• WordNet 3.6
    • v twig branch out in a twiglike manner "The lightning bolt twigged in several directions"
    • v twig understand, usually after some initial difficulty "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
    • n twig a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "moose" comes from the native Algonquian Indian word meaning "twig eater."
    • n Twig A small shoot or branch of a tree or other plant, of no definite length or size. "The Britons had boats made of willow twigs , covered on the outside with hides."
    • v. t Twig To beat with twigs.
    • Twig To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover. "Now twig him; now mind him.""As if he were looking right into your eyes and twigged something there which you had half a mind to conceal."
    • v. t Twig twĭg To twitch; to pull; to tweak.
    • Twig To understand the meaning of; to comprehend; as, do you twig me?
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n twig In anatomy, one of the minute branches of a blood-vessel.
    • n twig A small shoot of a tree or other plant; a small branch; a spray.
    • n twig A divining-rod.
    • n twig In ceramics, a thin strip of prepared clay used in modeling a pottery vessel, especially in the imitation basket work common in Leeds pottery.
    • twig To switch; beat.
    • twig To be vigorous or active; be energetic
    • twig To twitch; jerk.
    • n twig A twitch; a jerk; a quick, sudden pull.
    • twig To notice; observe narrowly; watch.
    • twig To comprehend; understand; perceive; discover.
    • twig To understand; see; “catch on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Twig twig a small shoot or branch of a tree: a divining-rod
    • v.i Twig to be active
    • v.t Twig twig (slang) to observe narrowly: to understand
    • v.i Twig to understand, see
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  • Alexander Pope
    “Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.”
  • Virgil
    “As a twig is bent the tree inclines.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.”


Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined - Things, especially education, that affect and influence us in our childhood shape the kind of adult we turn out to be. (There are various versions of this, like 'As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined' and 'As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines', 'As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined')


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. twig,; akin to D. twijg, OHG. zwīg, zwī, G. zweig, and probably to E. two,


In literature:

The dead twig and the live twig now remain equally motionless, enjoying their different ways.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The general brushed out of his way any twigs that would crack.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
When the animal again commenced tearing off the twigs, he cautiously approached.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here is one year, two, three, in the twig growth.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Many plants are propagated by cutting off twigs, and setting them in earth, so that two or three eyes are covered.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
He recoiled, and a twig snapped beneath his foot.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
They made a basket of twigs and feathers and tied it half way up the tree.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
Soon he was back, with his bill full of dried twigs.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
A twig snapped as I crept nearer, and they scattered in instant flight.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
A few inches of twigs were hurt on certain English walnuts.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
How could he have twigged?
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
The next moment a crashing was heard among the twigs, and a dull sound announced that the swan had fallen upon the earth.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
The gate-keeper was awake, brushing out his house with a broom of twigs.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
All at once there was a rustle as the twigs were thrown on the glowing embers; a sharp crackling followed, and a bright flame sprang up.
"Through Forest and Stream" by George Manville Fenn
Yellow-Knobs hung up his hammock under a twig in the rose garden.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
As he raised himself a small twig snapt under his weight.
"Over the Rocky Mountains" by R.M. Ballantyne
The storm in passing had taken the breeze with it, and not a twig had stirred since.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
When disturbed, the larvae raise both ends of their bodies from the twigs or leaves, on which they rest.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
All her glory would come with the aid of that twig gatherer's leather strap.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
A well-known Indian device, in the brush, is to break a twig and leave it hanging.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

Its twigs the maiden
Fain would twine in
Her bridal-garland;
Youths its fruit are seeking.
"To My Friend - Ode I" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
O clip not that sweet pear-tree!
Each twig and leaflet spare.
'Tis sacred now,
Since the lord of Shaou,
When weary, rested him there.
"The Love Of The People For The Duke Of Shaou" by Confucius
The little hut was made of twigs,
That hand and love has rudely tied;
Though simple was its modest guise,
With palaces of gold it vied.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
All day long the woodlands dying
Moaned, and drippings as of grief
Tossed from barren boughs with sighing
Death of flying twig and leaf.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Fierce burned the sun, yet cheeks were pale,
For ice hail they had leaden hail;
In that fine forest, green and big,
There stayed unbroken not one twig.
"Sospan Fach" by Robert Graves
Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.
"The White Mans Burden" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

Basically, if Twig 's goal is not met, then no one will receive their Twig .
The pledges start at $20, but you have the option to give more (for more Twigs , of course).
Tree of Life Project Aims for Every Twig and Leaf.
Twig 's Kickstarter campaign has just begun.
Twig can be obtained at a reasonable contribution level, with discounts for reserving multiple units.
Walking into the Twig and Leaf for brunch underwhelming.
A Twig Fence for Peas.
Twig 's Historic Alexandria Homes Tour.
"The Landmarks Commission did receive a petition to designate the Twig and Leaf a historic landmark," says Dave Marchal, urban design administrator for the City of Louisville.
Watch Twig -or-Treat Wreath in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
Supplies for this project include a votive holder and twigs from your backyard.
Alexandria — The annual TWIG Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will feature six homes and gardens built in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Bring 3-4 large twigs (5-10 small) from your yard, dried, for each child.
An eye-catching covered platform feeder with whimsical white twig perches.
Linda Williams, designer with Dau Furniture, says that decorating with fruits, berries and twigs is a popular look for the holidays.

In science:

The remaining edges are called cross-twig joins, which combine the results from different twigs.
Search Driven Analysis of Heterogenous XML Data
Note that simple twigs corresponding to distinct relevant triangles can intersect, but one can routinely verify that each simple twig intersects a simple twig corresponding to at most one other relevant triangle.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Isomorphism classes of subgraphs induced by elementary twigs.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
An elementary twig is, indeed, a twig, unless it constitutes the vertex set of the entire graph.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Figure 2 shows all possible elementary twigs.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Then there exists a col lection Y of pairwise disjoint elementary twigs in G such that every relevant triangle in G is contained in an element of Y .
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Let Y be a collection of disjoint elementary twigs in G′ such that every relevant triangle in G′ is contained in an element of Y , and let (T , φ) be a Y -maximum small-cut decomposition of G′ .
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Note that φ−1 (Ti ) contains a twig for every 1 ≤ i ≤ k .
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Note that Lemma 11 is indeed applicable, as G is pruned, and therefore every triangle in G belongs to an elementary twig.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
We say an element R; in a hypergraph R is a twig if 2.
Testing Implication of Probabilistic Dependencies
Rj(i) is a branch of the twig R; in the hyper­ the notion of logical im­ We can now precisely define as a sequential 2 can be written tree.
Testing Implication of Probabilistic Dependencies
The conjecture obviously implies that the twigs of such a tree are of bounded length, and this is no longer true when the prime p is odd.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
It is known that when p = 2 the twigs have bounded lengths, so in this case we have T [m] = T for some value of m.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
We model a query that belongs to this set as a twig pattern .
Structural Consistency: Enabling XML Keyword Search to Eliminate Spurious Results Consistently
XML data (i.e., an instance), and its result structure is a twig pattern (i.e., a part of schema).
Structural Consistency: Enabling XML Keyword Search to Eliminate Spurious Results Consistently