- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- to separate; part.
Origin of twine2
Related Wordsyarn, braid, string, thread, twist, snarl, knot, whorl, coil, tangle, convolution, cordage, enmesh, bend, wrap, curl, interweave, undulate, spiral, interlace
Examples from the Web for twine
Attaching food with skewers, toothpicks, fishing line, and twine.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
Twine dispenser: This is sort of a medium-advanced chef gift.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
She had a small cardboard sign of her own hanging by some twine from her neck.A Tale of Two Trees
November 5, 2011
Round your knees, my father, I twine this body, which my mother bare you.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
His fingers were in that hairy throat, where they had itched to twine.
Roll the veal round it, and sew it or tie it securely with twine.The Skilful Cook
Some vie to set slips and twine them, which sometimes, but seldome thriue all.A New Orchard And Garden
Mrs. Vercoe included cheese and bacon, rope and twine, and baskets.The Carroll Girls
- 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
- (tr) to twist together; interweaveshe twined the wicker to make a basket
- (tr) to form by or as if by twiningto twine a garland
- (when intr, often foll by around) to wind or cause to wind, esp in spiralsthe creeper twines around the tree
Word Origin and History for twine
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.