Definition of Twist

1. Noun. An unforeseen development. "Events suddenly took an awkward turn"

Exact synonyms: Turn, Turn Of Events
Generic synonyms: Development
Derivative terms: Turn, Turn, Turn

2. Verb. To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling). "The streets twist with crowds"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
Exact synonyms: Squirm, Worm, Wrestle, Wriggle, Writhe
Generic synonyms: Move
Specialized synonyms: Wrench
Derivative terms: Squirm, Squirmer, Twister, Wriggle, Wriggler

3. Noun. An interpretation of a text or action. "They put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
Exact synonyms: Construction
Generic synonyms: Interpretation

4. Verb. Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form. "They twist the glass tubes"; "The strong man could turn an iron bar"
Exact synonyms: Bend, Deform, Flex, Turn
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform
Specialized synonyms: Dent, Indent, Incurvate, Gnarl, Crank, Convolute, Convolve
Derivative terms: Bend, Bendable, Bender, Deformation, Deformation, Flexible
Antonyms: Unbend

5. Noun. Any clever maneuver. "A cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"
Exact synonyms: Device, Gimmick
Generic synonyms: Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Tactical Maneuver, Tactical Manoeuvre
Specialized synonyms: Mnemonic, Fast One, Trick

6. Verb. Turn in the opposite direction. "Twist one's head"
Specialized synonyms: Crick, Quirk, Curl, Wave
Generic synonyms: Turn

7. Noun. The act of rotating rapidly. "It broke off after much twisting"
Exact synonyms: Spin, Twirl, Twisting, Whirl
Generic synonyms: Rotary Motion, Rotation
Specialized synonyms: Pirouette, Birling, Logrolling
Derivative terms: Spin, Spin, Twirl, Twirl, Whirl, Whirl

8. Verb. Form into a spiral shape. "The cord is all twisted"
Exact synonyms: Distort, Twine
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform
Specialized synonyms: Wrench, Wring, Contort, Deform, Distort, Wring, Entangle, Mat, Snarl, Tangle, Enlace, Entwine, Interlace, Intertwine, Lace, Twine, Spin, Interweave, Weave
Derivative terms: Distortion
Antonyms: Untwist

9. Noun. A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments. "He was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
Exact synonyms: Pull, Wrench
Generic synonyms: Harm, Hurt, Injury, Trauma
Specialized synonyms: Sprain
Derivative terms: Pull, Wrench

10. Verb. Form into twists. "They twist the wire around the stick"; "Twist the strips of dough"
Generic synonyms: Form, Shape

11. Noun. A sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight.
Exact synonyms: Kink, Twirl
Generic synonyms: Bend, Crease, Crimp, Flexure, Fold, Plication
Derivative terms: Kink, Kink

12. Verb. Extend in curves and turns. "The path twisted through the forest"
Exact synonyms: Curve, Wind
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Circumvolute, Spiral, Snake
Derivative terms: Curve, Curve

13. Noun. A circular segment of a curve. "A crook in the path"
Exact synonyms: Bend, Crook, Turn
Generic synonyms: Curve, Curved Shape
Specialized synonyms: Bight
Derivative terms: Bend, Bend, Crook

14. Verb. Do the twist. "Sam and Sue twist"

15. Noun. A miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself.
Exact synonyms: Eddy
Generic synonyms: Current, Stream
Derivative terms: Eddy

16. Verb. Twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates. ; "A deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"
Exact synonyms: Wrench
Generic synonyms: Pull
Derivative terms: Wrench

17. Noun. A jerky pulling movement.
Exact synonyms: Wrench
Generic synonyms: Motion, Movement
Derivative terms: Wrench

18. Verb. Practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive. "Don't twist my words"
Exact synonyms: Convolute, Pervert, Sophisticate, Twist Around
Generic synonyms: Denote, Refer
Derivative terms: Sophistication, Sophistication, Twisting

19. Noun. A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair.
Exact synonyms: Braid, Plait, Tress
Generic synonyms: Coif, Coiffure, Hair Style, Hairdo, Hairstyle
Specialized synonyms: Queue, Pigtail
Derivative terms: Braid, Plait

20. Verb. Twist suddenly so as to sprain. "Did he twist his foot? "; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
Exact synonyms: Rick, Sprain, Turn, Wrench, Wrick
Generic synonyms: Injure, Wound
Derivative terms: Rick, Sprain, Wrench, Wrick

21. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Social Dancing

22. Noun. The act of winding or twisting. "He put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
Exact synonyms: Wind, Winding
Generic synonyms: Rotary Motion, Rotation
Derivative terms: Wind

23. Noun. Turning or twisting around (in place). "With a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
Exact synonyms: Turn
Specialized synonyms: Twiddle
Generic synonyms: Rotary Motion, Rotation
Derivative terms: Turn

Definition of Twist

1. v. t. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.

2. v. i. 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.

3. n. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.

4. n. 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.

Definition of Twist

1. Noun. A twisting force ¹

2. Noun. Anything twisted, or the act of twisting ¹

3. Noun. the degree of stress or strain when twisted. ¹

4. Noun. A type of thread made from two filaments twisted together. ¹

5. Noun. A sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc. ¹

6. Noun. A sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc. ¹

7. Noun. A distortion to the meaning of a word or passage. ¹

8. Noun. An unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc. ¹

9. Noun. A type of dance characterised by rotating one’s hips. See Wikipedia:Twist (dance) ¹

10. Noun. A rotation of the body when diving. ¹

11. Noun. A sprain, especially to the ankle. ¹

12. Noun. (obsolete) twig ¹

13. Verb. To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) ¹

15. Verb. To join together by twining one part around another. ¹

16. Verb. To turn a knob etc. ¹

17. Verb. To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating. ¹

18. Verb. To form a '''twist''' (in any of the above noun meanings). ¹

19. Verb. To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction. ¹

20. Verb. (intransitive of a path) To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends. ¹

21. Verb. (transitive) To cause to rotate ¹

22. Verb. (intransitive) To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips) ¹

23. Verb. (transitive) to coax ¹

24. Verb. (card games) in the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card. ¹

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Definition of Twist

1. to combine by winding together [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Twist

1. 1. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending. "Not the least turn or twist in the fibres of any one animal which does not render them more proper for that particular animal's way of life than any other cast or texture." (Addison) 2. The form given in twisting. "[He] shrunk at first sight of it; he found fault with the length, the thickness, and the twist." (Arbuthnot) 3. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts. Specifically: A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other. A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like. A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties. A roll of twisted dough, baked. A little twisted roll of tobacco. One of the threads of a warp, usually more tightly twisted than the filling. A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon. A beverage made of brandy and gin. 4. [OE.; so called as being a two-forked branch. See Twist] A twig. Gain twist, or Gaining twist, a twist of which the spiral course has an equal pitch throughout. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Twist

twist (current term)
twist and turn
twist around
twist bit
twist drill
twist drills
twist form
twist in the wind
twist of fate
twist someone's arm
twist the knife
twist tie
twist wood

Literary usage of Twist

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1822)
"Gave him comfort far less than one jug of gin-twist. 20. And therefore, I guess, Sir, the celebre Professor, L«Ue and Kit Even though culpably quizz'd as a ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"For many years the attention of engineers and power users has been directed to the practicability of using the twist or torsion in a shaft as a means of ..."

3. Journal by United States Congress Senate (1895)
"Although there is no maximum contraction for nickel, its magnetic-twist cycle is similar to that ... The field of maximum twist depends on the TOL. XXIII. ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"Murphy, J., delivered the opinion of the court: The following facts appear from the evidence: On the 24th of October, 1887, one William twist, of Paradise ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1889)
"But it will be seen that the transformation may be effected by an equal twist about any point O in the plane (so as to bring AB parallel to A'B') followed ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"It will thue be seen that although an increasing twist of rifling Buy be so arranged as ... With increasing rifling, owing to the angle of twist continually ..."

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