1 [twahyn]
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.

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 Unabridged


2 [twahyn]
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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twine (twaɪn)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
And equally the vine, if it were not twined round the elm, would lie prostrate
  on the ground.
The whole theory of the special and supernatural and all that was twined with
  it or educed out of it departs as a dream.
The whole theory of the supernatural, and all that was twined with it or educed
  out of it, departs as a dream.
It consists of two polynucleotide chains running in opposite directions and
  twined round one another.
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