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Meaning of TWAIN

Pronunciation:  tweyn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  two items of the same kind
 

TWAIN is a 5 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: brace, couple, couplet, distich, doubleton, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twosome, yoke
 
 See Also: 2, deuce, II, two

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Twain\, 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 winder split the rocks in twain. --Dryden.

{Twain cloud}. (Meteor.) Same as {Cumulo-stratus}.

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

An image capture api for microsoft windows and apple macintosh operating systems. The standard was first released in 1992, and is currently ratified at version 1.9 as of January 2000. TWAIN is typically used as an interface between image processing software and a scanner or digital camera.

The word TWAIN is from 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 standard.

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