: moving or allowing movement in either direction
a two-way bridge
: involving or allowing an exchange between two individuals or groups
there must be good two-way communicationJerrold Orne
especially : designed for both sending and receiving messages
two-way radio
: involving mutual responsibility or reciprocal relationships
political alliance is a two-way thingT. H. White †1986
: involving two participants
a two-way race
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
: usable in either of two manners
a two-way lamp
: being a cock or valve that will connect a pipe or channel with either of two others

Examples of two-way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ford, the former Folsom High School star who spent last season with the Kings on a two-way contract before becoming a free agent this summer, was ruled out Tuesday due to illness. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 10 July 2024 Though a reserve during this campaign, White made an instantaneous two-way impact on the club at the time, guiding it to its first NBA Finals with its Tatum/Brown core. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 The former UConn sharpshooter signed his first professional contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, a two-way deal with the team that drafted him 53rd overall in last month’s NBA Draft, and then took the court for his Summer League debut against the Utah Jazz. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 9 July 2024 Monarchs are the only butterfly species known to make a two-way migration to avoid North America’s freezing wintertime temperatures, traveling annually from summer breeding grounds down to the warm, humid climates of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains—a journey that can stretch as far as 3,000 miles. Liz Lindqwister, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for two-way 

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Word History

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of two-way was in 1571

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Cite this Entry

“Two-way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two-way. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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