Definition of twine in English:



  • Strong thread or string consisting of two or more strands of hemp, cotton, or nylon twisted together.

    • ‘A good fisherman weaves his own nets with twine and a needle made of whalebone.’
    • ‘We used to carry baked goods home in pink boxes tied with string, and our mail often came held together with twine.’
    • ‘Natural hemp twine turns wooden fruits into monochromatic sculptures for a subtle and sophisticated centerpiece.’
    • ‘If the string is a cotton type, like sisal twine, you can leave it on the ball but remove it from the stem.’
    • ‘I also got a ball of hemp twine for the garden and a wooden washing up brush with replaceable real bristle heads.’
    • ‘An empty plastic 2 litre bottle is tied to a rock, or bag of stones with strong twine or string.’
    • ‘String twine or netting between wood poles to create a trellis; for maximum sun, it should run north to south.’
    • ‘Bo watched the baler start to work, punching out leaf after leaf of what was to be a hay bale held together by twine.’
    • ‘I go back and find some odd things like rope and natural jute twine packaged for the crafts market.’
    • ‘The inch diameter 8-foot stakes, set 2 feet apart and leaning to the middle, are lashed together with twine near the top.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The poles which make up the trellis walls are linked at the joints by lengths of twine threaded through holes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Secure these with a raffia, string or green gardener's twine bow, before filling with your chosen arrangement.’
    • ‘Ask him also for fine string or twine to tie up the meat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her works often consist of accumulations of old-fashioned, everyday objects that have been meticulously wrapped in white twine or cotton thread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gently wrap the fillets together with caul fat or tie together with butcher's twine.’
    string, cord, strong thread, yarn
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  • 1 Cause to wind or spiral round something.

    ‘she twined her arms around his neck’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1[no object](of a plant) grow so as to spiral around a support.
      ‘runner beans twined around canes’
      • ‘The vine would twine itself through the tree during the winter - very pretty!’
      • ‘Vines twined over the framework of this roof, outside and in, and all about there were potted lemon trees strung with cages of exotic, piping birds.’
      • ‘Wisteria can be used in many ways in the garden, as long as its heavy twining woody vine is assured lots of support.’
      • ‘An evergreen twining climber, it bears long racemes of lobster-claw like flowers of a luminescent bluey-green and hangs like Chinese lanterns from the vine.’
      • ‘I bought three willow trellises for the fence on the opposite side of the garden today, where two (you guessed it) blue clematis will be twined.’
      • ‘Vines twined their way up walls and through grilles; saplings spread their branches out and soaked in the precious light.’
      • ‘Green vines had twined round the stones of the palace, and in the summer every courtyard and room had been drowned in heavenly scent.’
      • ‘Extravagant flowers and vines twined around the houses, the people who walked past them decked in almost the same way.’
      • ‘Runner beans should be starting to climb now, but if you think they need a little help and direction towards the supports, remember that they twine anti-clockwise.’
      • ‘What you pictured just then were nights around the log fire, homemade bread, home-grown veggies and, saddest of all, roses twined around the front porch.’
      • ‘Carved vines snaked their way up the posts, twining round the dark ebony.’
      • ‘It was more beautiful than any others I had seen, with black silk and spots of white - an image of the night sky, I realized - and green vines twining between them.’
      • ‘Both the stems and leaves, which occur in whorls at the node, are covered in hooks; these are thought to aid attachment to their support and allow the plant to climb without twining.’
      • ‘My recollections carry me involuntarily to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in California, to the little town of Santa Rosa, tangled in sweetbrier and twining roses.’
      • ‘Most vines twine counterclockwise (an exception is noted).’
      • ‘Most vines climb by twining rather than clinging.’
      • ‘Leafless, thorny vines twine around the window frame like the roses hedging the Sleeping Beauty's castle.’
      • ‘Although described as of trailing or twining habit, my plants have grown upright, with neat stiff stems that need no support.’
      • ‘Among these, Cuscuta contains at least 158 species that no longer possess leaves, but their stems twine around host plants producing numerous haustoria to obtain nutrients.’
      • ‘The plants that twined around me were dangerous, poisonous.’
    2. 1.2Interlace.
      ‘a spray of jasmine was twined in her hair’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      entwine itself, coil, loop, twist, spiral, curl, snake
      weave, interweave, interlace, intertwine, plait, braid, twist
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Old English twīn thread, linen from the Germanic base of twi- two; related to Dutch twijn.