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  1. a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together.
  2. an act of twining, twisting, or interweaving.
  3. a coiled or twisted object or part; convolution.
  4. a twist or turn in anything.
  5. a knot or tangle.
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verb (used with object), twined, twin·ing.
  1. to twist together; interwind; interweave.
  2. to form by or as by twisting together: to twine a wreath.
  3. to twist (one strand, thread, or the like) with another; interlace.
  4. to insert with a twisting or winding motion (usually followed by in or into): He twined his fingers in his hair.
  5. 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.
  6. to cause (a person, object, etc.) to be encircled with something else; wreathe; wrap: They twined the arch with flowers.
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verb (used without object), twined, twin·ing.
  1. to wind about something; twist itself in spirals (usually followed by about, around, etc.): Strangling vines twined about the tree.
  2. to wind in a sinuous or meandering course.
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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 formstwine·a·ble, adjectivetwin·er, noun
Can be confusedtwain twin twine
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Examples from the Web for twiner

Historical Examples

  • One of the most elegant plants one can have in a greenhouse is this twiner, a native of South Africa.

    Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XV., No. 388, June 9, 1883


  • Sometimes a twiner hangs in elegant festoons from branch to branch, forming a convenient suspension bridge for monkeys.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

British Dictionary definitions for twiner


  1. string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc
  2. the act or an instance of twining
  3. something produced or characterized by twining
  4. a twist, coil, or convolution
  5. a knot, tangle, or snarl
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  1. (tr) to twist together; interweaveshe twined the wicker to make a basket
  2. (tr) to form by or as if by twiningto twine a garland
  3. (when intr, often foll by around) to wind or cause to wind, esp in spiralsthe creeper twines around the tree
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Derived Formstwiner, 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 twiner



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.

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