: a twining stem or flexible shoot (as of the hop)
also : a plant (such as woodbine) whose shoots are bines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nothing speaks: The bine-stems recall snapped lyre strings. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 19 Dec. 2019 And just a short walk from the taproom building, visitors will find Hop Culture’s hop yard: four acres of homegrown hops, with bines growing vertically upward, supported by tall trellises. Leeanne Griffin,, 30 Sep. 2019 Burnett walked ahead of the others, slicing bines about 18 inches above the ground. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2019 Hop bines, this climbing plant’s long, vine-like stems, now cover at least seven acres in the county. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2019 This year, wind has damaged some of his bines — the vine-like body of the plant that produces the cones used for bitterness and aroma in beer. Tonia Moxley,, 8 Aug. 2019 Use string, paper twine, coir (made from the fiber of coconut husk) or anything that the bines can grip well. Kym Pokorny,, 7 Jan. 2018 Wrap the bines, or elongated stems, in a clockwise direction around the climbing support to train the plant. Kym Pokorny,, 7 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History


alteration of bind entry 2

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bine was in 1707

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Cite this Entry

“Bine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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