|[a], [b] ← 1||2||3 → [a], [b]|
| Cardinal: two|
Latinate ordinal: secondary
Adverbial: two times, twice
Latinate multiplier: double
Collective: both, pair, twosome
Multiuse collective: doublet, couple, couplet
Greek or Latinate collective: dyad
Metric collective prefix: double-
Greek collective prefix: di-, duo-
Latinate collective prefix: bi-
Metric fractional prefix: demi-
Latinate fractional prefix: semi-
Elemental: twin, doublet
Greek prefix: deutero-
Number of musicians: duo, duet, duplet
Number of years: biennium
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 (“twice”). Compare also twi- meaning two or both.
twice (not comparable)
- Two times.
- 1824, Lord Byron, “Canto the Thirteenth”, in Don Juan:
- I've done with my tirade. The world was gone; / The twice two thousand, for whom earth was made, / Were vanish'd to be what they call alone
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
- 1934, J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie (lyrics and music), “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.
- two times
- See also Thesaurus:twice
- a broken clock is right twice a day
- once a man, twice a boy
- once a man, twice a child
- once a woman, twice a child
- twice as less