twine


1twine

noun \ˈtwīn\

: a string made of two or more threads twisted together

Full Definition of TWINE

1
:  a strong string of two or more strands twisted together
2
archaic :  a twined or interlaced part or object
3
archaic :  an act of twining, interlacing, or embracing
twiny \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

2twine

verb
twinedtwin·ing

Definition of TWINE

transitive verb
1
a :  to twist together
b :  to form by twisting :  weave
2
a :  interlace <the girl twined her hands — John Buchan>
b :  to cause to encircle or enfold something
c :  to cause to be encircled
intransitive verb
1
:  to coil about a support
2
:  to stretch or move in a sinuous manner :  meander <the river twines through the valley>
twin·er noun

First Known Use of TWINE

13th century

3twine

verb
twinedtwin·ing

Definition of TWINE

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