Meaning of TWIN in English

TWIN

n., adj., & v.

--n.

1. each of a closely related or associated pair, esp. of children or animals born at a birth.

2 the exact counterpart of a person or thing.

3 a compound crystal one part of which is in a reversed position with reference to the other.

4 (the Twins) the zodiacal sign or constellation Gemini.

--adj.

1. forming, or being one of, such a pair (twin brothers).

2 Bot. growing in pairs.

3 consisting of two closely connected and similar parts.

--v. (twinned, twinning)

1. tr. & intr. a join intimately together. b (foll. by with) pair.

2 intr. bear twins.

3 intr. grow as a twin crystal.

4 intr. & tr. Brit. link or cause (a town) to link with one in a different country, for the purposes of friendship and cultural exchange.

Phrases and idioms:

twin bed each of a pair of single beds. twin-engined having two engines. twin-screw (of a ship) having two propellers on separate shafts with opposite twists. twin set esp. Brit. a woman's matching cardigan and jumper. twin town Brit. a town which is twinned with another.

Derivatives:

twinning n.

Etymology: OE twinn double, f. twi- two: cf. ON tvinnr

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.