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[twahyn] /twaɪn/
noun
1.
a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together.
2.
an act of twining, twisting, or interweaving.
3.
a coiled or twisted object or part; convolution.
4.
a twist or turn in anything.
5.
a knot or tangle.
verb (used with object), twined, twining.
6.
to twist together; interwind; interweave.
7.
to form by or as by twisting together:
to twine a wreath.
8.
to twist (one strand, thread, or the like) with another; interlace.
9.
to insert with a twisting or winding motion (usually followed by in or into):
He twined his fingers in his hair.
10.
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.
11.
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.
12.
to wind about something; twist itself in spirals (usually followed by about, around, etc.):
Strangling vines twined about the tree.
13.
to wind in a sinuous or meandering course.
Origin
900
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

twine2

[twahyn] /twaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), twined, twining. Scot.
1.
to separate; part.
Also, twin.
Origin
1175-1225; late Middle English twinen, variant of earlier twinnen, derivative of twin twin1
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Examples for twine
  • The artist completely covered their contents with often intricately folded fabric and bound them with rope or twine.
  • Run some clothesline or any twine right where they would have to sit.
  • Your graphic shows a safety pin that has pierced the facing left twine.
  • Tie the twine in a small bow so that you can reopen the beanbag to add more stuffing if needed.
  • Try using other types of thin materials as your line, such as ribbon, twine or fishing line.
  • Working from the inside out, loop the twine around the wreath, using the dowels to help guide the twine.
  • Use a piece of twine to tie the plastic in place keeping the parcels shape secure.
  • Make a spice bag by wrapping the spices in a piece of cheesecloth and securing with twine.
  • Once stuffed, tie the back legs together using your kitchen twine.
  • Flip the thin tail under the fillet and then tie it securely with kitchen twine.
British Dictionary definitions for twine

twine

/twaɪn/
noun
1.
string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc
2.
the act or an instance of twining
3.
something produced or characterized by twining
4.
a twist, coil, or convolution
5.
a knot, tangle, or snarl
verb
6.
(transitive) to twist together; interweave she twined the wicker to make a basket
7.
(transitive) to form by or as if by twining to twine a garland
8.
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
n.

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.

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