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two

[too] /tu/
noun
1.
a cardinal number, 1 plus 1.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 2 or II.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
4.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with two pips.
adjective
5.
amounting to two in number.
Idioms
6.
in two, into two separate parts, as halves:
A bolt of lightning split the tree in two.
7.
put two and two together, to draw a correct conclusion from the given circumstances; infer:
It didn't require a great mind to put two and two together.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English twā (feminine and neuter; cf. twain); cognate with German zwei; compare Latin duo, Greek dýo
Can be confused
to, too, two.
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British Dictionary definitions for twos

two

/tuː/
noun
1.
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one. It is a prime number See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 2, II, (ii), etc, representing this number
3.
(music) the numeral 2 used as the lower figure in a time signature, indicating that the beat is measured in minims
4.
something representing, represented by, or consisting of two units, such as a playing card with two symbols on it
5.
Also called two o'clock. two hours after noon or midnight
6.
in two, in or into two parts break the bread in two
7.
put two and two together, to make an inference from available evidence, esp an obvious inference
8.
that makes two of us, the same applies to me
determiner
9.
  1. amounting to two two nails
  2. (as pronoun) he bought two
related
adjectives binary double dual prefixes di- bi-
Word Origin
Old English twā (feminine); related to Old High German zwā, Old Norse tvau, Latin, Greek duo
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Word Origin and History for twos
two
O.E. twa, fem. and neut. form of twegen "two" (see twain), from P.Gmc. *twai (cf. O.S., O.Fris. twene, twa, O.N. tveir, tvau, Du. twee, O.H.G. zwene, zwo, Ger. zwei, Goth. twai), from PIE *duwo (cf. Skt. dvau, Avestan dva, Gk. duo, L. duo, O.Welsh dou, Lith. dvi, O.C.S. duva, first element in Hittite ta-ugash "two years old"). Twofold is O.E. tweofeald. Dance style two-step is recorded from 1900. Twofer is first recorded 1911 (originally in ref. to cigars), from two for (a dollar, etc.). Two-faced "deceitful" first recorded 1619. Two cheers for _____, expressing qualified enthusiasm first recorded 1951 in E.M. Forster's title "Two Cheers for Democracy." Two-dimensional is recorded from 1883; fig. sense of "lacking substance or depth" is attested from 1934.
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Slang definitions & phrases for twos

two

Related Terms

number two, one-two


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