• 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

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