- ( UK ) enPR: to͞o, IPA: /tuː/, X-SAMPA: /tu:/
- ( US ) enPR: to͞o, IPA: /tu/, X-SAMPA: /tu/
- Rhymes: -uː
- Homophone: to, too
- Two a. [OE. two, twa, properly fem. & neut., twei, twein, tweien, properly masc. ( whence E. twain ), AS. twā, fem. & neut., twēgen, masc., tū, neut.; akin to OFries. twēne, masc., twā, fem. & neut., OS. twēne, masc., twā, fem., twē, neut., D. twee, OHG. zwēne, zwō, zwei, G. zwei, Icel. tveir, tvær, tvau, Sw. två, Dan. to, Goth. twai, twōs, twa; Lith. du, Russ. dva, Ir. & Gael. da, W. dau, dwy, L. duo, Gr. δύο, Skr. dva. √300. Cf. Balance, Barouche, Between, Bi-, Combine, Deuce two in cards, Double, Doubt, Dozen, Dual, Duet, Dyad, Twain, Twelve, Twenty, Twice, Twilight, Twig, Twine, n., Twist.] One and one; twice one. “Two great lights.” Gen. i. 16. “Two black clouds.” Milton.
☞ Two is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into, consisting of, or having, two parts, divisions, organs, or the like; as two-bladed, two-celled, two-eared, two-flowered, twohand, two-headed, two-horse, two-leafed or two-leaved, two-legged, two-lobed, two-masted, two-named, two-part, two-petaled, two-pronged, two-seeded, two-sided, two-story, two-stringed, two-toothed, two-valved, two-winged, and the like.
One or two, a phrase often used indefinitely for a small number.
- Two n.
1. The sum of one and one; the number next greater than one, and next less than three; two units or objects.
2. A symbol representing two units, as 2, II., or ii.
In two, asunder; into two parts; in halves; in twain; as, cut in two.
From Middle English two, twa, from Old English twā ( “two” ), from Proto-Germanic *twai ( “two” ), from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁ ( “two” ). Cognate with Scots twa ( “two” ), North Frisian tou, tuu ( “two” ), Eastern Frisian twäi, twoo ( “two” ), West Frisian twa ( “two” ), Dutch twee ( “two” ), Low German twee ( “two” ), German zwei, zwo ( “two” ), Danish to ( “two” ), Swedish två, tu ( “two” ), Icelandic tvö ( “two” ), Latin duō ( “two” ), Ancient Greek δύο ( dýo, “two” ), Irish dhá ( “two” ), Lithuanian dù ( “two” ), Russian два ( dva, “two” ), Albanian dy ( “two” ), Old Armenian երկու ( erku, “two” ), Sanskrit द्व ( dvá, “two” ), Tocharian A/B wu/wi ( “two” ). See also twain .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/04/02 19:40 UTC Version )
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