v. twined, twin·ing, twines
1. To twist together (threads, for example); intertwine.
2. To form by twisting, intertwining, or interlacing: twined the cord from plant fibers.
3. To encircle or coil about: a vine twining a tree.
4. To wind, coil, or wrap around something: "She was twining a wisp of hair very slowly around her fingers" (Anne Tyler).
1. To become twisted, interlaced, or interwoven: The branches of one tree twined with those of another.
2. To go in a winding course; twist about: a stream twining through the forest.
3. To wind or coil about something: morning glories twining about stakes.
1. A strong string or cord made of two or more threads twisted together.
2. Something formed by twining: a twine of leaves.
[Middle English twinen, from twin, twine, from Old English twīn, double thread; see dwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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