Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A weak-stemmed plant that derives its support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface.
  • noun The stem of such a plant.
  • noun A grapevine.
  • noun Grapevines considered as a group.
  • intransitive verb To form or develop like a vine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A climbing plant with a woody stem, the fruit of which is known as the grape; a grape-vine: often called specifically the vine. It is of the genus Vitis, and of numerous species and varieties, the primary species being the V. vinifera of the Old World. See grape and Vitis.
  • noun Any plant with a long slender stem that trails on the ground, or climbs and supports itself by winding round a fixed object, or by seizing any fixed thing with its tendrils or claspers: as, the hop-vine; the vines of melons.
  • noun A plant of Jamaica, Forsteronia floribunda of the Apocynaceæ, yielding an excellent caoutchouc
  • noun Aspidiotus uvæ, a small, round, inconspicuous scale occurring on grapecanes in the United States; also. A. vitis, a closely allied species occurring in Europe.
  • noun The grape-vine filbert-gall of Cecidomyia vitis-coryloides, a rounded mass of galls 1½ or 2 inches in diameter, springing from a common center, and composed of from ten to forty woolly greenish galls, the larger ones the size and shape of a filbert
  • noun The grape-vine tomato-gall of Lasioptera vitis, a mass of irregular succulent swellings on the leaf-stalks of the vine, yellowish-green with rosy cheeks, or sometimes entirely red.
  • noun The grape-vine apple-gall of Cecidomyia vitis-pomum, a globular, fleshy, greenish gall, nearly an inch in diameter, attached by a rough base to the stem of the vine
  • noun The leaf-gall of the above-ground form of Phylloxera vastatrix.
  • noun Sesia polistiformis, a small hornet-moth whose larva bores in the roots of the vine.
  • noun Vitis Labrusca, the northern fox-grape of America. See Vitis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any woody climbing plant which bears grapes.
  • noun Hence, a climbing or trailing plant; the long, slender stem of any plant that trails on the ground, or climbs by winding round a fixed object, or by seizing anything with its tendrils, or claspers; a creeper
  • noun (Bot.) a small kind of squash.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any one of several species of beetles which are injurious to the leaves or branches of the grapevine. Among the more important species are the grapevine fidia (see Fidia), the spotted Pelidnota (see Rutilian), the vine fleabeetle (Graptodera chalybea), the rose beetle (see under Rose), the vine weevil, and several species of Colaspis and Anomala.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A clearwing moth (Ægeria polistiformis), whose larva bores in the roots of the grapevine and is often destructive.
  • noun [Obs.] an old and fruitless branch of a vine.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any one of several species of moths belonging to Alypia and allied genera, whose larvæ feed on the leaves of the grapevine.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a plant louse, esp. the phylloxera that injuries the grapevine.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any one of numerous species of insect larvæ that are injurious to the grapevine.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any one of several species of leaf hoppers which suck the sap of the grapevine, especially Erythroneura vitis. See Illust. of Grape hopper, under Grape.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the larva of any species of geometrid moths which feed on the leaves of the grapevine, especially Cidaria diversilineata.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small moth (Desmia maculalis) whose larva makes a nest by rolling up the leaves of the grapevine. The moth is brownish black, spotted with white.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the phylloxera.
  • noun (Bot.) a fungous growth which forms a white, delicate, cottony layer upon the leaves, young shoots, and fruit of the vine, causing brown spots upon the green parts, and finally a hardening and destruction of the vitality of the surface. The plant has been called Oidium Tuckeri, but is now thought to be the conidia-producing stage of an Erysiphe.
  • noun (Bot.) a plant named in the Bible (Deut. xxxii. 32), now thought to be identical with the apple of Sodom. See Apple of Sodom, under Apple.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small black sawfiy (Selandria vitis) whose larva feeds upon the leaves of the grapevine. The larvæ stand side by side in clusters while feeding.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the larva of the vine sawfly.
  • noun (Bot.) a climbing plant (Cissus acida) related to the grapevine, and having acid leaves. It is found in Florida and the West Indies.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any one of several species of hawk moths. The larvæ feed on grapevine leaves.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Vine borer (a) above, and Wound gall, under Wound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the climbing plant that produces grapes
  • noun any plant of the genus Vitis
  • noun US by extension, any similar climbing or trailing plant

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vīnea, from feminine of vīneus, of wine, from vīnum, wine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French vigne, from Latin vinea

Examples

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  • Pegging clothing on the line

    Training jasmine how to vine

    Up the arbor to your door

    And more

    You're standing on the landing with the war

    You shouldered all the night before.

    (June hymn, by The Decemberists)

    January 19, 2011

  • Identify that vine!

    sheepish

    ox-like

    bambi-esque

    black as a crow

    finchy

    godlike

    gutsy

    antiseptic

    gossipy

    a vasoconstrictor

    an alkaloid poison

    a resident of Anjou

    a lead pencil

    high as a kite

    a mineral

    purplish

    gorge-ous

    brownish, like Bismarck

    July 19, 2009

  • Even the vine-leaves shot with sun

    have shadow leaves

    pressed close on them.

    Even the vine is hanging

    ones that seem like twos:

    a top leaf

    on a shadow leaf, its corner slipped,

    like invoices in duplicate

    - Mimi Khalvati, 'Vine Leaves'.

    July 19, 2009