twine

noun
\ ˈtwīn How to pronounce twine (audio) \

Definition of twine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

twine

verb (1)
twined; twining

Definition of twine (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to twist together
b : to form by twisting : weave
2a : 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

twine

verb (2)
twined; twining

Definition of twine (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland : to cause (one) to lose possession : deprive twined him of his nose— J. C. Ransom

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland : part you and me must twine— R. L. Stevenson

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Other Words from twine

Noun

twiny \ ˈtwī-​nē How to pronounce twine (audio) \ adjective

Verb (1)

twiner noun

Examples of twine in a Sentence

Noun The package was wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine. a strong piece of twine

First Known Use of twine

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for twine

Noun

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

Verb (2)

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

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The first known use of twine was before the 12th century

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“Twine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twine. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for twine

twine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twine

: a string made of two or more threads twisted together

twine

noun
\ ˈtwīn How to pronounce twine (audio) \

Kids Definition of twine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong string of two or more strands twisted together

twine

verb
twined; twining

Kids Definition of twine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to twist together We twined the branches into a wreath.
2 : to coil around a support A vine twines around the pole.

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