American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand.
- v. To form in this manner: twist a length of rope from strands of hemp.
- v. To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
- v. To interlock or interlace: twist flowers in one's hair.
- v. To make (one's way) in a tortuous manner: twisted my way through the briar patch.
- v. To turn so as to face another direction: twisted their heads around at the sound of the doorbell.
- v. To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions: twisting wire into a loop.
- v. To turn or open by turning: twisted off the bottle cap.
- v. To pull, break, or snap by turning: twist off a dead branch.
- v. To wrench or sprain: twist one's wrist.
- v. To alter the normal aspect of; contort: twist one's mouth into a wry smile.
- v. To alter or distort the intended meaning of: The cross-examiner twisted the words of the witness. See Synonyms at distort.
- v. To alter or distort the mental, moral, or emotional character of: The trauma twisted the child's outlook.
- v. To be or become twisted.
- v. To move or progress in a winding course; meander: The river twisted toward the sea.
- v. To squirm; writhe: twist with pain.
- v. To rotate or revolve.
- v. To dance the twist.
- v. To move so as to face in another direction.
- n. Something twisted or formed by twisting, especially:
- n. A length of yarn, cord, or thread, especially a strong silk thread used mainly to bind the edges of buttonholes.
- n. Tobacco leaves processed into the form of rope or roll.
- n. A loaf of bread or other bakery product made from pieces of dough twisted together.
- n. A sliver of citrus peel twisted over or dropped into a beverage for flavoring.
- n. The act of twisting or the condition of being twisted; a spin, twirl, or rotation.
- n. Sports A complete rotation of the body around its vertical axis, as in diving and gymnastics.
- n. Sports A spinning motion given to a ball when thrown or struck in a specific way.
- n. The state of being twisted into a spiral; torsional stress or strain.
- n. The degree or angle of torsional stress.
- n. A contortion or distortion of the body, especially the face.
- n. A distortion of meaning: gave my words a misleading twist.
- n. A sprain or wrench, as of an ankle.
- n. A change in direction; a turn: a sharp twist in the path.
- n. An unexpected change in a process or a departure from a pattern, often producing a distortion or perversion: a twist of fate; a story with a quirky twist.
- n. A personal inclination or eccentricity; a penchant or flaw: an odd twist to his character.
- n. A dance characterized by vigorous gyrations of the hips and arms.
- idiom. leave to twist To abandon (someone) to a bad situation, often as a recipient of blame: "If our envoy was so blameless, why had she been left to twist in the wind?” ( William Safire).
- idiom. twist (someone's) arm Slang To coerce by or as if by physical force: If you twist my arm, I'll stay for a second beer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Venetian and old English glasses, any one of the spiral lines, of various colors, frequently blown in the handles and other parts. See air-twist (with cut).
- n. A thread, cord, rope, or the like made of two or more strands wound one about another; anything resembling such a rope or coil.
- n. Specifically— A kind of strong, close silk thread used for sewing.
- n. A kind of cotton yarn of several varieties.
- n. In weaving, the warp-thread of the web.
- n. A loaf or roll of twisted dough baked.
- n. A kind of manufactured tobacco made in the form of rope or thick cord.
- n. A fabric made with a double and hence heavy thread; coarse cloth. Compare twine, n., 1, and twine, adjective
- n. A forked branch; a twig; a spray.
- n. Same as fork, 5.
- n. A hinge.
- n. An intertwining or interlacing; a knot or net, or other interwoven contrivance.
- n. A spiral form, disposition, or arrangement, such as may be produced by bending round both ends of an object in opposite directions; also, spiral or progressive rotary motion, or the path described by an object so moving: as, the twist given to a ball in pitching causes it to curve; the twist of a billiard-ball in play.
- n. Specifically, in firearms.
- n. The spiral formed by a groove in a rifled piece; the inclination of the grooves of a rifled piece to the axis of the bore.
- n. Iron and steel twisted and welded together, used as a material for gun-barrels.
- n. In architecture, the wind of the bed-joint of every course of voussoirs in a skew arch.
- n. In rope, cordage, and the like, the way in which the spiral strands are laid, the number of strands, the degree of turn of the spiral, etc.; as, these two ropes differ in their twist.
- n. A convolution; a curve; a flexure; a bend or turn.
- n. A turning about, as on a pivot or axis; a turn; a twirl.
- n. A wresting out of place; distortion; a wrench; a strain.
- n. Figuratively, a peculiar bent, turn, or cast; a variation or perversion from the usual or normal type.
- n. An appetite for food.
- n. A mixed drink: generally named from the spirit with which it is compounded.
- n. In dynamics, a twist-velocity.
- n. In mathematics:
- n. A torsional strain or distortion.
- n. A displacement along and around a screw; a translation combined with a rotation round an axis parallel to the direction of translation; in the non-Euclidean geometry, a compound of two rotations about conjugate polars to the absolute.
- To unite, as two or more strands or filaments, by winding one about another; hence, to form by twining or rolling into a single thread; spin.
- To intertwine; interweave; combine.
- To weave; fabricate; compose.
- To wreathe; wind; twine.
- To bend or turn spirally, as by causing both ends to revolve in opposite directions; alter in shape so that parts previously in the same straight line and plane are located in a spiral curve; also, to cause to move spirally or with a progressive rotary motion, as a ball when pitched in a curve, or a billiard-ball when Englished.
- To curve; bend; deflect: as, to twist a thing into a serpentine form; twisted like the letter S.
- To thrust out of place or shape; contort or distort; pervert; wrench; wrest; warp: used literally or figuratively.
- To press hard; wring.
- To lop, as a tree, by cutting off branches or twigs.
- To be intertwined or interwoven.
- To be wreathed or coiled; wind.
- To be bent round and round spirally; also, to move in such a manner or with continuous revolutions.
- To curve; circle; revolve; move in a circle or spiral.
- To be bent; turned, or contorted; writhe; squirm.
- To be parted or cleft in twain; be divided, severed, sundered, or separated.
- n. A twisting force
- n. Anything twisted, or the act of twisting
- n. the degree of stress or strain when twisted.
- n. A type of thread made from two filaments twisted together.
- n. A sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
- n. A sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
- n. A distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
- n. An unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
- n. A type of dance characterised by rotating one’s hips. See Wikipedia:Twist (dance)
- n. A rotation of the body when diving.
- n. A sprain, especially to the ankle.
- n. obsolete twig
- n. slang a girl, a woman
- v. To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force.
- v. To join together by twining one part around another.
- v. To turn a knob etc.
- v. To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating.
- v. To form a twist (in any of the above noun meanings).
- v. To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction.
- v. intransitive, of a path To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends.
- v. transitive To cause to rotate
- v. intransitive To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips)
- v. transitive to coax
- v. card games in the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
- v. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert.
- v. To distort, as a solid body, by turning one part relatively to another about an axis passing through both; to subject to torsion.
- v. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
- v. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively.
- v. To unite by winding one thread, strand, or other flexible substance, round another; to form by convolution, or winding separate things round each other.
- v. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
- v. To form into a thread from many fine filaments.
- v. To be contorted; to writhe; to be distorted by torsion; to be united by winding round each other; to be or become twisted.
- v. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of helix.
- n. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.
- n. The form given in twisting.
- n. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.
- n. A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
- n. A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
- n. A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
- n. A roll of twisted dough, baked.
- n. A little twisted roll of tobacco.
- n. (Weaving) One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
- n. (Firearms) A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together.
- n. (Firearms & Ord.) The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
- n. Slang A beverage made of brandy and gin.
- n. obsolete A twig.
- n. Act of imparting a turning or twisting motion, as to a pitched ball; also, the motion thus imparted.
- n. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; -- often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency.
- n. the act of rotating rapidly
- n. any clever maneuver
- n. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
- n. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
- n. turning or twisting around (in place)
- v. turn in the opposite direction
- v. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
- n. a jerky pulling movement
- v. extend in curves and turns
- v. twist suddenly so as to sprain
- n. an unforeseen development
- v. do the twist
- v. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
- v. form into a spiral shape
- n. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
- n. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
- n. social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s
- n. the act of winding or twisting
- v. form into twists
- n. an interpretation of a text or action
- v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
- v. twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates
- n. a circular segment of a curve
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- Middle English twisten, to squeeze, be divided, from twist, a divided object, fork, rope, from Old English -twist; see dwo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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