- 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 Words for twinedtwist, enmesh, bend, wrap, curl, tangle, braid, interweave, undulate, spiral, interlace, entwine, encircle, splice, knit, weave, entangle, surround, plait, wind
Examples from the Web for twined
Historical Examples of twined
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
It was twined of Olympic olive leaves and Apollo's own laurel.Buried Cities, Part 2
As Eric struggled with the sleeves of his coat, she twined her arms round his neck.The Education of Eric Lane
To tear out the weeds you would rend also the roots they twined among.The Prisoner
- 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 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.