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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Atwain In twain; asunder. "Cuts atwain the knots."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • atwain In twain; asunder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Atwain a-twān′ in twain:
    • adv Atwain a-twān′ (arch.) asunder.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. atwaine, atwinne,; pref. a-, + twain,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Twain.


In literature:

So forcible, indeed, was this last one that I thought the lid was cleft atwain.
"Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille" by Emile Zola
Her looks involuntarily followed the water's stately course, which, like a silver band, cut Paris atwain.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Scarce on the prow, ere Juno brake the mooring-rope atwain, And rapt the sundered ship away o'er back-draught of the main.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Thy father hath given the cloak to me, wherefore then hast thou cut it atwain?
"Tales from the Old French" by Various