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[twahyn] /twaɪn/
a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together.
an act of twining, twisting, or interweaving.
a coiled or twisted object or part; convolution.
a twist or turn in anything.
a knot or tangle.
verb (used with object), twined, twining.
to twist together; interwind; interweave.
to form by or as by twisting together:
to twine a wreath.
to twist (one strand, thread, or the like) with another; interlace.
to insert with a twisting or winding motion (usually followed by in or into):
He twined his fingers in his hair.
to clasp or enfold (something) around something else; place by or as if by winding (usually followed by about, around, etc.):
She twined her arms about the sculpture and carried it away.
to cause (a person, object, etc.) to be encircled with something else; wreathe; wrap:
They twined the arch with flowers.
verb (used without object), twined, twining.
to wind about something; twist itself in spirals (usually followed by about, around, etc.):
Strangling vines twined about the tree.
to wind in a sinuous or meandering course.
Origin of twine1
before 900; Middle English twine (noun), twinen (v.), Old English twīn (noun) literally, a double or twisted thread; cognate with Dutch twijn; akin to German Zwirn, Old Norse tvinni thread, twine; see twi-
Related forms
twineable, adjective
twiner, noun
Can be confused
twain, twin, twine.


[twahyn] /twaɪn/
verb (used with or without object), twined, twining. Scot.
to separate; part.
Also, twin.
1175-1225; late Middle English twinen, variant of earlier twinnen, derivative of twin twin1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for twined
Historical Examples
  • Above, below, the rose of snow, twined with her blushing foe we spread.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • They were the younger sisters of the corn; they grew with the corn and twined about it.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • It was twined of Olympic olive leaves and Apollo's own laurel.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • As Eric struggled with the sleeves of his coat, she twined her arms round his neck.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • To tear out the weeds you would rend also the roots they twined among.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She unclasped her hands, moved them slightly, and twined her fingers as before.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • She took her lover's hand and twined her fingers into his. '

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • When the pipe left me the creature's legs were twined about the bowl.

  • He twined his fingers lovingly in the slack of Mr. Pilkington's coat.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • Henceforth may the lilies and the harp be ever twined together.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for twined


string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc
the act or an instance of twining
something produced or characterized by twining
a twist, coil, or convolution
a knot, tangle, or snarl
(transitive) to twist together; interweave: she twined the wicker to make a basket
(transitive) to form by or as if by twining: to twine a garland
when intr, often foll by around. to wind or cause to wind, esp in spirals: the creeper twines around the tree
Derived Forms
twiner, noun
Word Origin
Old English twīn; related to Old Frisian twīne, Dutch twijn twine, Lithuanian dvynu twins; see twin
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Word Origin and History for twined



Old English twin "double thread," from Proto-Germanic *twizna- (cf. Dutch twijn, Low German twern, German zwirn "twine, thread"), from the same root as twin (q.v.). The verb meaning "to twist strands together to form twine" is recorded from late 13c.; sense of "to twist around something" (as twine does) is recorded from c.1300. Related: Twined; twining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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