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Wind vs Coil vs Curl vs Twist vs Twine vs Wreathe vs Entwine

Windcoilcurltwisttwinewreatheentwine mean to follow a circular, spiral, or writhing course or to make or form a corresponding figure.

Wind fundamentally implies an axis or something suggestive of an axis around which another thing is turned so as to encircle, enclose, or enfold.

Often the word is extended in meaning to imply a result accomplished (as tightening, tensing, or lifting) by or as if by winding.

At other times the word implies movement or direction in a curving, sinuous, or devious manner (compare WINDING ).

Coil implies a curving so as to take the form of a spiral, often a flat spiral; it is used chiefly in reference to something (as a rope, a wire, a hose, or a snake) which is wound or winds itself in such a manner.

Curl basically implies the formation of the hair into large or small ringlets either by nature or by art; in extended use it is applied to something that forms itself or is formed into a curl or coil .

Twist and twine can both refer to a step in the process of spinning or throwing in which two or more filaments are turned about each other to form yarn or thread.

Twist retains this or a similar sense in more general use. Often in its extended senses twist implies a turning this way and that, a sudden turning around, a contorting, or a distorting.

Twine has nearly lost its implication of a mechanical process and usually emphasizes a winding around something by another thing which is flexible.

Wreathe may come close to coil , twist , or wind .

Entwine usually implies a twisting together (as two or more similar things) and it often suggests the idea of interweaving, interlacing, or entangling. But the word may imply nothing more than a winding about.