twine

Twine is the strong braided string that's often tied around a bakery box or used to secure a Christmas tree to the top of your car.

Twine can be made of cotton, hemp, or even plastic — it's stronger than string, but thinner than rope. It can be used to stake plants in the garden or to tie up a package of cheese from a deli. Twine can also be a verb meaning "to twist around," the way threads are twisted into a strand of twine. Your cats might twine around each other to sleep, for example. The Old English version was twin, or "double strands of thread."

Definitions of twine
  1. noun
    a lightweight cord
    synonyms: string
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    types:
    chalk line, snap line, snapline
    a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface
    packthread
    a strong three-ply twine used to sew or tie packages
    type of:
    cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
  2. verb
    spin, wind, or twist together
    Twine the threads into a rope”
    synonyms: enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace
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    Antonyms:
    untwine
    undo what has been twined together
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    wind, wreathe
    form into a wreath
    wattle
    interlace to form wattle
    plash, pleach
    interlace the shoots of
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    splice
    join by interweaving strands
    piece
    join during spinning
    type of:
    distort, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  3. verb
    arrange or or coil around
    Twine the thread around the spool”
    synonyms: roll, wind, wrap
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    Antonyms:
    unroll, unwind, wind off
    reverse the winding or twisting of
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    spool
    wind onto a spool or a reel
    reel
    wind onto or off a reel
    ball
    form into a ball by winding or rolling
    clew, clue
    roll into a ball
    coil, curl, loop
    wind around something in coils or loops
    cheese
    wind onto a cheese
    reel off, unreel
    unwind from or as if from a reel
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  4. verb
    make by twisting together or intertwining
    twine a rope”
    Synonyms:
    enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace
    spin,wind, or twist together
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    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  5. verb
    form into a spiral shape
    synonyms: distort, twist
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    Antonyms:
    untwist
    cause to become untwisted
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    wrench, wring
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
    contort, deform, distort, wring
    twist and press out of shape
    entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace
    spin,wind, or twist together
    spin
    work natural fibers into a thread
    interweave, weave
    interlace by or as if by weaving
    morph
    change shape as via computer animation
    plait
    weave into plaits
    felt
    mat together and make felt-like
    enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
    entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
    wind, wreathe
    form into a wreath
    wattle
    interlace to form wattle
    inweave
    weave together into a fabric or design
    raddle, ruddle
    twist or braid together, interlace
    plash, pleach
    interlace the shoots of
    shoot
    variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
    tinsel
    interweave with tinsel
    braid, pleach
    form or weave into a braid or braids
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    splice
    join by interweaving strands
    type of:
    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
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