Born at the same time as another. (identical twins, Fraternal twins, siamese twins)
A something or someone that looks like another something or someone. (doppleganger, double)
A sign and constellation of the zodiac. (Gemini)

See also twin brother and twin sister.

Twin (?), a. [OE. twin double, AS. getwinne two and two, pl., twins; akin to D. tweeling a twin, G. zwilling, OHG. zwiniling, Icel. tvennr, tvinnr, two and two, twin, and to AS. twi- two. See Twice, Two.]

1.

Being one of two born at a birth; as, a twin brother or sister.

2.

Being one of a pair much resembling one another; standing the relation of a twin to something else; -- often followed by to or with.

Shak.

3. Bot.

Double; consisting of two similar and corresponding parts.

4. Crystallog.

Composed of parts united according to some definite law of twinning. See Twin, n., 4.

Twin boat, ∨ Twin ship Naut., a vessel whose deck and upper works rest on two parallel hulls. -- Twin crystal. See Twin, n., 4. -- Twin flower Bot., a delicate evergreen plant (Linnaea borealis) of northern climates, which has pretty, fragrant, pendulous flowers borne in pairs on a slender stalk. -- Twin-screw steamer, a steam vessel propelled by two screws, one on either side of the plane of the keel.

 

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Twin, n.

1.

One of two produced at a birth, especially by an animal that ordinarily brings forth but one at a birth; -- used chiefly in the plural, and applied to the young of beasts as well as to human young.

2. pl. Astron.

A sign and constellation of the zodiac; Gemini. See Gemini.

3.

A person or thing that closely resembles another.

4. Crystallog.

A compound crystal composed of two or more crystals, or parts of crystals, in reversed position with reference to each other.

⇒ The relative position of the parts of a twin may be explained by supposing one part to be revolved 180° about a certain axis (called the twinning axis), this axis being normal to a plane (called the twinning plane) which is usually one of the fundamental planes of the crystal. This revolution brings the two parts into parallel position, or vice versa. A contact twin is one in which the parts are united by a plane surface, called the composition face, which is usually the same as the twinning plane. A penetration twin is one in which the parts interpenetrate each other, often very irregularly. Twins are also called, according to form, cruciform, geniculated, etc.

 

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Twin (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Twinned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Twinning.]

1.

To bring forth twins.

Tusser.

2.

To be born at the same birth.

Shak.

 

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Twin, v. t.

1.

To cause to be twins, or like twins in any way.

Shak.

Still we moved Together, twinned, as horse's ear and eye. Tennyson.

2.

To separate into two parts; to part; to divide; hence, to remove; also, to strip; to rob.

[Obs.]

The life out of her body for to twin. Chaucer.

 

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Twin, v. i.

To depart from a place or thing.

[Obs.] "Ere that we farther twin."

Chaucer.

 

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