see also: Twine
Pronunciation Noun


  1. A twist; a convolution.
    • 1629, John Milton, “On the Morning of Christ's Nativity”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗, page 11 ↗:
      Not Typhon huge ending in ſnaky twine:
  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.
  4. Intimate and suggestive dance gyrations.
    1965, Wilson Pickett, Don't Fight It (blues song), BMI Music.
    • The way you jerk, the way you do the twine / You're too much, baby; I'd like to make you mine [...]
Translations Translations Translations Verb

twine (twines, present participle twining; past and past participle twined)

  1. (transitive) To weave together.
  2. (transitive) To wind, as one thread around another, or as any flexible substance around another body.
    • circa 1607 William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act IV, Scene 5,
      Let me twine
      Mine arms about that body […]
    • 1931, Dashiell Hammett, The Glass Key, New York: Vintage, 1972, Chapter 10, p. 199,
      She was twining her fingers together.
  3. (transitive) To wind about; to embrace; to entwine.
    • 1712, Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, Canto III,
      “Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine,”
      The victor cried, “the glorious prize is mine! […] ”
  4. (intransitive) To mutually twist together; to become mutually involved; to intertwine.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Chapter 1,
      Usually some old crone was squatted on the earth floor, weaving cedar fibre or tatters of old cloth into a mat, her claw-like fingers twining in and out, in and out, among the strands that were fastened to a crude frame of sticks.
  5. (intransitive) To wind; to bend; to make turns; to meander.
    • 1713, Jonathan Swift, Cadenus and Vanessa,
      As rivers, though they bend and twine,
      Still to the sea their course incline:
  6. (intransitive) To ascend in spiral lines about a support; to climb spirally.
    Many plants twine.
  7. (obsolete) To turn round; to revolve.
  8. (obsolete) To change the direction of.
    • 1600, Torquato Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered (1581), translated by Edward Fairfax, Book 20, Stanza 38,
      For where he turned his sword, or twined his steed,
      He slew, or man and beast on earth down laid,
  9. (obsolete) To mingle; to mix.
    • 1646, Richard Crashaw, “M. Crashaw’s Answer for Hope,” lines 29-30,
      As lumpes of sugar loose themselues, and twine
      Their subtile essence with the soul of wine.
Translations Verb

twine (twines, present participle twining; past and past participle twined)

  1. Alternative form of twin#English|twin (“to separate”)

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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