Definitions of twist

  1. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  2. an interpretation of a text or action; " they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
  3. form into a spiral shape; " The cord is all twisted"
  4. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
  5. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
  6. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; " the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; " he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
  7. 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"
  8. the act of rotating rapidly; " he gave the crank a spin"; " it broke off after much twisting"
  9. turning or twisting around ( in place); " with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
  10. an unforeseen development; " events suddenly took an awkward turn"
  11. do the twist
  12. the act of winding or twisting; " he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
  13. a jerky pulling movement
  14. 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"
  15. form into twists; " Twist the bacon around the sausage"
  16. turn in the opposite direction; " twist a wire"
  17. 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"
  18. 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".
  19. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, ( especially when struggling); " The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; " The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
  20. 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.
  21. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
  22. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
  23. 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.
  24. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
  25. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
  26. 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.
  27. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
  28. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
  29. 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.
  30. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.
  31. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.
  32. The form given in twisting.
  33. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.
  34. A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
  35. A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
  36. A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
  37. A roll of twisted dough, baked.
  38. A little twisted roll of tobacco.
  39. One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
  40. A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist.
  41. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
  42. A beverage made of brandy and gin.
  43. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; - often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism.
  44. 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.
  45. The act or manner of winding strands together, as certain kinds of thread; a wrench or turn, as of a muscle.
  46. Twister.
  47. 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.
  48. To be united by winding.
  49. That which is twisted: a cord: a single thread: manner of twisting: a contortion: a small roll of tobacco.
  50. Anything twisted; cord; contortion.
  51. To be twisted.
  52. To form by winding together; to wreathe; wind; writhe; contort.
  53. To wind ( strands, etc.) round each other; intertwine.
  54. To give a spiral form or motion to.
  55. To distort; pervert; writhe.
  56. Anything made by twisting.
  57. The act or result of twisting.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. To be contorted or united by winding round each other.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.

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
  3. He gave it one twist. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  4. Maybe that's why he's letting Marcia twist his arm; it could be. – The Way of Decision by M. C. Pease
  5. " You are," said Rachel, quite out loud, giving another quite unnecessary twist to her gown. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  6. E is a twist of silver wire. – Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  7. For she had got her grip so high up on the mink's neck that he could not twist his head around far enough to catch her by the throat. – Children of the Wild by Charles G. D. Roberts
  8. No one knows better than I that she is made to twist all ways. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  9. " He was hunting me just the same way, running with his nose in the snow and following every twist and turn I had made. – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  10. Blue Smoke gave a quick pitch and twist. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  11. Then slip it half way between the double string, and twist the string round and round until the resistance becomes really strong. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  12. " I have indeed been unfortunate in my illustration, since you can so twist my words even in jest. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  13. Ah, the joy of the brown twist barrel and the eager dogs. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies
  14. Twist your lips into a smile again. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  15. 2nd row; put the side of the 2nd stitch which is nearest the 1st over it, draw it quite through so as to twist the 2 stitches together, half turn and net it, net the first; repeat these stitches to the end of the row. – The Ladies' Knitting and Netting Book by Miss Watts
  16. But for the fact that the hero and heroine are rescued by aeroplanes rather than a troop of cavalry or a camel corps, it can hardly be said that there is any new twist or turn in The Green Goddess. – Seeing Things at Night by Heywood Broun
  17. " It's because you don't want to be polite to any of them," snapped Corinne with a twist of her body, so as to face him again. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  18. The winding roots of huge trees are copied by snakes that twist themselves together at the foot of the tree. – The Human Side of Animals by Royal Dixon
  19. He carried a loose twist of white paper in his arms, and when, at the sight of Robert Ferguson, he tossed it down on the table it fell open, and the fragrance of roses overflowed into the room. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland