two-way

adjective \ ˈtü-ˈwā \

Definition of two-way

1 : moving or allowing movement in either direction
  • a two-way bridge
2 a : involving or allowing an exchange between two individuals or groups
  • there must be good two-way communication
  • —Jerrold Orne
especially : designed for both sending and receiving messages
  • two-way radio
b : involving mutual responsibility or reciprocal relationships
  • political alliance is a two-way thing
  • —T. H. White †1986
3 a : involving two participants
  • a two-way race
b sports : playing on both the offensive and defensive squads of a team (as in American football)
  • Frost, a throwback to the era of two-way players, is the Cardinal's starting free safety and backup quarterback.
  • The New York Times
also : playing both offense and defense well
  • a basketball forward who's a talented two-way player
4 : usable in either of two manners
  • a two-way lamp
5 : being a cock or valve that will connect a pipe or channel with either of two others

First Known Use of two-way

1571

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TWO-WAY Defined for English Language Learners

two-way

Definition of two-way for English Language Learners

  • : moving or allowing movement in both directions

  • : involving two people or groups

  • : made to send and receive messages


TWO-WAY Defined for Kids

two-way

adjective

Definition of two-way for Students

1 : moving or acting or allowing movement or action in either direction
  • two-way traffic
  • a two-way street
2 : involving two persons or groups
  • Communication is a two-way process.
3 : made to send and receive messages
  • a two-way radio


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