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twine

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noun \ˈtwīn\

Simple Definition of twine

  • : a string made of two or more threads twisted together

Full Definition of twine

  1. 1 :  a strong string of two or more strands twisted together

  2. 2 archaic :  a twined or interlaced part or object

  3. 3 archaic :  an act of twining, interlacing, or embracing

twiny play \ˈtwī-nē\ adjective

Examples of twine

  1. The package was wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine.

  2. a strong piece of twine



Origin of twine

Middle English twin, from Old English twīn; akin to Middle Dutch twijn twine, Old English twā two


First Known Use: before 12th century


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twine

verb

Definition of twine

twinedtwin·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to twist togetherb :  to form by twisting :  weave

  3. 2a :  interlace <the girl twined her hands — John Buchan>b :  to cause to encircle or enfold somethingc :  to cause to be encircled

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to coil about a support

  6. 2 :  to stretch or move in a sinuous manner :  meander <the river twines through the valley>

twin·er noun


13th Century

First Known Use of twine

13th century


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twine

verb

Definition of twine

twinedtwin·ing

chiefly Scottish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause (one) to lose possession :  deprive <twined him of his nose — J. C. Ransom>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. chiefly Scottish :  part <you and me must twine — R. L. Stevenson>



Origin of twine

alteration of Scots twin, from Middle English twinnen, from twin double


First Known Use: 1722



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