• I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old
    I see a baker's been fined ten pounds for selling bread less than twelve hours old
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj twelve denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
    • n twelve the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Twelve men have landed on and explored the moon
    • Twelve A symbol representing twelve units, as 12, or xii.
    • a Twelve One more that eleven; two and ten; twice six; a dozen.
    • Twelve The number next following eleven; the sum of ten and two, or of twice six; twelve units or objects; a dozen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Christmas season begins after sunset on December 24th and lasts until January 5th. This is also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas
    • twelve One more than eleven; twice six, or three times four: a cardinal numeral.
    • n twelve The number made up of ten and two; a dozen.
    • n twelve A symbol representing this number, as 12, XII, or xii.
    • n twelve plural Same as duodecimo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.
    • adj Twelve twelv ten and two
    • n Twelve the number next after eleven: the figures representing twelve:
    • n Twelve twelvescore yards, a common range in archery, used also in measurements
    • n Twelve (pl.) same as duodecimo
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  • Judy Garland
    Judy Garland
    “I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.”
  • Robert Frost
    “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.”
  • George S. Kaufman
    George S. Kaufman
    “When I was born I owed twelve dollars.”
  • Charles M. Schulz
    “I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind! The answer is twelve? I think I'm in the wrong building.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “The stupidity of one brain multiplied by twelve.”
  • Herbert Spencer
    “A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twelve, twelf, AS. twelf,; akin to OFries. twelf, twelef, twilif, OS. twelif, D. twaalf, G. zwölf, OHG. zwelif, Icel. tōlf, Sw. tolf, Dan. tolv, Goth. twalif, from the root of E. two, + the same element as in the second part of E. eleven,. See Two, and Eleven


In literature:

As soon as they entered the house, the Rajah called his two sons, handsome, dark-faced lads of twelve and thirteen.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
At the end of twelve months, his pay was raised another ten shillings a week.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
I was twelve years old the year the Confederate war started.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
To be tried at twelve o'clock at night, on Halloween.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
There are twelve colored plates, among which are a number of fine snow scenes.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
One by one, Jesus blessed each of the twelve men.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
The leaves are from eight to twelve feet in length, so that the "straws" will finish a hat without splicing.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Drake made the battery harmless and set a guard of twelve men over the boats on the sand.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
The daughter was about twelve years old and big enough to wait table.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
There are twelve fine avenues at parallel distances apart of about 800 feet.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
By the law of the twelve tables, the number of flute players was restricted to ten.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
It is said to be twenty-seven miles long and twelve wide at its broadest point.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
The entire diameter of a well-grown plant is about twelve inches, and the weight from ten to twelve ounces.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
That night a man insisted that this phase had lasted twelve hours.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The Sioux killed a Chippewa father and mother and took the son, twelve years old, captive.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
It will require about twelve minutes for a young chicken.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
There are twelve or thirteen bands.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
We travelled the next morning twelve miles, to breakfast at the antique looking village of Carondalet.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
He was chosen one of the Twelve, and was a witness of the Resurrection.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
I only counted eight, but am told there are twelve.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon

In poetry:

Here came a twelve years' married pair —
And with them wander'd free
Seven sons and daughters, blooming fair,
A gladsome sight to see!
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
Twelve month sin or somewhear abaat,
A fine lukkin chap donned i' black,
Coom an luk'd at it inside an aght
An decided this mansion to tak.
"To Let" by John Hartley
Twelve hundred million men are spread
About this Earth, and I and You
Wonder, when You and I are dead,
"What will those luckless millions do?"
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
Thrice twelve months have hastened by
Since thy canvas first grew bright
With that brow's bewitching beauty,
And that dark eye's melting light.
"Mona Lisa" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Robin Hood's mother, these twelve years now,
Has been gone from her earthly home;
And Robin has paid, he scarce knew how,
A sum for a noble tomb.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
The shadow of th' Almighty's cloud
Calm on this tents of Israel lay,
While drooping paused twelve banners proud,
Till He arise and lead this way.
"Confirmation" by John Keble

In news:

Part of the charm of dining at Twelve Restaurant is knowing the modern-American menu changes monthly.
Next to Normal, Travelsty, Twelve Angry Men, What We're Up Against.
Twelve-year-old Catherine would like nothing more than to have a "normal" brother, but what she has is David.
The Catholic lad of twelve usually had two choices for attending Sunday mass.
Twelve bands in 700 words.
Twelve years back, Shea Soucie and Martin Horner founded Soucie Horner, a Chicago interior architecture fi rm.
Twelve-year-old lands first skate 1080.
AC Newman there are maybe ten or twelve get guilty.
Partridge Elementary was pleased to host Plato Elementary's principal and twelve teachers Sept 24 for professional development.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The cost of The Twelve Days of Christmas is on the rise — again.
Snow falling on a pine tree is one of Lake Metroparks' "Twelve Days of Winter" themes as the free holiday program returns Nov 17 through Jan 6 to the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center.
Twelve chemo sessions will lead to surgery.
Twelve years is a full career for most public figures.
Some fifty million Americans suffer from the condition to some degree, and about twelve million of those cases are severe enough to require medical attention.
Twelve months later, it looks like they might need a little more time.

In science:

By taking particular linear combinations of these twelve constraints, we revealed four first class constraints.
Hamiltonian analysis of the double null 2+2 decomposition of Ashtekar variables
Twelve host galaxies have spatially extended emission lines, that we use to measure their velocity fields as described in Section 8.1.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
They reported that twelve Cepheids had been found from optical surveys in B, V, R and I bands conducted at CTIO and LCO.
The Araucaria Project: The Distance to the Sculptor Group Galaxy NGC 247 from Cepheid Variables Discovered in a Wide-Field
Hardy, Ramanujan: twelve lectures on sub jects suggested by his life and work, Chelsea Publishing Company, New York 1959.
Notes on a minimal set of generators for the radical ideal defining the diagonal locus of $(\C^2)^n$
Simulations are carried out with three colors and twelve flavors of dynamical staggered fermions in the fundamental representation.
Evidence for a conformal phase in SU(N) gauge theories
We have simulated an SU (3) gauge theory with twelve flavors of staggered fermions in the fundamental representation.
Evidence for a conformal phase in SU(N) gauge theories
In the scenario of Refs. [3, 4] and Fig. 2, such a Coulomb-like region must be entangled to the presence of a conformal infrared fixed point for the theory with twelve continuum flavors, without any further transition at weaker coupling.
Evidence for a conformal phase in SU(N) gauge theories
Let nmodQ := GModule(PH_1, FEalg) be the trivial module of the matrix algebra FEalg generated by the twelve identity matrices corresponding to the twelve generators of H1 .
Simultaneous Constructions of the Sporadic Groups Co_2 and Fi_{22}
The twelve involutions pi generating the subgroup O have been calculated with MAGMA by means of P G and the program GetShortGens(H,O).
Construction of Fischer's sporadic group Fi'_{24} inside GL_{8671}(13)
On the other hand, ψd is a blowup of at least twelve points on ψd (D), a contradiction.
Log del Pezzo surfaces with simple automorphism groups
Consequently the two lower rows of Fig. 6 picture six cases, not twelve; the two in each column are the same.
A bracket polynomial for graphs, IV. Undirected Euler circuits, graph-links and multiply marked graphs
Twelve clumps were identi fied from the 870 µm dust continuum map.
LABOCA mapping of the infrared dark cloud MSXDC G304.74+01.32
Of the twelve clumps in G304.74, four are likely to be associated with newly born stars.
LABOCA mapping of the infrared dark cloud MSXDC G304.74+01.32
IV. R E SU LT S For the simulation of twelve nations with parameterization as above‡‡ , there are 1280 stable coalitions out of 212 = 4096 possible coalitions.
Model of an International Environmental Agreement among Asymmetric Nations applied to Debris Mitigation
Table 3: First twelve phases of a deterministic walk on the two-dimensional torus. A visual description of the phases on the 7 × 7 torus is given in Figure 2.
The Cover Time of Deterministic Random Walks