I. noun Etymology: Middle English twin, from Old English twīn; akin to Middle Dutch twijn twine, Old English twā two Date: before 12th century 1. a strong string of two or more strands twisted together 2. archaic a twined or interlaced part or object 3. archaic an act of twining, interlacing, or embracing • twiny adjective II. verb (twined; twining) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to twist together b. to form by twisting ; weave 2. a. interlace <
the girl twined her hands — John Buchan
b. to cause to encircle or enfold something c. to cause to be encircled intransitive verb 1. to coil about a support 2. to stretch or move in a sinuous manner ; meander <
the river twines through the valley
twiner noun III. verb (twined; twining) Etymology: alteration of Scots twin, from Middle English twinnen, from twin double Date: 1722 transitive verb chiefly Scottish to cause (one) to lose possession ; deprive <
twined him of his nose — J. C. Ransom
intransitive verb chiefly Scottish part <
you and me must twine — R. L. Stevenson

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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