Dictionary: TWAY – TWI'FAL-LOW-ING

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TWAY, a. [for Twain, two.]

[Not in use.] Spenser.

TWAY-BLADE, or TWY-BLADE, n. [tway and blade.]

A plant, Listera ovata, growing in Britain.


Distress; a pinching condition. [Not in use.] Arbuthnot.

TWEAG, or TWEAK, v.t. [Sax. twiccian, to twitch; G. zwicken; D. zwikken. It is radically the same word as twitch, and of the same signification.]

To twitch; to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk; as, to twaeg or tweak the nose. Shak. Swift.

TWEE'DLE, v.t.

To handle lightly; used of awkward fiddling. [Qu.] Addison.

TWEEL, v.t.

To weave with multiplied leashes in the harness, by increasing the number of threads in each split of the reed, and the number of treddles, &c. Cyc.

TWEER, n. [Fr. tuyau.]

In a smelting furnace, the point of the blast-pipe. It is sometimes written twier or tuyer.


A case for carrying tweezers.

TWEE'ZERS, n. [This seems to be formed on the root of rise, an instrument for pinching.]

Nippers; small pinchers used to pluck out hairs.

TWELFTH, a. [Sax. twelfta; Sw. tolfte; Dan. tolvte; D. twaalfde; G. zwölfte.]

The second after the tenth; the ordinal of twelve.

TWELFTH-TIDE, n. [twelfth and tide.]

The twelfth day after Christmas. Tusser.

TWELVE, a. [twelv; Sax. twelf; D. twaalf; G. zwölf; Sw. tolf; Dan. tolv. Qu. two left after ten.]

The sum of two and ten; twice six; a dozen. Twelve men compose a petit jury.

TWELVE-MONTH, n. [twelv'month; twelve and month.]

A year which consists of twelve calendar months. I shalt laugh at this a twelvemonth hence. Shak.

TWELVE-PENCE, n. [twelv'pence; twelve and pence.]

A shilling.

TWELVE-PEN-NY, a. [twelv'penny.]

Sold for a shilling; worth a shilling; as, a twelvepenny gallery. Dryden.

TWELVE-SCORE, a. [twelv'score; twelve and score.]

Twelve times twenty; two hundred and forty. Dryden.

TWEN'TI-ETH, a. [Sax. twentigtha, twentogotha. See Twenty.]

The ordinal of twenty; as, the twentieth year. Dryden.

TWEN'TY, a. [Sax. twenti, twentig; composed of twend, twenne, twæn, two, and Goth. tig, ten, Gr. δεκα, L. decem, W. deg. See Twain.]

  1. Twice ten; as, twenty men; twenty years.
  2. Proverbially, an indefinite number. Maximilian, upon twenty respects, could not have been the man. Bacon.


Twenty times as many.

TWI'BIL, n. [two and bit.]

A kind of mattock, and a halbert.

TWICE, adv. [from two.]

  1. Two times. He twice essay'd to cast his son in gold. Dryden.
  2. Doubly; as, twice the sum. He is twice as fortunate as his neighbor.
  3. Twice is used in composition; as in twice-told, twice-born, twice-planted, twice-conquered.

TWID'LE, v. [for Tweedle; See Tweak.]

TWI'FAL-LOW, v.t. [twi, two, and fallow.]

To plow a second time land that is fallowed.


Plowed twice, as summer fallow.


The operation of plowing a second time, as fallow land, in preparing it for seed.