1. [syn: couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Twain \Twain\ (tw[=a]n), a. & n. [OE. twein, tweien, tweyne, AS.
tw[=e]gen, masc. See Two.]
Two; -- nearly obsolete in common discourse, but used in
poetry and burlesque. "Children twain." --Chaucer.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with
him twain. --Matt. v. 41.
In twain, in halves; into two parts; asunder.
When old winter split the rocks in twain. --Dryden.
Twain cloud. (Meteor.) Same as Cumulo-stratus.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: two items of the same kind [syn: couple, pair,
twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet,
distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad]
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):
Technology Without An Important Name
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
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
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 TWAIN Working Group (http://twain.org/).
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Twain, CA -- U.S. Census Designated Place in California
Population (2000): 87
Housing Units (2000): 57
Land area (2000): 7.419895 sq. miles (19.217440 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 7.419895 sq. miles (19.217440 sq. km)
FIPS code: 80952
Located within: California (CA), FIPS 06
Location: 40.018101 N, 121.048898 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 95984
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.