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Princeton's WordNet

  1. string, twineverb

    a lightweight cord

  2. intertwine, twine, entwine, enlace, interlace, laceverb

    spin,wind, or twist together

    "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"; "intertwined hearts"

  3. wind, wrap, roll, twineverb

    arrange or or coil around

    "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"; "She wrapped her arms around the child"

  4. twineverb

    make by twisting together or intertwining

    "twine a rope"

  5. twist, twine, distortverb

    form into a spiral shape

    "The cord is all twisted"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Twinenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Not any damsel, which her vaunteth most
    In skilful knitting of soft silken twine. Edmund Spenser.

    A pointed sword hung threat’ning o’er his head,
    Sustain’d but by a slender twine of thread. Dryden.

    Nor all the gods beside
    Longer dare abide,
    Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine. John Milton.

    Welcome joy and feast,
    Braid your locks with rosy twine,
    Dropping odours, dropping wine. John Milton.

    Everlasting hate
    The vine to ivy bears, but with am’rous twine
    Clasps the tall elm. Philips.

  2. To Twineverb

    Etymology: twinan , Saxon; twynan, Dutch.

    Thou shalt make an hanging of blue, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. Exod. xxvi. 36.

    By original lapse, true liberty
    Is lost, which always with right reason dwells,
    Twin’d, and from her hath no dividual being. John Milton.

    Lumps of sugar lose themselves, and twine
    Their subtile essence with the soul of wine. Richard Crashaw.

  3. To Twineverb

    Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine,
    The victor cry’d, the glorious prize is mine! Alexander Pope.

    Friends now fast sworn, who twine in love
    Unseparable, shall, within this hour,
    On a dissension of a doit, break out
    To bitterest enmity. William Shakespeare.

    As rivers, though they bend and twine,
    Still to the sea their course incline.
    Or as philosophers who find
    Some fav’rite system to their mind,
    In ev’ry point to make it fit,
    Will force all nature to submit. Jonathan Swift.

    The deer rustles thro’ the twining brake. James Thomson.


  1. Twine

    Twine is a strong thread, light string or cord composed of two or more thinner strands twisted, and then twisted together (plied). The strands are plied in the opposite direction to that of their twist, which adds torsional strength to the cord and keeps it from unravelling. This process is sometimes called reverse wrap. The same technique used for making twine is also used to make thread, which is thinner, yarn, and rope, which is stronger and thicker, generally with three or more strands. Natural fibres used for making twine include wool, cotton, sisal, jute, hemp, henequen, paper, and coir. A variety of synthetic fibres are also used. Twine is a popular substance used in modern-day crafting.


  1. twine

    Twine is a strong string or cord made by twisting together strands of natural or synthetic fibers. It is commonly used for tying, binding or wrapping various objects. Its versatility allows for uses in numerous activities such as gardening, cooking, crafting, and packaging.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twinenoun

    a twist; a convolution

  2. Twinenoun

    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. Twinenoun

    the act of twining or winding round

  4. Twinenoun

    to twist together; to form by twisting or winding of threads; to wreathe; as, fine twined linen

  5. Twinenoun

    to wind, as one thread around another, or as any flexible substance around another body

  6. Twinenoun

    to wind about; to embrace; to entwine

  7. Twinenoun

    to change the direction of

  8. Twinenoun

    to mingle; to mix

  9. Twineverb

    to mutually twist together; to become mutually involved

  10. Twineverb

    to wind; to bend; to make turns; to meander

  11. Twineverb

    to turn round; to revolve

  12. Twineverb

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


  1. Twine

    Twine is a light string or strong thread composed of two or more smaller strands or yarns twisted together. More generally, the term can be applied to a cord. Natural fibres used for making twine include cotton, sisal, jute, hemp, henequen, and coir. A variety of synthetic fibres may also be used.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twine

    twīn, n. a cord composed of two or more threads twisted together: a twist: an intertwining.—v.t. to wind, as two threads together: to twist together: to wind about: to encircle: to blend, intermingle.—v.i. to unite closely: to bend: to make turns: to ascend spirally round a support.—ns. Twine′-hold′er, a case for holding a ball of twine to be unwinded as required; Twī′ner, one who, or that which, twines.—adj. Twī′ning, twisting, winding.—adv. Twī′ningly. [A.S. twín, double-thread (Dut. twijn)—twí-, double.]

  2. Twine

    twīn, a variant of twin, to separate.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. twine

    A kind of strong thread used in sail-making; it is of two kinds: extra, for sewing the seams; and ordinary, for the bolt-ropes. (See WHIPPING-TWINE.) Irish twine or thumb-line, like nettles, is worked by the fingers from fine yarns drawn from bolt-rope.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TWINE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Twine is ranked #23333 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Twine surname appeared 1,091 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Twine.

    64.8% or 708 total occurrences were Black.
    29.6% or 323 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 36 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twine in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of twine in a Sentence

  1. Raquel Corniuk:

    We look at how it’s twisted. Is it twisted versus braided? We are trying to look at how many strands does it have, its twine diameter, mesh stretch size.

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