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Definitions of twist

  1. To be contorted or united by winding round each other. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To unite or form by winding two or more strands together; contort; distort; to wreathe; to twine or wind, as hair into a knot; to wrench or turn from a direct line. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To wind (strands, etc.) round each other; intertwine. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To give a spiral form or motion to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To distort; pervert; writhe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To twine: to unite or form by winding together: to form from several threads: to encircle with something: to wreathe: to wind spirally: to turn from the true form or meaning: to insinuate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To be twisted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To be united by winding. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To form by winding together; to wreathe; wind; writhe; contort. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. do the twist Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To unite by winding one thread, strand or other flexible substance round another; to form into a thread from many fine filaments; to contort; to writhe; to wreathe; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts; to enter by winding; to pervert; to turn from a straight line. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To unite by winding one thread or other flexible substance round another; to form by winding separate things round each other; to encircle; to turn from a straight line; to be united by winding round each other. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. a jerky pulling movement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s; "they liked to dance the twist" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. form into twists; "Twist the bacon around the sausage" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. turn in the opposite direction; "twist a wire" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates; "wrench a window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. Act of imparting a turning or twisting motion, as to a pitched ball; also, the motion thus imparted; as, the twist of a billiard ball. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. To distort, as a solid body, by turning one part relatively to another about an axis passing through both; to subject to torsion; as, to twist a shaft. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. To unite by winding one thread, strand, or other flexible substance, round another; to form by convolution, or winding separate things round each other; as, to twist yarn or thread. Newage Dictionary DB
  32. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up. Newage Dictionary DB
  33. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton. Newage Dictionary DB
  34. To be contorted; to writhe; to be distorted by torsion; to be united by winding round each other; to be or become twisted; as, some strands will twist more easily than others. Newage Dictionary DB
  35. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix. Newage Dictionary DB
  36. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending. Newage Dictionary DB
  37. The form given in twisting. Newage Dictionary DB
  38. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts. Newage Dictionary DB
  39. A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other. Newage Dictionary DB
  40. A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like. Newage Dictionary DB
  41. A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties. Newage Dictionary DB
  42. A roll of twisted dough, baked. Newage Dictionary DB
  43. A little twisted roll of tobacco. Newage Dictionary DB
  44. One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling. Newage Dictionary DB
  45. A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist. Newage Dictionary DB
  46. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon. Newage Dictionary DB
  47. A beverage made of brandy and gin. Newage Dictionary DB
  48. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; - often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. The act or manner of winding strands together, as certain kinds of thread; a wrench or turn, as of a muscle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. Twister. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  51. That which is twisted: a cord: a single thread: manner of twisting: a contortion: a small roll of tobacco. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  52. Anything twisted; cord; contortion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  53. Anything made by twisting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. The act or result of twisting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other; a cord; a string; a contortion; a little roll of tobacco; manner of twisting. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. A cord, thread, or suchlike, formed by winding separate parts round each other; a contortion; silk in hanks, balls, or reels for sewing; a little roll of tobacco; an obliquity or peculiarity in intellect or disposition. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for twist

  1. Suddenly the collar chap crept up over my face and took a twist round my head with the end of his tail in my ear; then one by one the other snakes crawled up over my face, each one of 'em giving me such a look as threatened my life in case I moved. – Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville
  2. It's only that he's got a religious twist lately, uncle. – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
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