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twine

1 [twahyn]
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:
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-

twineable, adjective
twiner, noun
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twine (twaɪn)
 
n
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
 
vb (when intr, often foll by around)
6.  (tr) to twist together; interweave: she twined the wicker to make a basket
7.  (tr) to form by or as if by twining: to twine a garland
8.  to wind or cause to wind, esp in spirals: the creeper twines around the tree
 
[Old English twīn; related to Old Frisian twīne, Dutch twijn twine, Lithuanian dvynu twins; see twin]
 
'twiner
 
n

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twine
O.E. twin "double thread," from P.Gmc. *twizna- (cf. Du. twijn, Low Ger. twern, Ger. zwirn "twine, thread"), from the same root as twin (q.v.). The verb meaning "to twist strands together to form twine" is recorded from c.1275; sense of "to twist around something" (as twine
does) is recorded from c.1300.
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