twenty

Definitions

  • "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
    "'How would you like to earn twenty pounds reward?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj twenty denoting a quantity consisting of 20 items or units
    • n twenty a United States bill worth 20 dollars
    • n twenty the cardinal number that is the sum of nineteen and one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
Mr. Punch volume twenty five Mr. Punch volume twenty five
the twenty fifth volume the twenty fifth volume
FOUR-AND-TWENTY TAILORS WENT TO KILL A SNAIL FOUR-AND-TWENTY TAILORS WENT TO KILL A SNAIL
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
What larks! Killed four-and-twenty blackbirds all in a row! at one shot!!! What larks! Killed four-and-twenty blackbirds all in a row! at one shot!!!
four and twenty blackbirds four and twenty blackbirds
Ericsson on his Arrival in England, aged twenty-three Ericsson on his Arrival in England, aged twenty-three

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men in their early twenties shave an average of four times a week
    • Twenty A symbol representing twenty units, as 20, or xx.
    • Twenty An indefinite number more or less that twenty. "Maximilian, upon twenty respects, could not have been the man."
    • Twenty One more than nineteen; twice ten; as, twenty men.
    • Twenty The number next following nineteen; the sum of twelve and eight, or twice ten; twenty units or objects; a score.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds
    • twenty One more than nineteen; twice ten: a cardinal numeral.
    • twenty Proverbially, an indefinite number: sometimes duplicated.
    • n twenty The number which is one more than nineteen; twice ten; a score.
    • n twenty A symbol rep resenting this number, as 20, XX, or xx.
    • n twenty An old division of English infantry (see thousand and hundred). The commander of a twenty was called vintiner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a town in Texas called Ding Dong. In 1990, the population was only twenty-two people
    • adj Twenty twen′ti twice ten: nineteen and one: an indefinite number
    • n Twenty the number next after nineteen: the figures representing twenty: an old English division of infantry
    • n Twenty one of twenty equal parts of anything
    • n Twenty the number made up of four and twenty:
    • n Twenty (pl., print.) a form of composed type or plates containing twenty-four leaves or forty-eight pages, properly arranged for printing and folding: a book made up of sections of twenty-four pages
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Quotations

  • Alphonse Karr
    Alphonse Karr
    “If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more daring.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “What is an expert? Someone who is twenty miles from home.”
  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “My wife and I were happy for twenty. Then we met!”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.”
  • Lou Holtz
    Lou%20Holtz
    “Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.”

Idioms

Hindsight is twenty-twenty - After something has gone wrong, it is easy to look back and make criticisms.
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Twenty-four seven - Twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twenty, AS. twēntig, twentig,; akin to OFries. twintich, OS. twēntig, D. & LG. twintig, OHG. zweinzug, G. zwanzig, Goth. twai tigjis,; that is, two tens. See Twain Two, and Ten

Usage

In literature:

I get twenty-one dollars and this month I am to get twenty-seven.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Twenty-fifth day, eyes opened and shut when child is spoken to or nodded to (30).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
The cost of this uniform is in winter twenty-four dollars, and in summer twenty dollars.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Faulby is about twenty miles from York, and there John Harrison was born in 1693, when William and Mary reigned in England.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
In twenty days Cartier is off that bold headland with the hole in the wall called Bona Vista.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Mix well and make into twenty powders.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Boston, Ohio, and Peninsula, Ohio, between twenty-five and twenty-eight miles south of Cleveland, on the Cuyahoga River, were submerged.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
The production of this plant is twenty-eight thousand shells and twenty-five thousand fuses daily.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
He was a man of means, and so several waggons, eighty oxen, twenty horses, and twenty-five servants were provided.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
As a rule there are usually between ten and twenty wet diapers during each twenty-four hours.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
One club for twenty players, ten on each side, is a good proportion.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
We were wet through to the skin, and came on in that state four-and-twenty miles.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
After twenty-four hours' travel the steamer stopped.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Boys of twenty-one form another portion, fully imbued with a belief in woman's inferiority which only experience can eradicate.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
They, however, were never parted until, twenty years later, his death left Maisie a widow, as she believed.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He says fifteen or twenty members of Congress visit his house daily.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
He had been there for four-and-twenty hours.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Meanwhile, Pocahontas had died, in 1617, aged about twenty-two, just when leaving England for a visit home.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Mr. Dean represented his district in the house of the twenty-first and twenty-second legislatures.
"Fifty Years In The Northwest" by William Henry Carman Folsom
Large bandage round the loins, drank twenty tumblers of water before breakfast; and twenty more during the day.
"Every Man his own Doctor" by R. T. Claridge
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In poetry:

Twenty years hence my eyes may grow
If not quite dim, yet rather so,
Still yours from others they shall know
Twenty years hence.
"Twenty Years Hence" by Walter Savage Landor
The wear twenti hondrith spear-men good;
Without any feale;
The wear borne along be the watter a Twynde,
Yth bowndes of Tividale.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
'I am long past wailing and whining—
I have wept too much in my life:
I've had twenty years of pining
As an English labourer's wife.
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
Oh, what a thing is man! how farre from power,
From setled peace and rest!
He is some twentie sev'rall men at least
Each sev'rall houre.
"Giddinesse" by George Herbert
And soon before our king they came,
And knelt down on the ground:
Then might the tanner have been away,
He had liever than twenty pound.
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley
"A collar, a collar, here!" said the king,
"A collar!" he loud gan cry;
Then would he liever than twenty pound,
He had not been so nigh.
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley

In news:

Twenty-three million pages is a lot of pages.
Twenty-seven marijuana plants were confiscated Friday, Sept 28, 2012, from a home west of Bryan following an investigation.
Twenty-seven year old Charlie Wittmack has done that, in seven different countries.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Twenty-three debutantes attended the Flour Bluff/Padre Island Coastal Cotillion 's first event on Sept 16 at the home of Dr and Mrs Steve Almond.
Twenty-two-year-old Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has one shutout among his five starts since being promoted from Hershey (AHL).
More than six months after the Group of Twenty (G20) leading nations put forward a global bank tax, the I.M.F.
Twenty-Two Fire Departments Respond To Bear Lake Blaze.
Twenty years ago, when Marypat and I took on our first trans-Canada canoe expedition, we were operating on a financial shoestring.
Twenty something on the Vineyard.
Twenty-three students have been accepted into the School of Audiology's Au.
Anne Makepeace has been making award-winning independent films for twenty years.
Dungeon Master Java takes care of all these problems and brings this classic into the twenty-first century with updated art and an impressive level editor that will having you designing dungeons in minutes.
Recipe created by Four & Twenty Blackbirds.
Your Professional and consumer lifestyle guide Twenty years after `Roots,' a country invites African Americans home.
All of these films and TV shows based in the twenties.
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In science:

We have surveyed twenty sightlines and detected H+ 3 along eight of them.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
Catalytic spatial branching (mostly for superprocesses though) has been the sub ject of vigorous research in the last twenty years initiated by Dawson, Fleischmann and others.
Branching diffusions, superdiffusions and random media
Scalar fields attracted a great deal of attention in cosmolog y and in relativistic astrophysics in the last twenty years.
Genericity of blackhole formation in the gravitational collapse of homogeneous self-interacting scalar fields
The connection between the statistical physics of disordered systems and optimization problems in computer science dates back from twenty years at least .
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
The instantaneous field of view of H 2EX is more than twenty thousand times larger than that of the high spectral resolution S pitz er/I RS − SH mode and M I RI /J W S T .
The Molecular Hydrogen Explorer H2EX
Twenty-three reference stars were thus selected (see Table 4).
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
The strength functions of the unperturbed shell–model configurations are not constant, but are peaked with a width of twenty MeV or so.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The string 00000000000000000000, which can be described as “twenty 0’s”, seems much simpler than say 10010111011010100010 in which there is no obvious pattern (though one might exist).
Second Quantized Kolmogorov Complexity
The determined points on the extinction-distance relationship from twenty five simulations (black) and the underlying exti nction, input to the simulations (red).
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
We will refer to those twenty-six weights in the order listed.
Fusion Rings of Loop Group Representations
Szemer´edi, On the second eigenvalue in random regular graphs, Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (Seattle, Washington, USA), ACM, may 1989, pp. 587–598.
Matrix Completion from a Few Entries
We also examine the higher resolution images from the Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty Centimeters (FIRST) survey (Becker, White & Helfand 1995) and literature if available.
Every BCG with a strong radio AGN has an X-ray cool core: is the cool core - noncool core dichotomy too simple?
Over the past twenty years, a variety of algorithms have been developed for recursively updating estimates of the dominant subspace of a sample covariance matrix.
Minimax rank estimation for subspace tracking
The study of QC aims to address the issues related to the physical nature of computing, and over the last twenty years there have been a number of quantisations of the classical models of computation, and novel results on the complexity of the tasks that can be encoded in these models.
Intrinsically universal n-dimensional quantum cellular automata
This improves the sparse graph case of the best previously known worst-case bound of O(min{mn, n2.376}), which has stood for twenty years.
Faster generation of random spanning trees
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