Definition of grapevine in English:



  • 1A vine native to both Eurasia and North America, especially one bearing grapes used for eating or winemaking.

    • ‘The Mediterranean vegetable garden includes an old water tank as well as displays of rosemary, thyme, pumpkins, figs, globe artichokes, olives and grapevines.’
    • ‘Also there were cornfields, grapevines, lemon trees, stands of bamboo, and forests of cactus.’
    • ‘Unpruned grapevines initially can produce more fruit than the vine can support; eventually they will grow into a tightly tangled maze of leaves and wood, producing little good-quality fruit.’
    • ‘The later Iron Age saw the introduction of grapevines, olives, peaches, and figs, brought in by Greek traders, whilst the Romans are credited with the introduction of walnuts, chestnuts, melons, almonds, and apples.’
    • ‘As you prune your grapevines, you also can propagate new plants to expand your orchard or share with friends.’
    • ‘Though native, grapevines sometimes become too prolific and pull large trees over, causing a loss of shade, which many herbs need.’
    • ‘It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates.’
    • ‘There is a small enclosure concealed from the rest of the courtyard by two walls of grapevines and covered on top by more vines.’
    • ‘The ocher yellow and cinnabar red walls, on the other hand, suggest Morocco, while the citrus and grapevines in containers evoke Italy.’
    • ‘Insert a few bundles of greenery into a grapevine wreath and weave butterfly vine with chartreuse seed pods through stiff vine stems.’
    • ‘Cherry trees were in full bloom, grapevines grew everywhere, and giant patches of herbs surrounded a centre water feature complete with ducks and frogs.’
    • ‘Drought tolerance of grapevine varieties have been reported previously.’
    • ‘It attacks only grapevines, and kills vines by attacking their roots.’
    • ‘A detailed ranking of grapevine varieties for stress response will require a multi-year survey to take account of the interactions.’
    • ‘Dormant pruning of grapevines can be done at any time between leaf drop in the fall to budbreak in the spring.’
    • ‘Why not use a border of sawhorses for children to ride or a sturdy support for grapevines that children can also climb?’
    • ‘These days pear orchards and wine grapevines dot some of the hillsides.’
    • ‘My grapevine wreath goes up in the autumn and is soon replaced by my Christmas wreath.’
    • ‘I would urge every fruit lover to plant grapevines and to use every available bunch for this nourishing, refreshing, and healthful drink.’
    • ‘Wheat, grapevines, almonds, olives, and oranges were planted from the beginning.’
  • 2informal Used to refer to the circulation of rumours and unofficial information.

    ‘I'd heard on the grapevine that the business was nearly settled’
    • ‘But she said she heard on the grapevine the best way to get funding was to hire a specialist company to do the work.’
    • ‘Around three months later the grapevine was buzzing with the news that Leanne was pregnant.’
    • ‘I've heard through the grapevine that his editorial was actually the subject of discussion in a political science class on campus.’
    • ‘I had heard through the grapevine that he was a pretty serious poker player, but we hadn't crossed paths in a long time.’
    • ‘Indeed things are looking good for the centre; I have heard on the grapevine that the centre will be hosting a number of visitors over the months ahead.’
    • ‘She's heard on the grapevine that I want to get back with her, so she puts me straight on a few things: our old relationship brought her down after a while, drained her vivacity.’
    • ‘I've heard the rumours on the grapevine, but am I the only coach to sign players in the summer?’
    • ‘Through the grapevine, I've heard that none of the agencies in Manchester have any placements.’
    • ‘I heard it on the grapevine. The Isle of Mull grapevine, but the grapevine all the same.’
    • ‘The grapevine has it that the actor wanted an amicable settlement to the controversy.’
    • ‘All of this intelligence had come down to us through the grapevine.’
    • ‘Then, you hear on the grapevine that they've separated.’
    • ‘We would never know exactly what had happened, but little pieces of information would trickle through the grapevine.’
    • ‘He describes the process by which a whisper on the grapevine becomes another name on his list of potential targets.’
    • ‘I'm hearing through the grapevine that a priest is being allowed to see Terri’
    • ‘The grapevine has it that the enemy is from within the camp itself.’
    • ‘As soundbytes of gossip regarding imminent closures of galleries circulated through the grapevine in past months, I admit I panicked at first.’
    • ‘But, the rumours are on the grapevine that there are still some very big fish out there to be caught.’
    • ‘I heard through the grapevine that some of the field trip descriptions for the symposium were a little vague.’
    • ‘I heard a bit of news today on the grapevine which reminded me that in some ways people are just like characters in a drama.’
    system, complex, interconnected structure, interconnected system, complex arrangement, complex system, nexus, web
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