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[twahyn] /twaɪn/
a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together.
an act of twining, twisting, or interweaving.
a coiled or twisted object or part; convolution.
a twist or turn in anything.
a knot or tangle.
verb (used with object), twined, twining.
to twist together; interwind; interweave.
to form by or as by twisting together:
to twine a wreath.
to twist (one strand, thread, or the like) with another; interlace.
to insert with a twisting or winding motion (usually followed by in or into):
He twined his fingers in his hair.
to clasp or enfold (something) around something else; place by or as if by winding (usually followed by about, around, etc.):
She twined her arms about the sculpture and carried it away.
to cause (a person, object, etc.) to be encircled with something else; wreathe; wrap:
They twined the arch with flowers.
verb (used without object), twined, twining.
to wind about something; twist itself in spirals (usually followed by about, around, etc.):
Strangling vines twined about the tree.
to wind in a sinuous or meandering course.
Origin of twine1
before 900; Middle English twine (noun), twinen (v.), Old English twīn (noun) literally, a double or twisted thread; cognate with Dutch twijn; akin to German Zwirn, Old Norse tvinni thread, twine; see twi-
Related forms
twineable, adjective
twiner, noun
Can be confused
twain, twin, twine.


[twahyn] /twaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), twined, twining. Scot.
to separate; part.
Also, twin.
1175-1225; late Middle English twinen, variant of earlier twinnen, derivative of twin twin1 Unabridged
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  • No; our luck was in to-day, when they discovered us instead of twine's squadron.

    On the Heels of De Wet The Intelligence Officer
  • Round your knees, my father, I twine this body, which my mother bare you.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A piece of wood is fastened across its diameter, and the hoop is covered with a piece of garden hose and wrapped with twine.

  • Roll the veal round it, and sew it or tie it securely with twine.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Drawing some twine from a pocket, he strung the birds together and threw them over his neck for ease of carrying.

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
  • This done, he made a slipnoose on one end of a piece of twine.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • Europa then made a smaller wreath, and climbed upon his back to twine it round his horns.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for twine


string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc
the act or an instance of twining
something produced or characterized by twining
a twist, coil, or convolution
a knot, tangle, or snarl
(transitive) to twist together; interweave: she twined the wicker to make a basket
(transitive) to form by or as if by twining: to twine a garland
when intr, often foll by around. to wind or cause to wind, esp in spirals: the creeper twines around the tree
Derived Forms
twiner, noun
Word Origin
Old English twīn; related to Old Frisian twīne, Dutch twijn twine, Lithuanian dvynu twins; see twin
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Word Origin and History for twine

Old English twin "double thread," from Proto-Germanic *twizna- (cf. Dutch twijn, Low German twern, German zwirn "twine, thread"), from the same root as twin (q.v.). The verb meaning "to twist strands together to form twine" is recorded from late 13c.; sense of "to twist around something" (as twine does) is recorded from c.1300. Related: Twined; twining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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