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[in-ter-twahyn] /ˌɪn tərˈtwaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), intertwined, intertwining.
to twine together.
1635-45; inter- + twine1
Related forms
intertwinement, noun
intertwiningly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intertwining
  • Such arguments are quite pointless given the vast intertwining of the two in psychiatric disease.
  • Astronomers studying the image believe that the irresistible pull of magnetism created the intertwining spiral strands.
  • The room is full of intertwining staircases heading in all directions complete with ghostly glowing footsteps.
  • We can make use of this understanding by intertwining our concepts ever closer to our natures and condition.
  • The sustained flow of intertwining voices in his music is as fascinating as it is unpredictable.
  • Her work ranges from matching sets of intertwining candleholders to intricate fish trapped in seaweed.
  • Stem and leaves are densely covered with white intertwining hairs.
  • With twenty-one intertwining loop and dead-end trails, the system offers fun and challenge at every turn.
  • The intertwining of tradition and modernity is one of the hallmarks of her writing.
  • Secondary cables to be laid straight with no intertwining of the leads.
British Dictionary definitions for intertwining


to unite or be united by twisting or twining together Also intertwist
Derived Forms
intertwinement, noun
intertwiningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intertwining



1640s, from inter- + twine (v.). Related: Intertwined; intertwining.

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