from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that twists, as in the manufacture of rope or yarn.
  • n. Sports A ball thrown or batted with a twist.
  • n. Informal A tornado or cyclone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who twists.
  • n. The instrument used in twisting, or making twists.
  • n. A tornado.
  • n. A girder
  • n. The inner part of the thigh, the proper place to rest upon when on horseback.
  • n. A crook, a villain.
  • n. The party game Twister, usually capitalized, or a variant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who twists; specifically, the person whose occupation is to twist or join the threads of one warp to those of another, in weaving.
  • n. The instrument used in twisting, or making twists.
  • n. A girder.
  • n. The inner part of the thigh, the proper place to rest upon when on horseback.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n.
  • n. A twisting or zigzag movement of a horse.
  • n. A somersault in which the body rotates or ‘twists.’ See spotter, 5.
  • n. One who or that which twists. Specifically
  • n. An implement or device used for twisting yarns, threads, cords, etc.
  • n. In carpentry, a girder.
  • n. That which is twisted or which moves with a twist, as a ball in cricket or billiards.
  • n. That which twists, writhes, or contorts.
  • n. One who trims trees by lopping. Cath. Ang. A bird that flies with twisting or zigzag flight, as the snipe.
  • n. In the manège, the inner part of the thigh: the proper place to rest upon when on horseback.

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

  • n. small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts
  • n. a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground


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  • State emergency officials say the twister was a half mile wide, tossed cars around like they were pebbles.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2008

  • LONG: Witnesses say the twister was a half-mile wide, perhaps even bigger.

    CNN Transcript May 5, 2007

  • The story is called "The Immortal" and it's an amazing work of literature and it's a brain twister.

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • Mississippi Governor Mr Haley Barbour called the twister "gigantic" that struck the region yesterday and said "in places it seemed to be several miles wide as some residents were trapped in badly damaged homes".

    The Statesman

  • Mississippi residents reported that the path of the twister was a half-mile to a mile wide, said Mark McAllister, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson.

    WIBW - HomePage - Headlines

  • Haley Barbour, who was in Yazoo City where his home is located, called the twister "gigantic" and said that "in places [it] seemed to be to be several miles wide."

    WIBW - HomePage - Headlines

  • Among those who died in the twister were a mother and her 4-year-old son. - Local News

  • Passwords are generated using a pseudorandom number generator called Mersenne twister, which is an advanced algorithm that creates high quality random numbers using a twisted generalized shift feedback register, and has a higher number of dimensions than linear congruential generators.

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  • Don't hurt yourself playing political "twister" there, Jeffrey.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • PHILLIPS: Well, here's the kind of twister that you wouldn't mind seeing in person.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2008


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    April 17, 2010

  • It seems like it would be easier to put in one's mouth than, say, a ramen fork would be.

    April 17, 2010

  • A type of fork for eating spaghetti. The twisted design is to help the twirrled spaghetti cling to the fork rather than slipping off as shown here:

    What I'd like to know is how comfortable (or uncomfortable) it would be to put that thing in your mouth.

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  • Twister is a game of physical skill produced by Hasbro Games. The game includes a plastic sheet covered with large colored circles, which is spread out on the floor. Any number of people can play, though more than four is a tight fit.

    The game has one spinner, divided into quarters by color; each quadrant specifies left foot, right foot, left hand, or right hand. After spinning, the combination is called; players must move the part to a matching location. No two people can have a part on the same circle (rules are different for more people). Due to the scarcity of colored circles, players will often be required to put themselves in unlikely or precarious positions, eventually resulting in someone's fall. The game is best played and more commonly played in barefeet to avoid falling.


    January 28, 2008