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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Twain  \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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  two  items  of  the  same  kind  [syn:  {couple},  {doubleton},  {pair}, 
  {twosome},  {brace},  {span},  {yoke},  {couplet},  {distich}, 
  {duo},  {duet},  {dyad},  {duad}] 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Twain,  CA 
  Zip  code(s):  95984 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    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. 
  {Home  (}. 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Technology  Without  An  Important  Name 

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