TWAIN

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See also: twain, Twain, and twäin

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From twain, in reference to a line in Rudyard Kipling's poem The Ballad of East and West: "never the twain shall meet". This was chosen to reflect the difficulty, at the time, of connecting scanners and personal computers.

Noun[edit]

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TWAIN

  1. (computing) A standard software protocol and applications programming interface (API) that regulates communication between software applications and imaging devices such as scanners and digital cameras