Definitions for: Twine


[n] a lightweight cord
[v] form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
[v] spin or twist together so as to form a cord; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"
[v] make by twisting together or intertwining; "twine a rope"
[v] wrap or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"
[v] coil around; "Wisteria twining the fence posts"



Webster (1913) Definition: Twine, n. [AS. twin, properly, a twisted or double
thread; akin to D. twijn, Icel. twinni; from twi-. See
Twice, and cf. Twin.]
1. A twist; a convolution.

Typhon huge, ending in snaky twine. --Milton.

2. 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.

3. The act of twining or winding round. --J. Philips.

Twine reeler, a kind of machine for twisting twine; a kind
of mule, or spinning machine.


Twine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twined; p. pr. & vb. n.
Twining.] [OE. twinen, fr. AS. tw[imac]n a twisted thread;
akin to D. twijnen to twine, Icel. & Sw. tvinna, Dan. tvinde.
See Twine, n.]
1. To twist together; to form by twisting or winding of
threads; to wreathe; as, fine twined linen.

2. To wind, as one thread around another, or as any flexible
substance around another body.

Let me twine Mine arms about that body. --Shak.

3. To wind about; to embrace; to entwine.

Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine. --Pope.

4. To change the direction of. [Obs.] --Fairfax.

5. To mingle; to mix. [Obs.] --Crashaw.


Twine, v. i.
1. To mutually twist together; to become mutually involved.

2. To wind; to bend; to make turns; to meander.

As rivers, though they bend and twine, Still to the
sea their course incline. --Swift.

3. To turn round; to revolve. [Obs.] --Chapman.

4. To ascend in spiral lines about a support; to climb
spirally; as, many plants twine.

Synonyms: distort, roll, string, twist, wrap

Antonyms: unroll, untwine, untwist, unwind, wind off

See Also: ball, chalk line, change form, change shape, circle, clew, clue, coil, contort, cord, create, curl, deform, displace, encircle, enlace, entangle, entwine, environ, fold, interlace, intertwine, interweave, kink, knot, lace, loop, make, mat, move, packthread, plash, pleach, ravel, reel, ring, roll up, round, snapline, snarl, spin, splice, spool, surround, tangle, twine, wattle, weave, wind, wrap up, wreathe, wrench, wring

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