Definition of twine in US English:



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

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

    ‘she twined her arms around his neck’
    • ‘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 twined his fingers round its rein, as it nuzzled his hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1no 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!’
      • ‘The plants that twined around me were dangerous, poisonous.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Green vines had twined round the stones of the palace, and in the summer every courtyard and room had been drowned in heavenly scent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Vines twined their way up walls and through grilles; saplings spread their branches out and soaked in the precious light.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Extravagant flowers and vines twined around the houses, the people who walked past them decked in almost the same way.’
      • ‘Most vines twine counterclockwise (an exception is noted).’
      • ‘Most vines climb by twining rather than clinging.’
      • ‘Wisteria can be used in many ways in the garden, as long as its heavy twining woody vine is assured lots of support.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Carved vines snaked their way up the posts, twining round the dark ebony.’
      • ‘Although described as of trailing or twining habit, my plants have grown upright, with neat stiff stems that need no support.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leafless, thorny vines twine around the window frame like the roses hedging the Sleeping Beauty's castle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Interlace.
      ‘a spray of jasmine was twined in her hair’
      • ‘The strands are the sections of the hair that are twined together to form a braid.’
      • ‘I didn't resist, both of us crushing the leaf until fragments fell and were scattered by the wind, her fingers twined in mine.’
      • ‘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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Old English twīn ‘thread, linen’, from the Germanic base of twi- ‘two’; related to Dutch twijn.