AskDefine | Define twine

Dictionary Definition

twine n : a lightweight cord [syn: string]


1 spin or twist together so as to form a cord; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope" [syn: intertwine, entwine, enlace, interlace, lace] [ant: untwine]
2 coil around; "Wisteria twining the fence posts"
3 wrap or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool" [syn: wind, wrap, roll] [ant: unwind]
4 make by twisting together or intertwining; "twine a rope"
5 form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" [syn: twist, distort] [ant: untwist]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. A twist; a convolution.
  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.


a twist; a convolution
strong thread
the act of twining


  1. To weave.

Extensive Definition

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


  • as a clothes line
  • binding bales in a baler
  • binding small parcels
  • binding straw in a binder
  •, an online service
  • gloves made out of wrapped twine in Muay Thai
  • making nets
  • the tying of lashings
  • whipping the end of a rope
  • a toy for a pet cat
  • wrapping around one's finger as a way to remember something.
  • for jewlery making
  • Crafts
twine in French: Ficelle (corde)
twine in Hungarian: Spárga (kötözőeszköz)
twine in Dutch: Touw
twine in Norwegian: Hyssing

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