Definition of twine in English:


Syllabification: twine
Pronunciation: /twīn


Strong thread or string consisting of two or more strands of hemp, cotton, or nylon 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.


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1Cause to wind or spiral round something: she twined her arms around 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, wreathe
1.1 [no object] (Of a plant) grow so as to spiral around a support: runner beans twined around canes
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  • The vine would twine itself through the tree during the winter - very pretty!
  • It was more beautiful than any others I had seen, with black silk and spots of white - an image of the night sky, I realized - and green vines twining between them.
  • Vines twined over the framework of this roof, outside and in, and all about there were potted lemon trees strung with cages of exotic, piping birds.
1.2Interlace: 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.
entwine (itself), coil, loop, twist, spiral, curl;
weave, interlace, intertwine, braid


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



More example sentences
  • 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.

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