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Webster 1913 Edition


Twine

Twine

(twīn)
,
Noun.
[AS.
twīn
, properly, a twisted or double thread; akin to D.
twijn
, Icel.
tvinni
; 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

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Twined
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Twining
.]
[OE.
twinen
, fr. AS.
twīn
a twisted thread; akin to D.
twijnen
to twine, Icel. & Sw.
tvinna
, Dan.
tvinde
. See
Twine
,
Noun.
]
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.
Shakespeare
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

,
Verb.
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
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Twine

TWINE

, v.t.
1.
To twist; to wind, as one thread or cord around another, or as any flexible substance around another, or as any flexible substance around another body; as fine twined linen. Ex.39.
2.
To unite closely; to cling to; to embrace.
3.
To gird; to wrap closely about.
Let wreaths of triumph now my temples twine.

TWINE

,
Verb.
I.
To unite closely, or by interposition of parts.
Friends now fast sworn, who twine in love--
1.
To wind; to bend; to make turns.
As rivers, though they bend and twine--
2.
To turn round; as,her spindles twine.

TWINE

,
Noun.
A strong thread composed of two or three smaller threads or strands twisted together; used for binding small parcels, and for sewing sails to their bolt-ropes, &c. Twine of a stronger kind is used for nets.
1.
A twist; a convolution; as Typhon's snaky twine.
2.
Embrace; act of winding round.

Definition 2021


twine

twine

English

Alternative forms

  • twyne (obsolete)

Noun

twine (countable and uncountable, plural twines)

  1. A twist; a convolution.
    • Milton
      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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of J. Philips to this entry?)
  4. Intimate and suggestive dance gyrations.
    1965 Pickett, Wilson, 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 [...]
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Etymology 2

From Middle English twinen, twynen, from Old English *twīnian (to twine, thread), from Proto-Germanic *twiznōną (to thread), from Proto-Indo-European *dwisnós (double), from *dwóh₁ (two). Cognate with Dutch twijnen (to twine, contort, throw), Danish tvinde (to twist), Swedish tvinna (to twist, twine, throw), Icelandic tvinna (to merge, twine).

Verb

twine (third-person singular simple present twines, present participle twining, simple 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.
  3. (transitive) To wind about; to embrace; to entwine.
  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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
  8. (obsolete) To change the direction of.
  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.
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