1. One more that nineteen; twice; as, twenty men.
2. An indefinite number more or less that twenty. Shak.
Maximilian, upon twenty respects, could not have been the man.Bacon.
(Twen"ty), n.; pl. Twenties
1. The number next following nineteen; the sum of twelve and eight, or twice ten; twenty units or objects; a
2. A symbol representing twenty units, as 20, or xx.
(Twen"ty*fold`) a. Twenty times as many.
(Twen`ty-four"mo) a. Having twenty- four leaves to a sheet; as, a twenty-fourmo form,
book, leaf, size, etc. n. A book composed of sheets, each of which is folded into twenty-four leaves; hence,
indicating more or less definitely a size of book whose sheets are so folded; usually written 24mo, or
(Twey) a. [See Two.] Two. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Twey"fold`) a. Twofold. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Twi"bil) n. [AS. twibill; twi- (in comp.) two + bill, bil, an ax hoe, bill. See Twice, and Bill a
1. A kind of mattock, or ax; esp., a tool like a pickax, but having, instead of the points, flat terminations,
one of which is parallel to the handle, the other perpendicular to it. [Prov. Eng.]
2. A tool for making mortises. [Obs.]
3. A reaping hook.
(Twi"billed) a. Armed or provided with a twibil or twibils.
(Twice) adv. [OE. twies (where the s is the adverbial ending; see -wards), twie, AS. twiges,
twiwa; akin to twi- (in comp.) two, G. zwie-, OHG. zwi-, Icel. tvi-, L. bi-, Gr. Skr. dvi-, and E. two.
1. Two times; once and again.
He twice essayed to cast his son in gold.Dryden.
2. Doubly; in twofold quantity or degree; as, twice the sum; he is twice as fortunate as his neighbor.
Twice is used in the formation of compounds, mostly self- explaining; as, twice-horn, twice-conquered,
twice- planted, twice-told, and the like.
(Twid"dle) v. t. [Probably of imitative origin. Cf. Tweedle.] To touch lightly, or play with; to
tweedle; to twirl; as, to twiddle one's thumbs; to twiddle a watch key. [Written also twidle.] Thackeray.
(Twid"dle), v. i. To play with anything; hence, to be busy about trifles. Halliwell.
1. A slight twist with the fingers.