- strong thread, string, or cord of two or more strands twisted together
- a twining or being twined
- a twined thing or part; twist; convolution
- a tangle; snarl
- a twining branch or spray of a plant
Origin of twineMiddle English twin from Old English twin, twigin, double thread, akin to twegen, twain
transitive verbtwined, twin′ing
- to twist together; intertwine; interlace
- to form by twisting, intertwining, or interlacing
- to encircle or wreathe (one thing) with another
- to wind (something) around something else
- to enfold, embrace, etc.: a wreath twining his brow
Origin of twineME twinen < the n.
- to twist, interlace, etc.
- to twist and turn
verbtwined, twin·ing, twines
- To twist together (threads, for example); intertwine.
- To form by twisting, intertwining, or interlacing: twined the cord from plant fibers.
- To encircle or coil about: a vine twining a tree.
- To wind, coil, or wrap around something: “She was twining a wisp of hair very slowly around her fingers” ( Anne Tyler )
- To become twisted, interlaced, or interwoven: The branches of one tree twined with those of another.
- To go in a winding course; twist about: a stream twining through the forest.
- To wind or coil about something: morning glories twining about stakes.
- A strong string or cord made of two or more threads twisted together.
- Something formed by twining: a twine of leaves.
Origin of twineMiddle English twinen from twin twine from Old English twīn double thread ; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- A twist; a convolution.
- A strong thread composed of two or three smaller threads or strands twisted together, and used for various purposes, as for binding small parcels, making nets, and the like; a small cord or string.
- The act of twining or winding round.
- Intimate and suggestive dance gyrations.
- 1965 Pickett, Wilson, Don't Fight It (blues song), BMI Music.
From Middle English twine, twyne, twin, from Old English twÄ«n (“double thread, twist, twine, linen-thread, linen"), from Proto-Germanic *twiznaz (“thread, twine"), from Proto-Indo-European *dwisnÃ³s (“double"), from *dwÃ³hâ‚ (“two"). Cognate with Dutch twijn (“twine"), Dutch tweern (“thread, twine"), German Zwirn (“thread"), Icelandic tvinni (“a double-thread"). More at twire.
(third-person singular simple present twines, present participle twining, simple past and past participle twined)
- To weave together.
- To wind, as one thread around another, or as any flexible substance around another body.
- To wind about; to embrace; to entwine.
- (intransitive) To mutually twist together; to become mutually involved; to intertwine.
- (intransitive) To wind; to bend; to make turns; to meander.
- (intransitive) To ascend in spiral lines about a support; to climb spirally.
- Many plants twine.
From Middle English twinen, twynen, from Old English *twÄ«nian (“to twine, thread"), from Proto-Germanic *twiznÅnÄ… (“to thread"), from Proto-Indo-European *dwisnÃ³s (“double"), from *dwÃ³hâ‚ (“two"). Cognate with Dutch twijnen (“to twine, contort, throw"), Danish tvinde (“to twist"), Swedish tvinna (“to twist, twine, throw"), Icelandic tvinna (“to merge, twine").