- Nathan Farragut,1897–1982, U.S. Air Force general: chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1957–60.
- 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 twining
It was to the girl as if the fragrance were twining and winding about her and impelling her like leashes.Quaint Courtships
Four long, twining tentacles were attached directly to the head.
Twining was one of the executors, and could tell him everything.
"You are rather a Job's comforter, Twining," said Beecher, tartly.
"Quite convinced of that—could swear it," said Twining, eagerly.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- 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 twining
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.