doubleheader. [TWI-NIGHT + -ER1] * * *
/twuy"bil'/, n. 1. a mattock with one arm like that of an adz and the other like that of an ax. 2. Archaic. a double-bladed battle-ax. [bef. 1000; ME, OE. See TWI-, BILL3] * * *
/twuys/, adv. 1. two times, as in succession: Write twice a week. 2. on two occasions; in two instances: I phoned him twice. 3. in twofold quantity or degree; in double the ...
/twuys"bawrn"/, adj. 1. Hinduism. of or pertaining to members of the Indian castes of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaisyas, who undergo a spiritual rebirth and initiation in ...
/twuys"layd"/, adj. 1. made from strands of used rope. 2. made from makeshift or used material. [1585-95] * * *
/twuys"tohld"/, adj. having been told before; related two times. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
/twuy"seuhr/, n. 1. Slang. a two-time loser. 2. Australian. a. a deceiver. b. a crook. [1670-80; TWICE + -ER1] * * *
/twik"euh neuhm/, n. a former borough, now part of Richmond upon Thames, in SE England. * * *
—twiddler, n. /twid"l/, v., twiddled, twiddling, n. v.t. 1. to turn about or play with lightly or idly, esp. with the fingers; twirl. v.i. 2. to play or trifle idly with ...
See twiddle. * * *
twig1 —twigless, adj. —twiglike, adj. /twig/, n. 1. a slender shoot of a tree or other plant. 2. a small offshoot from a branch or stem. 3. a small, dry, woody piece fallen ...
twig blight
Plant Pathol. blight affecting the twigs of a plant. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
twig borer
any of several beetles, beetle larvae, or moth larvae that bore into the twigs of plants. * * *
twig girdler.
See under girdler (def. 2). [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
twig borer n. Any of various small beetles or moths whose larvae bore into the twigs of certain trees, especially fruit trees. * * *
/twig"ee/, adj., twiggier, twiggiest. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling twigs. 2. full of twigs. [1555-65; TWIG1 + -Y1] * * *
—twilighty, adj. /twuy"luyt'/, n. 1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to ...
twilight glow
▪ atmospheric science  weak, widespread, and relatively steady glow from the sky that is observed around twilight; it is part of the overall phenomenon called airglow ...
twilight glow.
See under airglow. [1810-20] * * *
Twilight of the Gods
German Myth. Götterdämmerung. Cf. Ragnarok. * * *
Twilight Saga
▪ novels by Meyer       series of vampire-themed novels for teenagers written by American author Stephenie Meyer (Meyer, Stephenie). The Twilight Saga includes four ...
twilight sleep
Med. a state of semiconsciousness, usually produced by hypodermic injections of scopolamine and morphine, used chiefly to effect relatively painless childbirth. [1910-15] * * *
twilight zone
1. the lowest level of the ocean that light can reach. 2. an ill-defined area between two distinct conditions, categories, etc., usually comprising certain features of both; an ...
twilight sleep n. An amnesic condition characterized by insensibility to pain without loss of consciousness, induced by an injection of morphine and scopolamine, especially to ...
twilight zone n. An area of ambiguity between two distinct states or conditions: a twilight zone between good and evil. * * *
/twuy"lit'/, adj. lighted by or as by twilight: a twilit cathedral. [1865-70; TWI(LIGHT) + LIT1] * * *
/twil/, n. 1. a fabric constructed in twill weave. 2. a garment, as a suit or trousers, of this fabric. 3. See twill weave. v.t. 4. to weave in the manner of a twill. 5. to weave ...
twill weave
one of the basic weave structures in which the filling threads are woven over and under two or more warp yarns, producing a characteristic diagonal pattern. Also called twill. ...
twin1 /twin/, n., adj., v., twinned, twinning. n. 1. either of two children or animals brought forth at a birth. 2. either of two persons or things closely related to or closely ...
twin bed
a twin-size bed, esp. one of a matching pair in a bedroom; single bed. [1915-20, Amer.] * * *
twin bill
Sports. a doubleheader, as in baseball. [1945-50] * * *
Twin Cities
the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. * * *
Twin Falls
1. a city in S Idaho. 26,209. 2. a waterfall near there, on the Snake River. ab. 180 ft. (55 m) high. * * * ▪ Idaho, United States       city, seat (1907) of Twin Falls ...
twin killing
Baseball Slang. See double play. * * *
Twin Peaks
▪ American television show       American television drama that was broadcast on the American Broadcasting Co (American Broadcasting Company). (ABC) network for two ...
twin room
twin1 (def. 4). * * *
twin set
twin set a matching pair of women's sweaters, a pullover and a cardigan, intended to be worn together: also twinset n. * * *
Twin Towers
➡ World Trade Center * * *
twin wire process
      in papermaking (paper), modification of the Fourdrinier process using two wire mesh belts instead of one to form the pulp into paper. See Fourdrinier machine. * * *
/twin"en"jeuhn/, adj. having two engines of equal power as prime movers: a twin-engine airplane. [1930-35] * * *
twin-engined [twin′en′jənd] adj. powered by two engines: said of an airplane: also twin-engine * * *
twin-lens camera
/twin"lenz'/, Photog. a camera having two separately mounted lenses coordinated to eliminate parallax errors or for making stereoscopic photographs. Cf. twin-lens reflex ...
twin-lens reflex
twin-lens reflex [twin′lenz΄] n. a reflex camera with two lenses, one of which supplies the image reflected in the viewfinder and the other the image on the exposed film * * *
twin-lens reflex camera.
See under reflex camera. Also called twin-lens reflex. Abbr.: TLR * * *
/twin"skrooh"/, adj. Naut. (of a vessel) having two screw propellers, which usually revolve in opposite directions. [1860-65] * * *
/twin"suyz'/, adj. 1. (of a bed) approximately 39 in. (99 cm) wide and between 75 and 76 in. (191 and 193 cm) long; single. 2. pertaining to or made for a twin-size bed: ...
twin bed n. One of a matching pair of single beds. * * *
/twin"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. twinberries. 1. the partridgeberry, Mitchella repens. 2. a North American honeysuckle shrub, Lonicera involucrata, having involucrate flowers of ...
twin bill n. 1. A double feature. 2. Sports. A double-header, especially in baseball. * * *
/twin"bawrn'/, adj. born at the same birth. [1590-1600; TWIN1 + BORN] * * *
twine1 —twineable, adj. —twiner, n. /twuyn/, n., v., twined, twining. n. 1. a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together. 2. an act of twining, ...
See twine. * * *
Twin Falls (twĭn) A city of south-central Idaho west of Pocatello near the Twin Falls of the Snake River. The southern falls are a source of hydroelectric power. The city is a ...
/twin"flow'euhr/, n. either of two slender, creeping, evergreen, caprifoliaceous plants, Linnaea borealis, of Europe, or L. americana, of North America, having pink or purplish ...
/twinj/, n., v., twinged, twinging. n. 1. a sudden, sharp pain: On damp days, he's often bothered by a twinge of rheumatism. 2. a mental or emotional pang: a twinge of guilt; ...
twi·night (twīʹnīt') adj. Baseball Relating to or being a double-header in which the first game begins in late afternoon.   [twilight + night.] * * *
/twuy"ning/, n. Nathan Farragut, 1897-1982, U.S. Air Force general: chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1957-60. * * *
Twining, Nathan F(arragut)
born Oct. 11, 1897, Monroe, Wis., U.S. died March 29, 1982, Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio, Texas U.S. air force officer. He graduated from West Point and served as ...
/twin"jet'/, n. an airplane powered by two jet engines. [1945-50; TWIN1 + JET1] * * *
/twingk/, v.i., v.t., n. 1. wink. 2. twinkle. [1350-1400; ME twinken; c. G zwinken to wink; akin to TWINKLE] * * *
☆ twinkie [twiŋ′kē ] n. 〚< Twinkies, trademark for small, yellowish pieces of spongecake with a creamy filling〛 [also T-] Slang a person or thing that seems appealing ...
n a small, sweet yellow cake with a soft filling like cream, sold in the US. It is regarded as typical of foods that are very popular but not very good for you. * * *
—twinkler, n. /twing"keuhl/, v., twinkled, twinkling, n. v.i. 1. to shine with a flickering gleam of light, as a star or distant light. 2. to sparkle in the light: The diamond ...
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
the title and first line of a traditional nursery rhyme. The words are: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in ...
See twinkle. * * *
/twing"kling/, n. 1. an act of shining with intermittent gleams of light. 2. the time required for a wink; an instant. 3. Archaic. winking; a wink. [1250-1300; ME; see TWINKLE, ...
See twinkler. * * *
twin·leaf (twĭnʹlēf') n. pl. twin·leaves (-lēvz') An eastern North American woodland plant (Jeffersonia diphylla) having basal leaves deeply cleft into two kidney-shaped ...
/twind/, adj. 1. born two at one birth. 2. closely or intimately associated, joined, or united; coupled; paired. [1600-10; TWIN1 + -ED2] * * *
/twin"ing/, n. 1. the bearing of two children at one birth. 2. the coupling of two persons or things; union. 3. Crystall. the union of crystals to form a twin. [1565-75; TWIN1 + ...
Twin Peaks A mountain, 3,153.7 m (10,340 ft) high, in the Salmon River Mountains of central Idaho. It is the highest elevation in the range. * * *
Twins (twĭnz) pl.n. (used with a sing. verb) See Gemini. * * *
twin·set or twin set (twĭnʹsĕt) n. A sweater set comprised of a cardigan and a shell that match and are worn together. * * *
/twerrl/, v.t. 1. to cause to rotate rapidly; spin; revolve; whirl. 2. to twiddle: to twirl my thumbs. 3. to wind idly, as about something. v.i. 4. to rotate rapidly; whirl. 5. ...
/twerr"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that twirls. 2. Baseball. a pitcher. [1800-10; TWIRL + -ER1] * * *
/twerrp/, n. twerp. * * *
—twistable, adj. —twistability, n. —twistedly, adv. —twistingly, adv. /twist/, v.t. 1. to combine, as two or more strands or threads, by winding together; intertwine. 2. ...
twist drill
Mach. a drill with one or more deep helical grooves in the body. [1870-75] * * *
twist tie
a short wire, usually enveloped in paper or plastic, used to tie closed a bag, wrapper, etc. * * *
twist-tie [twis′tī΄] n. a short, slender wire covered as with paper or plastic, twisted to tie closed a plastic bag or other wrapper: also written twist tie * * *
See twist. * * *
See twistability. * * *
twist drill n. A drill having deep helical grooves along the shank from the point. * * *
twisted stomach worm.
See stomach worm. [1955-60] * * *
/twis"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that twists. 2. Informal. a whirlwind or tornado. 3. Chiefly Brit. Informal. a deceitful, unscrupulous person. [1475-85; 1895-1900 for def. ...
/twis"ting/, n. the practice of an insurance agent of tricking the holder of a life insurance policy into letting it lapse so that the insured will replace it with one of a ...
See twistability. * * *
twist tie n. A short length of wire encased in a strip of paper, plastic, or foil, designed to be twisted around an item or items as a fastener. * * *
/twis"tee/, adj., twistier, twistiest. (esp. of a road) twisting or winding: a twisty little path through the woods. [1855-60; TWIST + -Y1] * * *
twit1 /twit/, v., twitted, twitting, n. v.t. 1. to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing; gibe at. 2. to reproach or upbraid. n. 3. an act of ...
—twitcher, n. —twitchingly, adv. /twich/, v.t. 1. to tug or pull at with a quick, short movement; pluck: She twitched him by the sleeve. 2. to jerk rapidly: The rider ...
twitch grass.
See couch grass. [1680-90; alter. of quitch grass] * * *
Twitchett, Denis Crispin
▪ 2007       British historian (b. Sept. 23, 1925, London, Eng.—d. Feb. 24, 2006, Cambridge, Eng.), was one of the world's foremost scholars of early Chinese history, ...
See twitchy. * * *
See twitchily. * * *
twitching trail
Canadian (chiefly New Brunswick). a logging road sufficiently developed to allow the hauling of logs along it by horse or tractor. * * *
See twitch. * * *
—twitchiness, n. /twich"ee/, adj., twitchier, twitchiest. 1. twitching or tending to twitch. 2. nervous; jumpy: All that pressure at the office has made him twitchy. [1740-50; ...
/twuyt/, n. a small finch, Carduelis flavirostris, of northern Europe, having streaked brown plumage and, in the male, a pink breast. [1555-65; imit.] * * *
—twitterer, n. —twitteringly, adv. /twit"euhr/, v.i. 1. to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird. 2. to talk lightly and rapidly, esp. of trivial matters; ...
See twitter. * * *
/twit"euh ree/, adj. 1. given to or characterized by twittering. 2. tremulous; shaky. [1880-85; TWITTER + -Y1] * * *
(1933–93) a US singer, mainly of country music. He often sang with Loretta Lynn and they had five No 1 hits in a row, including After the Fire Is Gone (1971). * * *
Twitty, Conway
▪ 1994       (HAROLD LLOYD JENKINS), U.S. singer (b. Sept. 1, 1933, Friars Point, Miss.—d. June 5, 1993, Springfield, Mo.), was a successful songwriter and rockabilly ...
twixt also 'twixt (twĭkst) prep. Betwixt. * * *
/tooh/, n. 1. a cardinal number, 1 plus 1. 2. a symbol for this number, as 2 or II. 3. a set of this many persons or things. 4. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face ...
two bits
Slang. twenty-five cents. [1720-30, Amer.] * * *
two cents
1. something of insignificant value; a paltry amount: We wouldn't give two cents for their chances of success. 2. two cents worth, an opinion, usually unsolicited and unwelcome: ...
two cultures
a phrase made popular by the author C P Snow in 1959. He used it to describe the division between the arts and the sciences in Britain, and argued that people trained in the arts ...
Two Gentlemen of Verona
a comedy play (c. 1593) by William Shakespeare. It is about two friends, Valentine and Proteus, who both fall in love with the same young woman, Silvia. Another young woman, ...
Two Gentlemen of Verona, The
a comedy (1594-95) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare       an early play in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), written perhaps in ...
Two Noble Kinsmen, The
▪ play by Shakespeare and Fletcher       tragicomedy in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William) and John Fletcher (Fletcher, John). The play was probably ...
two old cat
/tooh" euh kat'/, Games. one old cat played with two batters. Also, two o' cat, two-a-cat. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
two pair
Poker. a set of two cards of the same denomination together with another matched set of different denomination from the first. * * *
Two Rivers
a city in E Wisconsin. 13,354. * * *
Two Sicilies
a former kingdom in Sicily and S Italy that existed intermittently from 1130 to 1861. * * *
Two Sicilies, Kingdom of the
Former kingdom, Italy. It united the southern part of the Italian peninsula with the island of Sicily. The region was conquered by the Normans in the 11th century; the two areas ...
Two Thousand Guineas
(also the 2 000 Guineas) a well-known British horse race run every year at Newmarket in late April or early May. It was first held in 1809. * * * ▪ horse race also spelled ...
/tooh"euh kat'/, n. See two old cat. * * *
/tooh"bag"euhr/, n. Baseball. Informal. See two-base hit. [1870-75, Amer.; two bag(s) + -ER1] * * *
two-base hit
/tooh"bays'/, Baseball. a base hit that enables a batter to reach second base safely. Also called double. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
two-base hit (to͞oʹbās') n. Baseball A hit enabling the batter to reach second base. Also called double, two-bagger. * * *
/tooh"beet'/, adj. having four beats to the measure with the second and fourth beats accented: two-beat jazz. * * *
/tooh"bit'/, adj. Slang. 1. costing twenty-five cents. 2. inferior or unimportant; small-time: a two-bit actor. [1795-1805, Amer.] * * *
Two-bit and variable-bit encoding of four sampled signal levels
▪ Table Two-bit and variable-bit encoding of four sampled signal levels sample level two-bit code words variable-bit code ...
two-body problem
/tooh"bod"ee/, Astron., Mech. the problem of calculating the motions of two bodies in space moving solely under the influence of their mutual gravitational attraction. Cf. ...
/tooh"buy fawr', -fohr', -beuh-/, adj. 1. two units thick and four units wide, esp. in inches. 2. Informal. lacking adequate space; cramped: a small, two-by-four room. 3. ...
/tooh"kul'euhr/, adj. 1. having or using two colors. 2. noting or pertaining to a photomechanical process similar to the three-color process, but using only two primary or ...
/tooh"suy'keuhl/, adj. noting or pertaining to an internal-combustion engine in which two strokes are required to complete a cycle (two-stroke cycle), one to admit and compress ...
—two-dimensionality, n. —two-dimensionally, adv. /tooh"di men"sheuh nl, -duy-/, adj. 1. having the dimensions of height and width only: a two-dimensional surface. 2. (of a ...
/tooh"ejd"/, adj. 1. having two edges, as a sword. 2. cutting or effective both ways. [1520-30] * * *
—two-facedly /tooh"fay"sid lee, -fayst"lee/, adv. —two-facedness, n. /tooh"fayst'/, adj. 1. having two faces. 2. deceitful or hypocritical. Cf. Janus-faced. [1610-20] Syn. 2. ...
See two-faced. * * *
See two-facedly. * * *
two-family house
/tooh"fam'euh lee, -fam'lee/ a house designed for occupation by two families in contiguous apartments, as on separate floors. * * *
two-field system
▪ agriculture       basis of agricultural organization in Europe and the Middle East in early times. Arable land was divided into two fields or groups of fields; one ...
/tooh"fis"tid/, adj. 1. ready for or inclined to physical combat. 2. strong and vigorous. [1765-75, Amer.; TWO + FIST1 + -ED3] * * *
/tooh"fohld'/, n. Theat. a unit of stage scenery consisting of two flats hinged together. * * *
two-four [to͞o′fôr′] adj. designating or of a musical rhythm with two quarter notes to a measure * * *
two-grained spelt (to͞oʹgrānd') n. See emmer. * * *
—two-handedly, adv. —two-handedness, n. /tooh"han"did/, adj. 1. having two hands. 2. using both hands equally well; ambidextrous. 3. involving or requiring the use of both ...
two-hander [to͞o΄han′dər] n. Chiefly Brit. a play in which there are only two characters * * *
two-horned sculpin
      any fish of the family Icelidae (order Scorpaeniformes). See sculpin. (sculpin) * * *
two-legged [to͞o΄leg′id, to͞o΄legd′] adj. having two legs * * *
—two-masted, adj. /tooh"mas"teuhr, -mah"steuhr/, n. Naut. a vessel rigged with two masts. [1895-1900; two mast(s) + -ER1] * * *
two-minute silence
n (in Britain) a silence lasting two minutes, held every year at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Sunday, in memory of the people who died during the two world wars and other conflicts. ...
two-minute warning
/tooh"min'it/, Football. a time-out called by an official to notify both teams that two minutes remain in a half. * * *
two-name (to͞oʹnām') adj. Relating to or being a commercial paper bearing the signatures of two persons liable for the obligation. * * *
two-name paper
/tooh"naym'/, Banking. commercial paper having more than one obligor, usually a maker and endorser, both of whom are fully liable. * * *
two-part time
/tooh"pahrt'/, Music. See duple time. * * *
two-party system
/tooh"pahr'tee/, Govt. a political system consisting chiefly of two major parties, more or less equal in strength. [1900-05] * * * ▪ politics       political system in ...
/tooh"fayz"/, adj. Elect. diphase. [1895-1900] * * *
/tooh"pees"/, adj. 1. having or consisting of two parts or pieces, esp. two matching pieces of a clothing ensemble: a two-piece bathing suit. n. 2. Also, two-piecer. a two-piece ...
/tooh"pluy"/, adj. consisting of two thicknesses, layers, strands, or the like. [1840-50] * * *
two-point perspective
/tooh"poynt'/. See under linear perspective. * * *
two-pointer [to͞o΄point′ər] n. Basketball a shot from inside or on the three point line, worth two points if it is made * * *
/tooh"see"teuhr/, n. a vehicle accommodating two persons. [1890-95; two seat(s) + -ER1] * * *
/tooh"shot'/, n. Motion Pictures, Television. a camera shot, as a close-up, of two persons. * * *
—two-sidedness, n. /tooh"suy"did/, adj. 1. having two sides; bilateral. 2. having two aspects or characters. [1860-65; TWO + SIDE1 + -ED3] * * *
two-spir·it (to͞oʹspĭr'ĭt) n. A person, especially a Native American man, who assumes the sexual identity and is granted the social status of the opposite sex. See Usage ...
/tooh"spot'/, n. 1. a playing card or the upward face of a die that bears two pips, or a domino one half of which bears two pips. 2. Informal. a two-dollar bill. [1880-85, ...
two-spotted spider mite
/tooh"spot'id/ a widespread web-spinning mite, Tetranychus urticae, that is a pest of fruit trees and houseplants. [1945-50] * * *
/tooh"stahr'/, adj. of or being a major general, as indicated by two stars on an insignia. * * *
/tooh"step'/, n., v., two-stepped, two-stepping. n. 1. a ballroom dance in duple meter, marked by sliding steps. 2. a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance. v.i. 3. ...
two-stroke [to͞o′strōk′] adj. designating or having to do with an internal-combustion engine in which a complete fuel cycle in a cylinder requires only two piston strokes * ...
two-stroke cycle
/tooh"strohk'/. See under two-cycle. * * *
/tooh"sooh"teuhr/, n. 1. a suitcase designed to hold two suits and additional smaller items. 2. Bridge. a hand having at least five cards in each of two suits. [1920-25 for def. ...
two-thirds rule
/tooh"therrdz'/ a former rule in the Democratic party, effective 1832-1936, requiring a vote of at least two thirds of its national convention delegates to nominate a ...
/tooh"tear"/, adj. 1. consisting of two tiers, floors, levels, or the like: a two-tier wedding cake. 2. consisting of two separate price structures, sets of regulations, etc.: a ...
two-tier gold system
▪ international money reserves       arrangement set up to protect international monetary reserves from the pressure of higher gold prices; under a two-tier system, ...
two-tier health system
➡ hospital trust * * *
—two-timer, n. /tooh"tuym'/, v.t., two-timed, two-timing. Informal. 1. to be unfaithful to (a lover or spouse). 2. to double-cross. [1925-30] * * *
two-time loser
Slang. 1. a person who has been sentenced to prison twice, esp. for a major crime in a state where a third sentence is mandatory life imprisonment. 2. a person who has failed at ...
See two-time. * * *
two-toed anteater
/tooh"tohd'/. See silky anteater. * * *
two-toed sloth
either of two sloths of the genus Choloepus, having two claws on the forelimbs and three on the hind limbs, including C. didactylus and C. hoffmanni. Also called unau. See illus. ...
two-toed sloth (to͞oʹtōd') n. See sloth. * * *
/tooh"tohn"/, adj. having two colors or two shades of the same color: a two-tone automobile. Also, two-toned. [1925-30] * * *
/tooh"trak'/, Dressage. n. 1. an oblique movement of a horse in which the forehand and hindquarters move on two distinct parallel tracks and the body is maintained uniformly in ...
/tooh"up"/, n. a game in which two players bet that two tossed coins will land either with matching or nonmatching sides facing up. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
/tooh"way"/, adj. 1. providing for or allowing movement in opposite directions, or both to and from a place: two-way traffic. 2. allowing or entailing communication or exchange ...
two-way mirror n. See one-way mirror. * * *
/tooh"hwee"leuhr, -wee"-/, n. a vehicle, esp. a bicycle, having two wheels: The boy changed his tricycle for a two-wheeler. [1860-65] * * *
two-word verb
/tooh"werrd'/, Gram. a phrasal verb. * * *
two bits pl.n. 1. Informal. Twenty-five cents. 2. Slang. A petty sum. * * *
twocents worth
two cents worth n. Informal A usually unsolicited opinion on a subject: offered my two cents worth on the new policy. * * *
/tooh"feuhr/, n. Informal. 1. a card or ticket entitling the holder to purchase two tickets to a theatrical performance at a reduced price. 2. a coupon or offer entitling a ...
—twofoldness, n. adj. /tooh"fohld'/; adv. /tooh"fohld"/, adj. 1. having two elements or parts. 2. twice as great or as much; double. adv. 3. in twofold measure; ...
twofold purchase
Mach., Mech. a purchase using a double standing block and a double running block so as to give a mechanical advantage of four or five, neglecting friction, depending on whether ...
/tooh"leg"id, -legd"/, adj. having two legs. [1555-65; TWO + LEG + -ED3] * * *
(1928– ) a US painter whose works are abstract and often include handwriting. * * *
Twombly, Cy
▪ American artist in full  Edwin Parker Twombly, Jr.   born April 25, 1928, Lexington, Va., U.S.       American painter, draughtsman, and sculptor whose work reflects ...
/tooh"nee/, n. Canadian Informal. a two-dollar coin. Also, toonie. [TW(O) + (L)OONIE] * * *
/tup"euhns/, n., pl. twopence, twopences for 2-4. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Brit. a sum of two pennies. 2. a bronze coin of the United Kingdom equal to two pennies: issued ...
/tup"euh nee, tooh"pen'ee/, adj. 1. of the amount or value of twopence. 2. costing twopence. 3. of very little value; trifling; worthless. Also, tuppenny. [1525-35; TWO + ...
/twawr"kof/, n. Jack, 1900-82, U.S. painter, born in Poland. * * *
Tworkov, Jack
▪ American artist born Aug. 15, 1900, Biała, Pol. died Sept. 4, 1982, Provincetown, Mass. U.S.  Polish-born American painter, an exponent of the Abstract Expressionist ...
Two Sic·i·lies (to͞o sĭsʹə-lēz) A former kingdom comprising Sicily and Naples. The two territories were ruled jointly at various times and were united in 1816. Garibaldi ...
/tooh"seuhm/, adj. 1. consisting of two; two-fold. 2. performed or played by two persons. n. 3. two together or in company; couple; duo. 4. Golf. a match between two ...
Twp abbrev. township * * *
township. * * *
Arabic root, to be able, be capable, sustain, support. 1. pataca, from Arabic ṭāqa, window, from ṭāqa, to be able, be capable, sustain, in derived stem ṭawwaqa, to ...
Transport Workers Union of America. * * *
Central Semitic noun *taww-, mark, sign. a. tau, from Greek tau, tau; b. tav, from Hebrew tāw, tav. Both a and b from Phoenician *taww, mark, twenty-second letter of the ...
often /twiks/ a teletypewriter exchange service operating in the United States and Canada for the exchange of printed messages. [t(eletype)w(riter) (e)x(change service)] * * *
Twyla Tharp
➡ Tharp * * *
Twysden, Sir Roger
▪ English historian born Aug. 21, 1597, East Peckham, Kent, Eng. died June 27, 1672, East Peckham       English political pamphleteer and constitutional historian who ...
Common Semitic noun *tawʾam-, twin. Thomas, from Aramaic tāmā or Hebrew tôʾām, twin. * * *
Texas (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * *
Territory. * * *
▪ Indian composer born May 4, 1767, Madras Presidency [Tamil Nadu], India died Jan. 6, 1847, Madras Presidency [Tamil Nadu]       Indian composer of Carnatic (Carnatic ...
Tyard, Pontus de
▪ French poet born c. 1522, Bissy-sur-Fley, Burgundy, Fr. died Sept. 23, 1605, Bragny-sur-Saône  Burgundian poet and member of the literary circle known as La Pléiade who ...
To be(come) good, pleasant. a. mazel tov, from Late Hebrew mazzāl ṭôb, good luck, from ṭôb, good, from ṭôb, to be(come) good; b. Tobit, from Hebrew ṭôbīyāh, my ...
/tuy"beuhrn/, n. a former place of public execution in London, England. * * * ▪ river, England, United Kingdom       small left-bank tributary of the River Thames ...
/tuy"kee/, n. the ancient Greek goddess of fortune. [ < Gk týche luck, fortune] * * * ▪ Greek goddess       in Greek religion, the goddess of chance, with whom the ...
/tuy"koh/, n. a prominent crater in the third quadrant of the face of the moon, about 56 miles (90 km) in diameter. * * * ▪ lunar crater  conspicuous impact crater lying at ...
Tycho's Nova
▪ astronomy also called  B Cassiopeiae  or  SN 1572        one of the few recorded supernovas (supernova) in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Danish astronomer Tycho ...
Tychonic system
/tuy kon"ik/, Astron. a model for planetary motion devised by Tycho Brahe in which the earth is stationary and at the center of the planetary system, the sun and moon revolve ...
Ty·chy (tĭkʹē, tĭʹKHĭ) A town of south-central Poland south of Katowice. It was largely developed as a resettlement community after World War II. Population: 139,562. * ...
▪ Christian theologian Introduction       one of the most important biblical theologians of 4th-century North African Latin Christianity. Although little is known of ...
/tuy koohn"/, n. 1. a businessperson of great wealth and power; magnate. 2. (often cap.) a title used with reference to the shogun of Japan. [1855-60; < Japn taikun < MChin, ...
/tuy"dee euhs, -dyoohs, tid"ee euhs/, n. Class. Myth. the father of Diomedes: one of the Seven Against Thebes. * * *
Tydings-McDuffie Act
▪ United States [1934] (1934),also called  Philippine Commonwealth And Independence Act,    the U.S. statute that provided for Philippine independence, to take effect on ...
Tye, Christopher
▪ British composer born c. 1505 died 1572?       composer and organist who was an innovator in the style of English cathedral music perfected by Thomas Tallis (Tallis, ...
/tuy"ee/, n. See chinook salmon. Also called tyee salmon. [1790-1800, Amer.; < Chinook Jargon: chief, boss ( < Nootka ta·yi· elder brother, senior); as a name for the fish ...
Tyers, Lake
▪ lake, Victoria, Australia       coastal lake in Gippsland, on the eastern coast of Victoria, Australia, near the northeastern end of Ninety Mile Beach. The lake ...
Ty·gart (tīʹgərt) A river, about 257 km (160 mi) long, of northern West Virginia flowing northward as a tributary of the Monongahela River. * * *
Tygon [tī′gän] 〚arbitrary coinage〛 trademark for any of a group of vinyl compounds used as a lining or coating on metal surfaces, as tubing, etc., to prevent corrosion * ...
/tuy"ing/, v. present participle of tie. * * *
tyi·yn (tyē-ĭnʹ) n. pl. tyiyn See table at currency.   [Kyrgyz.] * * *
tyke1 /tuyk/, n. 1. a child, esp. a small boy. 2. any small child. 3. a cur; mongrel. 4. Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor. Also, tike. [1350-1400; ME < ON tik ...
ty·lec·to·my (tī-lĕkʹtə-mē) n. pl. ty·lec·to·mies Surgical removal of a lump, especially a cancerous one.   [Greek tulos, lump; See teuə- in Indo-European Roots + ...
/tuy"leuh nawl', -nol'/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of acetaminophen. * * * ▪ drug       trademarked brand of acetaminophen, an aspirin-free pain reliever and fever ...
n [U] a US medicine that relieves pain and does not contain aspirin. The drug it contains is called paracetamol in Britain. * * *
/tuy"leuhr/, n. tiler (def. 2). * * * (as used in expressions) Moore Mary Tyler Wat Tyler's Rebellion Tyler Anne Tyler John * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, ...

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