• WordNet 3.6
    • adj two being one more than one "he received two messages"
    • n two one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots
    • n two the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Two children having a picnic Two children having a picnic
A woman and two children with a calf A woman and two children with a calf
Two boys build a snowman Two boys build a snowman
Two men carrying a banner Two men carrying a banner
Two Old Women Were Weeping and Wailing--4-19-446 Two Old Women Were Weeping and Wailing--4-19-446
First two stanzas First two stanzas
The Two Millers The Two Millers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only 23% of New Zealand families have more than two children
    • Two A symbol representing two units, as 2, II., or ii.
    • a Two One and one; twice one.Two is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into consisting of, or having two parts divisions organs, or the like; as two-bladed, two-celled, two-eared, two-flowered, twohand, two-headed, two-horse, two-leafed or two-leaved, two-legged, two-lobed, two-masted, two-named, two-part, two-petaled, two-pronged, two-seeded, two-sided, two-story, two-stringed, two-toothed, two-valved, two-winged, and the like. "Two great lights.""Two black clouds."
    • Two The sum of one and one; the number next greater than one, and next less than three; two units or objects.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average life span of a mosquito is two weeks
    • two One and one; twice one: a cardinal numeral.
    • n two The number which consists of one and one.
    • n two A symbol representing this number, as 2, II, or ii.
    • n two A group consisting of two individuals; a duality; a pair.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants only sleep for two hours each day.
    • adj Two tōō one and one
    • n Two the sum of one and one: a figure representing two: a pair
    • adv Two doubly
    • n Two ale sold at twopence a quart
    • ***


  • Thomas Fuller
    “Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “Of two evils, choose neither.”
  • Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)
    Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)
    “Friendship is one mind in two bodies.”
  • Proverb
    “Where one is wise two are happy.”
  • Francois de Montcorbier Villon
    Francois de Montcorbier Villon
    “We were two and had but one heart between us.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “There are only two kinds of men; the dead and the deadly.”


Alike as two peas - If people or things are as alike as two peas, they are identical.
Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
Couldn't give two hoots - If you couldn't give two hoots about something, you don't care at all about it.
Football's a game of two halves - (UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.
Goody two-shoes - A goody two-shoes is a self-righteous person who makes a great deal of their virtue.
In two minds - If you are in two minds about something, you can't decide what to do.
It takes two to tango - This idiom is used to suggest that when things go wrong, both sides are involved and neither side is completely innocent.
Kill two birds with one stone - When you kill two birds with one stone, you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action.
Lesser of two evils - Something that is the lesser of two evils, is an unpleasant option, but not as bad as the other.
No two ways about it - If there are no two ways about something, there is no other possible interpretation.
Not have two nickels to rub together - (USA) If a person doesn't have two nickels to rub together, they are very poor.
Not have two pennies to rub together - If someone hasn't got two pennies to rub together, they are very poor indeed.
Put two and two together - If someone puts two and two together, they reach a correct conclusion from the evidence.
That makes two of us - A speaker says "that makes two of us" to indicate agreement with what another speaker just said. For example, I can say, "I wish I would win the lottery." A listener who says "That makes two of us" is indicating the he or she wants to win the lottery, too.
To be as thick as two bricks - Someone who is as thick as two bricks is really stupid.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. two, twa, properly fem. & neut., twei, twein, tweien, properly masc. (whence E. twain,), AS. twā, fem. & neut., twēgen, masc., , neut.; akin to OFries. twēne, masc., twā, fem. & neut., OS. twēne, masc., twā, fem., twē, neut., D. twee, OHG. zwēne, zwō, zwei, G. zwei, Icel. tveir, tvær, tvau, Sw. två, Dan. to, Goth. twai, twōs, twa,; Lith. du, Russ. dva, Ir. & Gael. da, W. dau, dwy, L. duo, Gr. dy`o, Skr. dva,. √300. Cf. Balance Barouche Between Bi- Combine Deuce two in cards, Double Doubt Dozen Dual Duet Dyad Twain Twelve Twenty Twice Twilight Twig Twine (n.) Twist


In literature:

I wished to sketch two or three of the more attractive.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Two months later, or in the early part of May, two United States vessels, the "Hancock" thirty-two, Capt.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Easier still and less expensive would be to connect by rail the last two navigable points of those two streams.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Interspaceal: occurring in the interspaces between two wing veins or two elytral striae.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The remainder, two and two, climbed the hill.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Henry Rogers had two pair, and used to loan one pair out for two cents an hour.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
La Salle sent two trusty men to the village of the Indians, to purchase, if they could, two of the boats.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Same as Fifth Relay, except that two handkerchiefs are used instead of two erasers.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Two wooden images coarsely carved, two feet in length, occupied the corners.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He gives her, every day, two smooth round pebbles to roll over and over between her two hands.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
It contained four Indian warriors, two with paddles and two with upraised rifles.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A companion, when two occupy a cabin furnished with two bed-places.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
There were three military and two naval officers, a noble, another doctor, and two sons of merchants.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The file closers work similarly two and two, or with the front rank man of a blank file.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Martin Pizarro, together with two noblemen and two pages, were the only persons who remained faithful to the viceroy.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
From this, all but two canes and two spurs of two buds each have been cut away below each wire level.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
They lay two or three eggs which are indistinguishable from the two preceding species.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
After a two days' debate it passed on May 3 by 66 ayes, 39 noes, a majority of 27 as against two a year before.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Sometimes there is a basement and only one or two stories above.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
If two and two make four to-day, they always have done so, and always will.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

Dad he says he named us two
Igo and Ago
For a poem he always knew,
Iram, coram, dago.
""Igo And Ago"" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Why should not wattle do
For mistletoe?"
Asked one — they were but two —
Where wattles grow.
"Under The Wattle" by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen
For as thy absence doth excell
All distance known:
So doth thy nearnesse bear the bell,
Making two one.
"The Search" by George Herbert
I love my mother, the wildwood,
I sleep upon her breast;
A day or two of childhood,
And then I sink to rest.
"Death Of The Flower" by Abram Joseph Ryan
A brief two centuries have been betrayed:
You made that gesture, so I which he then made
Who mocked me
"Each Man Is Each" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Not a word for you,
Not a lock or kiss,
We, one, must part in two;
Verily death is this:
I must die.
"Wife To Husband" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Coming into Monday, the boys already had two first-place finishes under their belt to go with two fourth places.
Get two Mega Gyros or two Greek salads for $9.99 or two Mega soups for $5.99.
A Cloquet woman has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide for her alleged involvement in a car crash that killed two Northland men.
After spending the last two months building nearly 40 holiday gifts for family and friends, I'm really looking forward to spending the winter building a furniture piece or two.
At least six shootings have taken place outside the two buildings in the last 18 months, in which two people have been killed and 10 wounded.
Philo Dibble , a career Foreign Service officer who played a central role in the release of two American hikers who had been held in an Iranian prison for more than two years, died at his home in McLean, Va.
Steely Dan to perform two albums in two nights at E.J Thomas Hall in November.
Two things I've heard from two different people in the last few weeks mystify me.
The first of two public hearings on the proposed 2013 city budget is Thursday at City Hall, and the two magic words on everyone's mind likely will be revenue diversification .
The Israeli army has declined to comment on a report that it had launched two air strikes in Sudan over the past two months.
Doo-Wop Group Vocals Two-By-Two.
Police Investigating Two Bank Heists Two Hours Apart.
Two dead, two missing in offshore platform fire in Gulf.
At just two pounds, two ounces, Patagonia's 60L Black Hole Duffel is the solution to that problem.
She was charged with two counts of eavesdropping and spent two weeks in jail before making bail.

In science:

The two-point correlation function can also be obtained from a supersymmetric generating function with, in this case, two different spectral masses and two bosonic superpartners .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In figure 2 the two curves are re-plotted together with two typical examples of particular results found for two specified sequences.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
Since these planes vary two by two by a translation, the two basis are in fact the same, so that s1 = s2 .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
As two alternatives to the algorithm described in the last two sections, we give below two other vintage ZQ Shor algorithms.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
In this case, one sees that there are two possible forms of Yσ (i.e. two conjugacy classes corresponding the single Xσ class of σ stable conjugates of Y ) – the two forms of orthogonal groups.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Note, that this is an expression involving two quadrilinear combinations with two Q’s and two Q† ’s, but is much simpler than the form suggested in .
Parasupersymmetric Quantum Mechanics of Order 3 and a Generalized Witten Index
In the present case, it is not clear whether the correlation between two spectra differing, say, by two units of total spin is larger or smaller than that between two spectra differing by ten units.
The Two-Body Random Ensemble in Nuclei
The fourth case occurs when a tree edge connects two other tree edges, the latter two covered only by (ux → uy ); this case can be identified by v1 or v2 being two levels above uk (Figure 8(i)).
A study of the edge-switching Markov-chain method for the generation of random graphs
Since so4 is isomorphic to sl2 ⊕ sl2 and the two half-spin representations are the two natural (two dimensional) modules for each of the two copies of sl2 .
Some new simple modular Lie superalgebras
In k -XORSAT, these two kinds of fluctuations are carried by two disjoint sets of variables, and our algorithms explicitly distinguish between these two types of variables.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
There, the authors studied the biased diffusion of two species in a fully periodic 2 × L rectangular lattice half filled with two equal number of two types of particles (labeled by their charge + or −).
Statistical Behavior Of Domain Systems
In comparison with Eq. (23), which gives the quantum phase distribution for a single two-level atom, it can be seen that Eq. (24) (phase distribution for two two-level atoms) involves both η(t) and γ (t).
Phase Diffusion in Quantum Dissipative Systems
Thus the two-point resistance Rij between two arbitrary (not necessarily connected) nodes i and j is then given by Rij = (Vi − Vj )/I , where the network is sub ject to a specified external current; for example, for the two-point geometry, Ii = 1, Ij = −1, and Ik = 0 for k 6= i, j .
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks
Consequently the smallest possible distance between any two clusters is given by x2N , where x2 (α) is the smallest root of s2 (x). A similar argument gives the largest distance between any two solutions from two different clusters: x3 (α) = 1 − x2 (α).
Random subcubes as a toy model for constraint satisfaction problems
Though it would be possible to obtain a completely strict measurement of similarity between the two paths by considering distances between the two respective adjacency matrices representing the paths, such a measurement would not work for cases where the two paths involve the same nodes but different edges.
Random and Longest Paths: Unnoticed Motifs of Complex Networks