Definition of vine in English:



  • 1A climbing or trailing woody-stemmed plant related to the grapevine.

    Vitis and other genera, family Vitaceae

    • ‘You don't say when you planted the vines, but if they had not had time to take hold, the dry spring and early summer may have been a factor.’
    • ‘Growers are making their own wine, or planting superior vines for their quality rather than for the quantity they will deliver.’
    • ‘However, crown gall of vines lives inside the vine itself and so is spread at planting.’
    • ‘Like its cultivated successors, the wild vine is a climbing plant which needs to grow up some support.’
    • ‘Yet wine is an inescapable part of the landscape too, ever since the Spanish conquistadores started planting their first vines in the 16th century.’
    • ‘He wrote another book about the ways plants grow and climb, and he worked out that the tendril climbers, like the vine or the passionflower, are the most evolved.’
    • ‘The couple planted the 5,100 vines with their own hands on land where raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries and other soft fruit grew.’
    • ‘The vines are related to the Serbian Smederevka variety and the plant produces large copper coloured fruit.’
    • ‘Most of the vines are white grape varieties thought to be likely to fare better in the Scarborough climate.’
    • ‘It is best to plant a vine at least 12 inches away from a house foundation.’
    • ‘The large marble fireplace, which was engraved with the images of climbing vines, still retained its blackened cinders.’
    • ‘When the Romans first planted vines here, beehives were everywhere.’
    • ‘He was a vine of the Lord's planting, a choice vine, a noble vine, wholly good.’
    • ‘You can plant your vine to climb a trellis, arbor, pergola, or fence.’
    • ‘Most are vines or climbing plants, but some are herbs as well.’
    • ‘Cut three or four grapevine lengths, depending on the thickness of the vine for each pumpkin as a handle.’
    • ‘Plant quick-growing vines, such as morning glory or hyacinth bean, around the outside of the lattice.’
    • ‘Actually the first vines planted in Orange were Merlot.’
    • ‘She also warned vine growers that certain grape varieties may also freeze.’
    climbing plant, trailing plant
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    1. 1.1 Used in names of climbing or trailing plants of other families, e.g. Russian vine.
      • ‘The aim of this work was to assess the fertility and breeding potential of the triploid and aneuploid hybrids with a view to developing an improved vine cactus crop.’
      • ‘Moon vine has earned its name from the way its flowers gleam in the moonlight or any other type of reflected light.’
      • ‘In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.’
      • ‘I have planted a Russian vine with supporting trellis to screen the view from the climbing frame and trampoline.’
    2. 1.2 The slender stem of a trailing or climbing plant.
      ‘the vines of a vast wisteria’
      • ‘You could do this with a vine such as Carolina jessamine or Confederate jasmine.’
      • ‘All the surrounding high-rises are screened out with clematis and honeysuckle vines on the perimeter fence.’
      • ‘Honeysuckle vines and climbing roses nearly conceal the fence, but like a lace curtain, allow light and air to pass.’
      • ‘The spider plants spilled their vines over the window sill, green and golden in the evening light, then turning grey as it grew darker.’
      • ‘She simply inserts the pins in the soil so they straddle the ivy vine and keep it headed the right direction.’
      • ‘Plant vines along a chain link fence to soften the look and add privacy to your garden.’
      • ‘Many species of native shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants were observed along hedgerows.’
      • ‘Although often banished to the suburban mailbox, vines are wonderfully versatile plants.’
      • ‘Plant a clematis vine 2 to 3 feet away from your climbing rose and train them to grow together for an extended flowering display.’
      • ‘Create privacy screens by planting fast-growing annual vines up trellises around your patio.’
      • ‘Drive them into the soil near the base of a plant and the vines instinctively latch onto them.’
      • ‘The large pendulous flower clusters of the wisteria vine are quite appealing to butterflies in late spring.’
      • ‘Fast growing vines like hops or scarlet runner beans do the job in record time.’
      • ‘Make a bamboo or twig tepee for your kids, and cover it with an annual vine such as scarlet runner bean.’
      • ‘At the base of each leg she planted seeds for morning glory vines.’
      • ‘Petunias, vinca vine, blue lobelia and alyssum all filled out quickly to cover the box.’
      • ‘Snapdragon vine, a plant with arrowhead-shaped leaves and dark red or bluish purple flowers with a yellow center, scrambles over some of the shrubs.’
      • ‘And poison ivy vines grow so muscular I mistook them for the reaching arms of big oak trees.’
      • ‘She plants tender climbing vines such as wisteria and sweet peas so they can cling to the warm stone walls.’
      • ‘At the rear of the garden is a large lily pool, backed with a pergola laden with gnarled wisteria vines.’
  • 2vinesUS informal Clothes.

    ‘the hip got their vines at Wolmuth's on Market Street’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin vinea ‘vineyard, vine’, from vinum ‘wine’.