Definition of twine in English:

twine

noun

mass noun
  • Strong thread or string consisting of two or more strands of hemp or cotton twisted together.

    • ‘A good fisherman weaves his own nets with twine and a needle made of whalebone.’
    • ‘An empty plastic 2 litre bottle is tied to a rock, or bag of stones with strong twine or string.’
    • ‘I also got a ball of hemp twine for the garden and a wooden washing up brush with replaceable real bristle heads.’
    • ‘We used to carry baked goods home in pink boxes tied with string, and our mail often came held together with twine.’
    • ‘The weighing scales took pride of place on the counter and I was keenly interested on the large coil of twine and stack of brown paper which were used to keep everyone's messages together.’
    • ‘As she uncomfortably lowered herself onto the chair on the guest side of his desk, he pulled a sheaf of parchment tied together with twine from a desk drawer.’
    • ‘The poles which make up the trellis walls are linked at the joints by lengths of twine threaded through holes.’
    • ‘This twine is now roped with a small thread of cotton, hemp or flax to keep the ends from projecting.’
    • ‘String twine or netting between wood poles to create a trellis; for maximum sun, it should run north to south.’
    • ‘The inch diameter 8-foot stakes, set 2 feet apart and leaning to the middle, are lashed together with twine near the top.’
    • ‘Natural hemp twine turns wooden fruits into monochromatic sculptures for a subtle and sophisticated centerpiece.’
    • ‘Ask him also for fine string or twine to tie up the meat.’
    • ‘Bo watched the baler start to work, punching out leaf after leaf of what was to be a hay bale held together by twine.’
    • ‘And all I had to use for a bowstring was some cotton twine.’
    • ‘If the string is a cotton type, like sisal twine, you can leave it on the ball but remove it from the stem.’
    • ‘I learned fun things like carving and the rules you must abide by when using a knife, how to lash things together with twine, and how to fish with nothing but a stick, a hook, some line, and an earthworm.’
    • ‘Her works often consist of accumulations of old-fashioned, everyday objects that have been meticulously wrapped in white twine or cotton thread.’
    • ‘Gently wrap the fillets together with caul fat or tie together with butcher's twine.’
    • ‘I go back and find some odd things like rope and natural jute twine packaged for the crafts market.’
    • ‘Secure these with a raffia, string or green gardener's twine bow, before filling with your chosen arrangement.’
    string, cord, strong thread, yarn
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verb

  • 1Wind or cause to wind round something.

    no object ‘the plant will twine round its support’
    with object ‘she twined her arms round his neck’
    • ‘He twined his fingers round its rein, as it nuzzled his hands.’
    • ‘Clarissa twined a strand of her newly cut black hair around her finger nervously.’
    • ‘‘I better get back,’ Basil said, twining the ribbon through his fingers.’
    • ‘For the fabrication of the ring in gold, the craftsman first converts gold into thin wires and then winds and twines them to form the patterns on a circular base.’
    • ‘He likes to have her lie down with him on the bed and tell him stories, while he plays with her hair, twining it around his small fingers.’
    • ‘Lysander leaned against the desk and began twining a piece of hair around his finger, looking up at the student council president in that seductive manner that brought so many people to his bed.’
    wind, entwine
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    1. 1.1with object Interlace.
      ‘a spray of jasmine was twined in her hair’
      • ‘I didn't resist, both of us crushing the leaf until fragments fell and were scattered by the wind, her fingers twined in mine.’
      • ‘The strands are the sections of the hair that are twined together to form a braid.’
      • ‘I wrapped my arms around his neck, twining my fingers in his chocolaty gold waves.’
      • ‘Sometimes one yearns for the days when crime and showbiz were not as tightly twined as they are now.’
      • ‘‘Here,’ she whispered, taking my hand in her own, her fingers twining themselves around mine.’
      entwine itself, coil, loop, twist, spiral, curl, snake
      weave, interweave, interlace, intertwine, plait, braid, twist
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Origin

Old English twīn ‘thread, linen’, from the Germanic base of twi- ‘two’; related to Dutch twijn.

Pronunciation

twine

/twʌɪn/