- any plant having a long, slender stem that trails or creeps on the ground or climbs by winding itself about a support or holding fast with tendrils or claspers.
- the stem of any such plant.
- a grape plant.
Origin of vine
Examples from the Web for vines
She hymned the delights of Twitter (where she had 2.15 million followers) and Vines.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
When Giuseppe arrived in the valley, apple orchards were the cash crop, not vines.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
A riot of leaves walls off a bend in the river, a curtain of vines cascades from impossibly tall mango trees.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
Debra A. Klein
June 21, 2014
The path for our group of six is being carved through tangles of vines and vegetation one machete hack at a time.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
April 28, 2014
Which begs the question: Why is Mohler hyper-focusing on Vines now?Counterattacking the Gay Evangelical
Matthew Paul Turner
April 27, 2014
The moon came up after awhile, and streamed in through the vines of the porch.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
The muses, like vines, may be pruned, but not with a hatchet.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
Homer pictures the youths and the maidens pressing the vines together.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
I plunged into the avenue of the vines leading to the grotto.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Fruit trees, Turkey corn, vines, and flax flourished in luxuriance.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- any of various plants, esp the grapevine, having long flexible stems that creep along the ground or climb by clinging to a support by means of tendrils, leafstalks, etc
- the stem of such a plant
- Barbara. See (Ruth) Rendell
Word Origin and History for vines
c.1300, from Old French vigne, from Latin vinea "vine, vineyard," from vinum "wine," from PIE *win-o-, from an Italic noun related to words for "wine" in Greek, Armenian, Hittite, and non-Indo-European Georgian and West Semitic (cf. Hebrew yayin, Ethiopian wayn); probably ultimately from a lost Mediterranean language word *w(o)in- "wine." The European grape vine was imported to California via Mexico by priests in 1564.
Idioms and Phrases with vines
see clinging vine; wither on the vine.