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twine (make)

Definition:

to make by twisting together or intertwining

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Related to:

twiner

Past tense:

twined

Present participle:

twining

3rd-person singular present:

twines

Type of:

make

Similar to:

intertwine

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

twine a rope

Etymology:

Middle English twine, twyne, twin, from Old English twīn ("double thread, twist,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of twine...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Twine

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... (43 of 237 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Twine

Twine (disambiguation)

a light string or strong thread composed of two or more smaller strands or yarns twisted together. Twine may also refer to: Twine (band) - an American electronic music duo | Twine (website) - a social networking and data storage site | Twine (software)... (42 of 92 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Twine (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

twine | interweave [synonym, sense-specific] | twiner [noun, derived]

string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc | the act or an instance of twining | something produced or characterized by twining | a ... (24 of 518 words, 8 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/twine

Random House Dictionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twin [sense-specific]

a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together. | an act of twining, twisting, or interweaving. | a coiled or twisted ... (24 of 203 words, 14 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/twine

Columbia Encyclopedia:

cordage | rope | twine

collective name for rope and other flexible lines. It's used for such purposes as wrapping, hauling, lifting, and power transmission. Early man used ... (23 of 169 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0813520​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present] | twiner [noun, related]

To twist together (threads, for example); intertwine. | To form by twisting, intertwining, or interlacing. | To encircle or coil about | To wind, ... (21 of 125 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/twine

New World Dictionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle]

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 ... (25 of 103 words, 11 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/twine

Oxford Dictionary:

twine | interlace [synonym, sense-specific] | twiner [derived]

strong thread or string consisting of two or more strands of hemp or cotton twisted together. | wind or cause to wind round something | interlace (24 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/twine

Wiktionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present] | twyne [obsolete, sense-specific]

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... (43 of 98 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/twine

Merriam-Webster:

twine [entry 1, noun] | twiny [adjective, related]

a strong string of two or more strands twisted together | [archaic] a twined or interlaced part or object | [archaic] an act of twining, interlacing, ... (24 of 92 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/twine

twine [entry 2, verb] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | weave [synonym, sense-specific] | meander [synonym, sense-specific] | interlace [synonym, sense-specific] | twiner [noun, related]

to twist together ; to form by twisting; "weave" | "interlace" ; to cause to encircle or enfold something ; to cause to be encircled | to coil about a ... (28 of 80 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/twine show=1

twine [entry 3, verb] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | deprive [synonym, sense-specific] | part [synonym, sense-specific]

[Scottish] to cause (one) to lose possession; "deprive" | [Scottish] "part" (10 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/twine show=2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

twine [intransitive/transitive] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present]

to twist, grow, or wind round something, or make something do this (12 of 59 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/twine

twine [uncountable, noun]

a type of strong string made by twisting several pieces of string together (13 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/twine 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

twine [entry 1] | twining [adjective, derived]

to (cause to) wrap round an object several times (9 of 39 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/twine 1

twine [entry 2]

strong string made of two or more pieces of string twisted together (12 of 21 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/twine 2

Encarta Dictionary:

twine | twines [plural] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle]

string or cord made from threads or strands that have been twisted together | something that is formed by twisting or coiling separate strands ... (23 of 147 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861722749​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English twine, twyne, twin, from Old English twīn ("double thread, twist, twine, ... | Middle English twinen, twynen, from Old English *twīnian ("to twine, thread"), from Proto-Germanic... (27 of 92 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/twine

Online Etymology:

twine

Origin: Old English twin "double thread", from Proto-Germanic *twizna- (compare Dutch twijn, Low German twern, German zwirn ... (16 of 54 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=twine

New World Dictionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle]

Origin: Middle English twin from Old English twin, twigin, double thread, akin to twegen, "twain" | Middle English twinen from the noun

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/twine

American Heritage Dictionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English twinen, from twin, twine, from Old English twīn, double thread; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/twine

Collins Dictionary:

twine

Origin: Old English twīn; related to Old Frisian twīne, Dutch twijn twine, Lithuanian dvynu twins; see twin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/twine

Oxford Dictionary:

twine

Origin: Old English twīn "thread, linen", from the Germanic base of twi- "two"; related to Dutch twijn

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/twine

Merriam-Webster:

twine [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English twin, from Old English twīn; akin to Middle Dutch twijn twine, Old English twā two

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/twine

twine [entry 3, verb] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle]

First use: 1722

Origin: alteration of Scots twin, from Middle English twinnen, from twin double

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/twine show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

twine | twines [plural] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle]

Origin: Old English twīn "double thread". from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861722749​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

twine

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "twine"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/twine

Macmillan British Dictionary:

twine [intransitive/transitive] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "twine"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/twine

twine [uncountable, noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "twine"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/twine 7

Macmillan American Dictionary:

twine [intransitive/transitive, verb] | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "twine"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/twine 4

twine [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "twine"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/twine

Cambridge Dictionary:

twine [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "twine"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "twine"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/twine 1

the Free Dictionary:

twine

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "twine"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "twine"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "twine" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/twine

Google Dictionary:

twine | twined [past tense] | twining [present participle] | twines [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "twine"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=twine

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

twine

Audio: North American pronunciation of "twine"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=twine​001 word=twine

YourDictionary Audio:

twine

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "twine" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/twine

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