Definition of twine in English:


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Pronunciation: /twʌɪn


[mass noun]
  • Strong thread or string consisting of two or more strands of hemp or cotton twisted together.
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    • An empty plastic 2 litre bottle is tied to a rock, or bag of stones with strong twine or string.
    • Her works often consist of accumulations of old-fashioned, everyday objects that have been meticulously wrapped in white twine or cotton thread.
    • And all I had to use for a bowstring was some cotton twine.
    string, cord, strong thread, yarn


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  • 1Wind or cause to wind round something: [no object]: the plant will twine round its support [with object]: she twined her arms round his neck
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    • He twined his fingers round its rein, as it nuzzled his hands.
    • For the fabrication of the ring in gold, the craftsman first converts gold into thin wires and then winds and twines them to form the patterns on a circular base.
    • ‘I better get back,’ Basil said, twining the ribbon through his fingers.
    wind, entwine; wrap, lace, wreathe
  • 1.1 [with object] Interlace: a spray of jasmine was twined in her hair
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    • The strands are the sections of the hair that are twined together to form a braid.
    • I didn't resist, both of us crushing the leaf until fragments fell and were scattered by the wind, her fingers twined in mine.
    • Sometimes one yearns for the days when crime and showbiz were not as tightly twined as they are now.



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  • Black-eyed Susan vine is a tender twiner with spring-frost yellow, orange or white blooms with a contrasting eye.
  • Another Australian twiner, this one has very lovely large pink trumpet flowers with a darker centre.
  • This small twiner will grow thicker and harder in due course and curl round the tree-stem.


Old English twīn 'thread, linen', from the Germanic base of twi- 'two'; related to Dutch twijn.

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