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Plowing a second time.


Twofold. [Obs.] Spenser.

TWIG, n. [Sax. twig; D. twyg; G. zweig. Qu. L. vigeο, with a prefix.]

A small shoot or branch of a tree or other plant of no definite length or size. The Britons had boats made of willow twigs, covered on the outside with hides. Ralegh.


Made of twigs; wicker. Grew.


Full of twigs; abounding with shoots. Evelyn.

TWI'LI, v.t.

To weave in ribs or ridges; to quill. [See Quill.]


  1. Obscure; imperfectly illuminated; shaded. O'er the twilight groves and dusky caves. Pope.
  2. Seen or done by twilight. Milton.

TWI'LIGHT, n. [Sax. tweon-leoht, doubtful light, from tweon, tweogan, to doubt, from twegen, two.]

  1. The faint light which is reflected upon the earth after sunset and before sunrise; crepuscular light. In latitudes remote from the equator, the twilight is of much longer duration than at and near the equator.
  2. Dubious or uncertain view; as, the twilight of probability. Locke.


A quilt. [Local.] Grosse.

TWIN, a.

  1. Noting one of two born at a birth; as, a twin brother or sister.
  2. Very much resembling.
  3. In botany, swelling out into two protuberances, as an anther or germ. Martyn.

TWIN, n. [Six. twinan, to twine; from two.]

  1. One of two young produced at a birth by an animal that ordinarily brings but one; used mostly in the plural, twins; applied to the young of beasts, as well as to human beings.
  2. A sign of the zodiac; Gemini. Thomson.
  3. One very much resembling another.

TWIN, v.i.

  1. To be born at the same birth. Shak.
  2. To bring two at once. Tusser.
  3. To be paired; to be suited. Sandys. [This verb is little used.]

TWIN, v.t.

To separate into two parts. Chaucer.

TWIN'-BORN, a. [twin and born.]

Born at the same birth.


  1. A strong thread composed of two or three smaller threads or strands twisted together; used for binding small parcels, and for sewing sails to their bolt-ropes, &c. Twine of a stronger kind used for nets.
  2. A twist; a convolution; as, Typhon's snaky twine. Milton.
  3. Embrace; act of winding round. Philips.

TWINE, v.i.

  1. To unite closely or by interposition of parts. Friends now fast sworn, who twine in love. Shak.
  2. To wind; to bend; to make turns. As rivers, though they bend and twine. Swift.
  3. To turn round; as, her spindles twine. Chapman.

TWINE, v.t. [Sax. twinan; D. twynen; Sw. tvinna; Dan. tvinder; from two.]

  1. To twist; to wind, as one thread or cord around another, or as any flexible substance around another body; as, fine twined linen. Exod. xxxix.
  2. To unite closely; to cling to; to embrace.
  3. To gird; to wrap closely about. Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine. Pope.

TWIN'ED, pp.

Twisted; wound round.

TWINGE, n. [twinj.]

  1. A sudden sharp pain; a darting local pain of momentary continuance; as, a twinge in the arm or side.
  2. A sharp rebuke of conscience.
  3. A pinch; a tweak; as, a twinge of the ear. L'Estrange.

TWINGE, v.i. [twinj.]

To have a sudden, sharp local pain, like a twitch; to suffer a keen darting or shooting pain; as, the side twinges. [This is the sense in which this word is generally used within the limits of my acquaintance.]

TWINGE, v.t. [twinj; Sw. tvinga, D. dwingen, Dan. tvinger, G. zwingen, to constrain; but the sense is primarily to twitch. See Twang, Tweak, Twitch.]

  1. To affect with a sharp sudden pain; to torment with pinching or sharp pains. The gnat twinged the lion till he made him tear himself, and so he mastered him. L'Estrange.
  2. To pinch; to tweak; to pull with a jerk; as, to twinge one by the ears and nose. Hudibras.


The act of pinching with a sudden twitch; a sudden sharp, local pain.


Suffering a sharp local pain of short continuance; pinching with a sudden pull.

TWIN'ING, ppr.

  1. Twisting; winding round; uniting closely to; embracing.
  2. In botany, ascending spirally around a branch, stem or prop. Martyn.