Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In entomology, noting a joint of the legs, etc., when the faces tend to turn spirally on the joint, as if this had been subjected to a twisting force.
  • In botany, contorted or bent on itself. In estivation, same as convolute.

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

  • adjective Contorted; crooked spirally; subjected to torsion; hence, perverted.
  • adjective (Geom.) a curve of double curvature. See Plane curve, under Curve.
  • adjective (Geom.) a surface described by a straight line moving according to any law whatever, yet so that the consecutive positions of the line shall not be in one plane; a warped surface.

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

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of twist.
  • adjective contorted
  • adjective wound spirally
  • adjective Mentally disturbed or unsound.

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

  • adjective having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented

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Examples

  • The employee testified he threw out the test results and didn't put his conclusions in writing to a supervisor, because he was concerned they could be "misinterpreted" and his word "twisted and turned," according to the filings.

    BP Claims Halliburton Destroyed Oil-Spill Evidence

  • He glanced from my face to Henry—who appeared behind me at the top of the stairs—and his expression twisted with grief or anger.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • He glanced from my face to Henry—who appeared behind me at the top of the stairs—and his expression twisted with grief or anger.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • He glanced from my face to Henry—who appeared behind me at the top of the stairs—and his expression twisted with grief or anger.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • With her expression twisted in a scowl, Veronique instantly morphed from crude biker bitch to a goth-looking Satan worshiper.

    Pure Paradise

  • His expression twisted into a grimace as the bone dust began to fly.

    Harvest

  • His expression twisted into a grimace as the bone dust began to fly.

    Harvest

  • His expression twisted into a grimace as the bone dust began to fly.

    Harvest

  • If I do not honor it— The tears spilled over, but her expression twisted from woe to anger before they fell.

    TO STORM HEAVEN

  • Bruckner described a sheriff on a Florida beach ordering him to cover his naked two-year-old daughter, as an example of the US's "problem with sex", which he described as "twisted puritanism" resulting from the alliance of "feminism and the Republican right".

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn will fly home to a France divided over his reputation

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