Twine is a light string or strong thread composed of two or more smaller strands or yarn
Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibres, suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery and ropemaking. Thread is a type of yarn intended for sewing by hand or machine. Modern manufactured sewing threads may be finished with wax or...

s twisted together. More generally, the term can be applied to any thin cord
A rope is a length of fibres, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. It has tensile strength but is too flexible to provide compressive strength...


Natural fibres used for making twine include cotton
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. The botanical purpose of cotton fiber is to aid in seed dispersal....

, sisal
Sisal is an agave that yields a stiff fibre traditionally used in making twine, rope and also dartboards. The term may refer either to the plant or the fibre, depending on context...

, jute
Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is produced from plants in the genus Corchorus, which has been classified in the family Tiliaceae, or more recently in Malvaceae....

, hemp
Hemp is mostly used as a name for low tetrahydrocannabinol strains of the plant Cannabis sativa, of fiber and/or oilseed varieties. In modern times, hemp has been used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food and fuel with modest...

, henequen
Henequen is an agave whose leaves yield a fiber also called henequen which is suitable for rope and twine, but not of as high a quality as sisal. Alternative spellings are Henequin and Heniquen. It is the major plantation fiber agave of eastern Mexico, being grown extensively in Yucatán,...

, and coir
Coir is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses etc. Technically coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. Other uses of brown coir are in upholstery...

. A variety of synthetic fibres may also be used.


  • As a clothes line
    Clothes line
    A clothes line or washing line is any type of rope, cord, or twine that has been stretched between two points , outside or indoors, above the level of the ground. Clothing that has recently been washed is hung along the line to dry, using clothes pegs or clothes pins...

  • Binding bales in a baler
    A baler is a piece of farm machinery used to compress a cut and raked crop into compact bales that are easy to handle, transport and store...

  • Binding small parcels
  • Gloves made out of wrapped twine in Muay Thai
    Muay Thai
    Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese kickboxing systems, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Myanmar and muay Lao from Laos...

  • Making net
    Net (device)
    A net, in its primary meaning, comprises fibers woven in a grid-like structure, and is very infrequently mentioned in discussions of philosophy. It blocks the passage of large items, while letting small items and fluids pass...

  • The tying of lashings
    Lashing knot
    A lashing is an arrangement of rope used to secure two or more items together in a somewhat rigid manner. Lashings are most commonly applied to timber poles, and are commonly associated with the scouting movement and with sailors....

  • Whipping the end of a rope
  • A toy for a pet cat
    The cat , also known as the domestic cat or housecat to distinguish it from other felids and felines, is a small, usually furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal that is valued by humans for its companionship and for its ability to hunt vermin and household pests...

  • Wrapping around one's finger as a way to remember something.
  • for jewelry making
  • Crafts
  • String figure
    String figure
    A string figure is a design formed by manipulating string on, around, and using one's fingers or sometimes between the fingers of multiple people. String figures may also involve the use of the mouth, wrist, and feet. They may consist of singular images or be created and altered as a game, known as...

    s and games
  • Tethering a kite
  • Ineffectual whipping of convicted criminals
  • Netting for basketball hoops in the NBA, WNBA, ABA, and NCAA
  • Netting for hockey goals in the NHL, AHL, USHL, CHL, OHL, ECHL, IHL, ELITE, EPHL, SPHL, and NCAA
  • Tying up a plant
  • Drawstring Bags

See also

  • Biggest ball of twine
    Biggest ball of twine
    There are several claims to the world's biggest ball of twine record.-Largest sisal twine ball built by one person:Darwin, Minnesota is the home of a ball by Francis A. Johnson. It is 4 meters in diameter and weighs 4,900 kg . He started his obsession in March 1950 and wrapped four hours...

  • Binder Twine Festival
    Binder Twine Festival
    The Binder Twine Festival, or usually Binder Twine, is an annual festival held the first Saturday after Labour Day in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada...

  • International Year of Natural Fibres
    International Year of Natural Fibres
    The United Nations General Assembly declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres, as well as the International Year of Astronomy.The proposal for this international year originated in FAO at a joint meeting of the Intergovernmental Group on Hard Fibres and the Intergovernmental Group...

  • String
    Generally, string is a flexible piece of rope or twine which is used to tie, bind, or hang other objects.Examples of string use include:* For flying kites* string figures, designs formed by weaving string around one's fingers...

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