I. adjective Etymology: Middle English twa, two, from Old English twā (feminine & neuter); akin to Old English twēgen two (masculine), (neuter), Old High German zwēne, Latin duo, Greek dyo Date: before 12th century 1. being one more than one in number 2. being the second — used postpositively <
section two of the instructions
II. pronoun, plural in construction Date: before 12th century 1. two countable individuals not specified <
only two were found
2. a small approximate number of indicated things <
only a shot or two were fired
III. noun (plural twos) Date: 13th century 1. — see number table 2. the second in a set or series <
the two of spades
3. a 2-dollar bill 4. something having two units or members

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  • two — [tu:] number [: Old English; Origin: twa] 1.) the number 2 ▪ I ll be away for almost two weeks. ▪ We have to be there by two (=two o clock) . ▪ His family moved to Australia when he was two (=two years old) . 2.) in twos in groups of two people… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • two — ► CARDINAL NUMBER ▪ one less than three; 2. (Roman numeral: ii or II.) ● put two and two together Cf. ↑put two and two together ● two by two (or two and two) Cf. ↑two by two …   English terms dictionary

  • two — O.E. twa, fem. and neut. form of twegen two (see TWAIN (Cf. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • two — UK US /tuː/ number ● two plus two equals five Cf. two plus two equals five …   Financial and business terms

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