grapevine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grapevine gossip spread by spoken communication "the news of their affair was spread by word of mouth"
    • n grapevine any of numerous woody vines of genus Vitis bearing clusters of edible berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grapevine (Bot) A vine or climbing shrub, of the genus Vitis, having small green flowers and lobed leaves, and bearing the fruit called grapes.☞ The common grapevine of the Old World is Vitis vinifera, and is a native of Central Asia. Another variety is that yielding small seedless grapes commonly called Zante currants. The northern Fox grape of the United States is the V. Labrusca, from which, by cultivation, has come the Isabella variety. The southern Fox grape, or Muscadine, is the V. vulpina. The Frost grape is V. cordifolia, which has very fragrant flowers, and ripens after the early frosts.
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Idioms

Hear on the grapevine - To receive information indirectly through a series of third parties, similar to a rumour.
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Hear something on the grapevine - If you hear something on the grapevine, you are informed about something by someone, circulating information or gossip from one person to another informally. ('Hear it through the grapevine' is also used.)
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Usage

In literature:

We see cottages covered with honeysuckle and grapevine; with their gardens of roses and lilies, and many old-fashioned flowers.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
A grapevine had grown along the fence which was full of grapes.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
There was not sufficient breeze to stir the branches of the locust or the leaves of the grapevine.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It was covered by a grape-purple cloak embroidered with golden grapevines.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
My mother found out by the "Grapevine telegraph" that I was going to be carried to Kentucky.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Honeysuckles and wild grapevines made the woods fragrant.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Then too thar are lots o' grapevines on the trees ez you kin see, an' thar are your grapes.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For a lining they had stripped soft stringy bark from a wild grapevine, and had finished off with a bit of still softer dried grass.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
Here and there were natural mounds and park-like woods, and oaks whose arms were tangled with grapevines.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
An advance tip had been sent in by a confederate on the private Chinese grapevine telegraph.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
A grapevine grew near them, and they gorged themselves on the fruit, smearing their faces and hands with purple.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
Susanna's clothes-line and Moses' grapevine wire supported grinning Jacks innumerable.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
Us pull de long, leaf grass and plait it and us make rag doll and playhouse and grapevine swing.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Then suddenly he gave that up, dove forward, and caught me in a grapevine.
"Gold" by Stewart White
They run down a narrow road and tied four strands of grapevine 'cross the road, 'bout breast high to a hoss.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
In warm countries they grow for years, making a tree, or growing like a large grapevine.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
We shan't ast tick o' no lallygaggin', do-a-grapevine-twist dandy.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
A large garden surrounded it and there were grapevines in the rear.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
Two or three workmen were sleeping in the large tent under the wild grapevine.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
Si threw a grapevine over it and held it.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

He filled the deck with rustic seats
And many a grapevine swing —
Yes, a handy man was Carpenter Dan,
For he thought of everything.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
How should the poppy steal sleep from the very source
That grants to the grapevine juice that can madden or cheer?
How does the weed find food for its fabric coarse
Where the lilies proud their blossoms pure uprear?
"Dust" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

Grapevine murder-suicide suspect was dressed as Santa Claus.
All six members of a local band are badly injured after their tour bus is T-boned on the Grapevine.
Kaufman's family informed of shooting through 'grapevine.
Child porn probe nets Grapevine officer.
Grapevine officer arrested in child porn probe.
Grapevine police officer, 47, arrested at his home in child pornography DVD investigation.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine.
I've heard from the grapevine that you have been deciding where to live and raise your family.
From dfw.cbslocal.com: The Grapevine-Colleyville (Texas) Independent School District 's first football game of the school year won't be at Mustang Panther Stadium as everyone was hoping.
Slidell 'Grapevine' event will fund student scholarships.
The future may be a little brighter for Pope John Paul II High School students, thanks to art, food and spirits that were all part of a recent "Heard It Through the Grapevine" celebration.
Grapevine / Winemaker Dinner Info Page.
Mondavi & Sons: Learned it on the Grapevine.
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye.
Get an inside look at nature at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Tex.
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