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twice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv twice two times "I called her twice"
    • adv twice to double the degree "she was doubly rewarded","his eyes were double bright"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women blink nearly twice as much as men
    • Twice Doubly; in twofold quantity or degree; as, twice the sum; he is twice as fortunate as his neighbor.
    • Twice Two times; once and again. "He twice essayed to cast his son in gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Florida has twice as many lightning injuries and deaths than any other state
    • twice Two times; on two occasions; in two instances.
    • twice In twofold degree or quantity; doubly.
    • twice The second time; by or on a second trial, performance, etc.
    • twice Occurring twice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
    • adv Twice twīs two times: once and again: doubly
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Quotations

  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    Jean%20De%20La%20Fontaine
    “It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”
  • Jyrus
    Jyrus
    “He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “We are twice armed if we fight with faith.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    Baltasar%20Gracian
    “To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.”
  • Robert Herrick
    Robert Herrick
    “The person lives twice who lives the first life well.”

Idioms

Even a broken clock is right twice a day - This is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.('Even a stopped clock is right twice a day' is also used.)
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Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me - This means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.
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Once bitten, twice shy - If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twies,where the s is the adverbial ending; see -wards), twie, AS. twiges, twiwa,; akin to twi-,in comp.) two, G. zwie-, OHG. zwi-, Icel. tvī-, L. bi-, Gr. di-, Skr. dvi-, and E. two,. See Two
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. twígestwíwatwá, two.

Usage

In literature:

He had coughed once or twice, but neither of us had heard him.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Twice had Landless laid his plans for a second visit, only to be circumvented each time by the watchfulness of the overseer.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
I saw it come down twice.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Twice in the course of the ride he passed her, but her head never turned.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Twice bodies thudded to the floor.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
They are allowed water twice a day, to the extent which they will drink.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
I marvelled that so paltry a settlement should have been twice made historic.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Glauber's salt in handful doses once or twice a day for a week is also effective.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Should you meet a friend twice or oftener, at short intervals, it is polite to bow slightly each time after the first.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
She had never seen him so nearly preoccupied as he had been once or twice to-night.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Twice Denny had looked in and, seeing that quiet reigned, had noiselessly withdrawn.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
A wine glass of a weak Infusion of Digitalis, warmed with aromatics, was ordered to be taken twice a day.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
Only twice in a year she looked at it.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
And why, why, why had Ralph not come to her, if he really loved her, as he had twice told her that he did?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Twice, the red trailers passed near them, and they flattened themselves against the ground to escape observation.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A player hit twice is "killed," and is out of the game.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
I don't make the same mistake twice.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Once, twice they tried the trenches and were driven back into the marshes.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
But she considered being served twice to dessert away from home highly improper.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
To give twice this current would take twice 3 volts.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills
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In poetry:

My father didn't know me
but you kiss me in my fever.
My mother knew me twice
and then I had to leave her.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
Twice have I trod its streets, and heard
In fancy all the while
Legends in hints and whisper'd word
From narrow street and pile.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
King Arthur spurr'd his foaming horse
Amid that living flood!
And twice he wav'd his witched sword
Where the dauntless Modred stood !
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
And I have fought him vein by vein,
Loosened his cold and creeping clutch,
Driven him from her--twice and thrice--
With might too much.
"Love In Extremis" by Cale Young Rice
Sing when thou wilt, enchantment fleet,
I leave thy covert haunt untrod,
And envy Science not her feat
To make a twice-told tale of God.
"The Foot-Path" by James Russell Lowell
You took them with a happy smile,
And nursed them for a little while,
And once or twice perhaps you thought
Of the fond messages they brought.
"Dedication" by Henry Timrod

In news:

You may want to think twice before taking a bite of that bratwurst .
"A Day Without A Mexican" grossed $3.5 million – more than twice the film's cost.
Forty years ago, kids drank twice as much milk as cola.
The Cavs are on national television just twice this season: Dec 2 against Miami in LeBron's return and March 6 against the Hornets from the Q.
Chimera 's career high in power-play tallies is two, which he accomplished twice.
Ladies…you might wanna think twice when you add an extra "y" to "Hey".
Think Twice Before Taking Green Coffee Bean Extract.
China Southern Airlines has launched twice-weekly B777F service from Amsterdam to Chongqing .
It's the kind of restaurant that's used to being excluded twice.
Two teens accused of vandalizing a church twice face felony charges, and they could face more charges.
Eat this dish once or twice a 04:58.
It's time to clear the air -- twice over.
I was promised by you not once, not twice, but three times that you will handle this.
Aretha to play Brooklyn twice this month.
Entities should think twice before prematurely honoring benefactors in lasting ways.
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In science:

But the only cases that appear twice have four horizontal curves and the configurations C are related by Cremona transformations.
Rational polynomials of simple type
Differentiating twice the loglikelihood function, and the Lagrange function lead to the stated results.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
If the partner–index denotes a propagator, the index occurs twice due to the completeness relation.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
These weights may be omitted because they would contribute twice with different sign.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
Figure 4 shows how one record (with a unique oaiidentifier ), may appear twice to a harvester.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
In fact, this Lf is exactly (twice) the Dolbeault derivative ∂ .
Family Gromov-Witten Invariants for Kahler Surfaces
For the proof we apply this observation twice.
Integrated density of states for ergodic random Schr\"odinger operators on manifolds
For our fiducial model, for which we present results in the next section, we set ǫ = 2 & kTSN = 2keV, twice the maximum available energy from standard supernovae calculations, but in reasonable agreement with that suggested in previous studies (e.g.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
For our main results, we studied a model with strong feedback (ǫ = 2, twice the available energy from supernovae) and a heating temperature, kTSN = 2keV, comparable to the Lx − Tx break.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
C |Λn | where C is twice the specific V energy of µ (a value which is the event that H finite by Lemma 4.1.8 and Lemma 2.3.8).
Random Surfaces
The transfer matrix has the structure twice the wave length of light, as we infer from the oscillating terms in Eq. (2.14).
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
If x = y then a = π ′−1π ∈ Sfx, that is the summands of S (x) do not appear twice.
Invariants of mixed representations of quivers II : defining relations and applications
Third, rather than doing everything twice we prove a lemma which reduces the tracial Rokhlin property for the action of Z3 to the case of Z6 .
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
This figure plots each ob ject twice, corresponding to both epochs of observations of Kraft. et al. (2001).
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
L2 = h−∆ϕ, ψi, where we have used the Plancherel formula twice.
Generalized eigenfunctions of relativistic Schroedinger operators I
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