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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [tweyn]
    • /tweɪn/
    • /tweɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [tweyn]
    • /tweɪn/

Definitions of twain word

  • noun twain Mark, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. 1
  • noun Definition of twain in Technology (graphics, standard)   An image capture API for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems that enables the user to control a scanner or digital camera from image processing software. TWAIN was first released on 1992-02-29 and is currently ratified at version 2.0 as of 2005-11-28. It is maintained by the TWAIN Working Group. Kevin Bier, chairman-emeritus of the TWAIN Working Group and the one of the original co-author/editors of TWAIN 1.0, chose the name TWAIN after reading letters by Mark Twain. It was unofficially considered to mean "toolkit without an important name." The word "twain" is an archaic form meaning "two". It appears in Kipling's "The Ballad of East and West" - "...and never the twain shall meet...", reflecting the difficulty, at the time, of connecting scanners and personal computers. It was up-cased to TWAIN to make it more distinctive. This led people to believe it was an acronym, and then to a contest to come up with an expansion. None were selected, but the entry "Technology Without An Interesting Name" continues to haunt the standard. 1
  • noun twain Mark, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. 1835–1910, US novelist and humorist, famous for his classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) 0
  • noun twain Shania (ʃəˈnaɪə), real name Eilleen Regina Edwards. born 1965, Canadian country-rock singer; her bestselling recordings include The Woman In Me (1995), Come On Over (1997), and UP! (2002) 0
  • noun twain Mark 0
  • abbreviation TWAIN two 0

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Origin of twain

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English twayn orig., nominative and accusative masculine, Old English twēgen (cf. two); cognate with obsolete German zween

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Parts of speech for Twain


twain popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

twain usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for twain

noun twain

  • bifurcation — the act or fact of bifurcating
  • binaries — binary file
  • couple — If you refer to a couple of people or things, you mean two or approximately two of them, although the exact number is not important or you are not sure of it.
  • deuce — Deuce is the score in a game of tennis when both players have forty points. One player has to win two points one after the other to win the game.
  • diremption — a sharp division into two parts; disjunction; separation.

adj twain

  • both — You use both when you are referring to two people or things and saying that something is true about each of them.

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