American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The cardinal number equal to the sum of 11 + 1.
- n. The twelfth in a set or sequence.
- n. Bible The twelve original disciples of Jesus.
- n. Bible The books of the Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One more than eleven; twice six, or three times four: a cardinal numeral.
- n. The number made up of ten and two; a dozen.
- n. A symbol representing this number, as 12, XII, or xii.
- n. plural Same as duodecimo.
- n. The cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in Arabic numerals as 12 and in Roman numerals as XII.
- n. A group of twelve items.
- n. A twelve-bore gun.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. One more that eleven; two and ten; twice six; a dozen.
- n. The number next following eleven; the sum of ten and two, or of twice six; twelve units or objects; a dozen.
- n. A symbol representing twelve units, as 12, or xii.
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
- adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
- From Middle English, from Old English twelf, from Proto-Germanic *twalif, an old compound of *twa- (“two”) and *-lif (“left over”), from Proto-Indo-European *leikw- (“leave, remain”). Compare West Frisian tolve, Dutch twaalf, German zwölf, Danish tolf, Norwegian tolv. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English twelf; see dwo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The authority which the Apostles in this way enjoyed, did not, in any great measure, rest on the remembrance of direct services which the twelve had rendered to the Gentile Churches: for, as the want of reliable concrete traditions proves, no such services had been rendered, at least not by the _twelve_.”
“Under the compartments, and immediately above the cornice, are twelve medallions, which were to represent the _twelve months of the year_, characterized by the different occupations peculiar to them: eight only are executed, and these are the months of summer, autumn, and winter.”
“In the state of the writer, California, one man in twelve is an avowed and registered revolutionist.”
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“Torture a dozen in case one of the twelve is a terrorist.”
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“Then you cut that log and you have what you call a twelve foot log.”
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“Mr. Gracewood has what he calls a twelve-pounder.”
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