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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ask him also for fine string or twine to tie up the meat.’
    • ‘We used to carry baked goods home in pink boxes tied with string, and our mail often came held together with twine.’
    • ‘Gently wrap the fillets together with caul fat or tie together with butcher's twine.’
    • ‘A good fisherman weaves his own nets with twine and a needle made of whalebone.’
    • ‘If the string is a cotton type, like sisal twine, you can leave it on the ball but remove it from the stem.’
    • ‘Her works often consist of accumulations of old-fashioned, everyday objects that have been meticulously wrapped in white twine or cotton thread.’
    • ‘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 inch diameter 8-foot stakes, set 2 feet apart and leaning to the middle, are lashed together with twine near the top.’
    • ‘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 twine or netting between wood poles to create a trellis; for maximum sun, it should run north to south.’
    • ‘Natural hemp twine turns wooden fruits into monochromatic sculptures for a subtle and sophisticated centerpiece.’
    • ‘This twine is now roped with a small thread of cotton, hemp or flax to keep the ends from projecting.’
    • ‘And all I had to use for a bowstring was some cotton twine.’
    • ‘Bo watched the baler start to work, punching out leaf after leaf of what was to be a hay bale held together by twine.’
    • ‘An empty plastic 2 litre bottle is tied to a rock, or bag of stones with strong twine or string.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also got a ball of hemp twine for the garden and a wooden washing up brush with replaceable real bristle heads.’
    • ‘The poles which make up the trellis walls are linked at the joints by lengths of twine threaded through holes.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I better get back,’ Basil said, twining the ribbon through his fingers.’
    • ‘Clarissa twined a strand of her newly cut black hair around her finger nervously.’
    • ‘He twined his fingers round its rein, as it nuzzled his hands.’
    wind, entwine
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    1. 1.1with object Interlace.
      ‘a spray of jasmine was twined in her hair’
      • ‘I wrapped my arms around his neck, twining my fingers in his chocolaty gold waves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Here,’ she whispered, taking my hand in her own, her fingers twining themselves around mine.’
      • ‘Sometimes one yearns for the days when crime and showbiz were not as tightly twined as they are now.’
      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/