twin primes

plural noun

Definition of twin primes

: a pair of prime numbers (such as 3 and 5 or 11 and 13) differing by two

Examples of twin primes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But progress on the twin primes conjecture has stalled. Wired, "A Big Question About Prime Numbers Gets a Partial Answer," 29 Sep. 2019 But progress on the twin primes conjecture has stalled. Wired, "A Big Question About Prime Numbers Gets a Partial Answer," 29 Sep. 2019 But progress on the twin primes conjecture has stalled. Quanta Magazine, "Big Question About Primes Proved in Small Number Systems," 26 Sep. 2019 And results similar to the twin primes conjecture have been proved. Quanta Magazine, "Where Proof, Evidence and Imagination Intersect," 14 Mar. 2019 The largest currently known pair of twin primes have nearly 400,000 digits each. Quanta Magazine, "Where Proof, Evidence and Imagination Intersect," 14 Mar. 2019 Recently, de Grey was involved with a Polymath collaboration that led to significant progress on the twin prime problem. Evelyn Lamb, WIRED, "An Anti-Aging Pundit Solves a Decades-Old Math Problem," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of twin primes

1930, in the meaning defined above

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29 Nov 2019

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“Twin primes.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twin%20primes. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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