Definition of grapevine in US English:



  • 1A vine native to both Eurasia and North America, especially one bearing fruit (grapes) used for eating or winemaking. Numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed for the winemaking industry.

    Genus Vitis, family Vitaceae: many species, in particular V. vinifera and the American V. labrusca

    • ‘A detailed ranking of grapevine varieties for stress response will require a multi-year survey to take account of the interactions.’
    • ‘My grapevine wreath goes up in the autumn and is soon replaced by my Christmas wreath.’
    • ‘Wheat, grapevines, almonds, olives, and oranges were planted from the beginning.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean vegetable garden includes an old water tank as well as displays of rosemary, thyme, pumpkins, figs, globe artichokes, olives and grapevines.’
    • ‘Drought tolerance of grapevine varieties have been reported previously.’
    • ‘Why not use a border of sawhorses for children to ride or a sturdy support for grapevines that children can also climb?’
    • ‘As you prune your grapevines, you also can propagate new plants to expand your orchard or share with friends.’
    • ‘It attacks only grapevines, and kills vines by attacking their roots.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘These days pear orchards and wine grapevines dot some of the hillsides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also there were cornfields, grapevines, lemon trees, stands of bamboo, and forests of cactus.’
    • ‘Cherry trees were in full bloom, grapevines grew everywhere, and giant patches of herbs surrounded a centre water feature complete with ducks and frogs.’
    • ‘I would urge every fruit lover to plant grapevines and to use every available bunch for this nourishing, refreshing, and healthful drink.’
    • ‘There is a small enclosure concealed from the rest of the courtyard by two walls of grapevines and covered on top by more vines.’
    • ‘Dormant pruning of grapevines can be done at any time between leaf drop in the fall to budbreak in the spring.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2informal Used to refer to the circulation of rumors and unofficial information.

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