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| Cardinal: two
From earlier twise, from Middle English twies, twiȝes, from Old English twīġes (“twice”), from twīwa, twīġa ("twice"; whence Middle English twie (“twice”)) + -es (adverbial genitive ending). Related to Saterland Frisian twäie (“twice”), Middle Low German twiges, twies (“twice”), Middle High German zwies (“twies”). Compare also twi- meaning two or both.
twice (not comparable)
- Two times.
- 1934, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
- Santa Claus is coming to town. / He’s making a list, / And checking it twice, / He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. / Santa Claus is coming to town.
- (usually with "as", of a specified quality) Doubled in quantity, intensity, or degree.
1826, John Nicholson, The Operative Mechanic, and British Machinist: Being a Practical Display of the Manufactories and Mechanical Arts of the United Kingdom, volume 1, H.C. Carey & I. Lea, page 78:
- Thus it appears that if the machine is turning twice as slow as before, there is more than twice the former quantity in the rising buckets; and more will be raised in a minute by the same expenditure of power.
1896, Livingston Stone, Domesticated Trout: How to Breed and Grow Them, fourth edition, page 304:
- You can't get anything thinner than a spring shad, unless you take a couple of them, when, of course, they will be twice as thin.
1952, Peter Lincoln Spencer, Building mathematical concepts in the elementary school, page 139:
- MARY: As you go from left to right, each example has twice as many twos; from right to left, twice as few.
1995, Louise Corti, Heather Laurie, Shirley Dex, Highly Qualified Women, Great Britain. Dept. of Employment, page 18:
- Both men and women with higher qualifications were twice as less likely to be unemployed than their less qualified counterparts.