to combine, as two or more strands or threads, by winding together; intertwine.
to form by or as if by winding strands together: Several fibers were used to twist the rope.
to alter in shape, as by turning the ends in opposite directions, so that parts previously in the same straight line and plane are located in a spiral curve: The sculptor twisted the form into an arabesque. He twisted his body around to look behind him.
to turn sharply or wrench out of place; sprain: He twisted his ankle.
to pull, tear, or break off by turning forcibly: He twisted the arm off the puppet.
to distort (the features) by tensing or contracting the facial muscles; contort: She twisted her face in a wry smile.
to distort the meaning or form of; pervert: He twisted my comment about to suit his own purpose.
to cause to become mentally or emotionally distorted; warp: The loss of his business twisted his whole outlook on life.
to form into a coil, knot, or the like by winding, rolling, etc.: to twist the hair into a knot.
to bend tortuously.
to cause to move with a rotary motion, as a ball pitched in a curve.
to turn (something) from one direction to another, as by rotating or revolving: I twisted my chair to face the window.
to combine or associate intimately.
to be or become intertwined.
to wind or twine about something.
to writhe or squirm.
to take a spiral form or course; wind, curve, or bend.
to turn or rotate, as on an axis; revolve, as about something; spin.
to turn so as to face in another direction.
to turn, coil, or bend into a spiral shape.
to change shape under forcible turning or twisting.
to move with a progressive rotary motion, as a ball pitched in a curve.
to dance the twist.
the action of turning or rotating on an axis; rotary motion; spin.
anything formed by or as if by twisting or twining parts together.
the act or process of twining strands together, as in thread, yarn, or rope.
a twisting awry or askew.
distortion or perversion, as of meaning or form.
a peculiar attitude or bias; eccentric turn or bent of mind; eccentricity.
spiral disposition, arrangement, or form.
spiral movement or course.
a sudden, unanticipated change of course, as of events.
a treatment, method, idea, version, etc., especially one differing from that which preceded: The screenwriters gave the old plot a new twist.
the changing of the shape of anything by or as by turning the ends in opposite directions.
the stress causing this alteration; torque.
the resulting state.
a twisting or torsional action, force, or stress; torsion.
a strong, twisted silk thread, heavier than ordinary sewing silk, for working buttonholes and for other purposes.
a loaf or roll of dough twisted and baked.
a strip of citrus peel that has been twisted and placed in a drink to add flavor.
a kind of tobacco manufactured in the form of a rope or thick cord.
a dance performed by couples and characterized by strongly rhythmic turns and twists of the arms, legs, and torso.
the degree of spiral formed by the grooves in a rifled firearm or cannon.
Gymnastics, Diving. a full rotation of the body about the vertical axis.
Idioms about twist
twist one's arm, Informal. to coerce: I didn't want to go, but he twisted my arm.
- twist·a·ble, adjective
- twist·a·bil·i·ty [twis-tuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌtwɪs təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- twist·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·twist, verb
- re·twist, verb
- un·twist·a·ble, adjective
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How to use twist in a sentence
It features multiple settings and a strobe function, and the rotating head focuses the flashlight’s beam from tight spotlight to wide flood with a quick twist.Flashlights for emergency scenarios and outdoor fun | PopSci Commerce Team | August 27, 2020 | Popular-Science
Amazon’s health efforts took a new twist, as the e-commerce giant on Thursday announced an app-based health advice service for consumers—called Halo—that requires its own activity tracking band.Amazon jumps into smart wearables market with Halo activity tracking band | Aaron Pressman | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
Expect plenty more twists, turns and threats in the run-up to the November election, when rideshare companies hope California voters will let them officially opt out of following the new labor law.VOSD Podcast: Pumping the Brakes on Rideshare Companies’ Dramatic Exit | Nate John | August 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Here’s what global publishers need to know about the latest regulatory twists and turns down under between Google and the news business.Explained: Google’s tussle in Australia over paying publishers for news | Lara O'Reilly | August 19, 2020 | Digiday
In each iteration we tried to add a visual twist to the design.
These were conversations that took a fairly grim twist pretty quickly.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003 | Vicky Ward | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But there is a big twist in this story that has left both Grace Castro and Lozoya frustrated and grasping for more answers.An Informant, a Missing American, and Juarez’s House of Death: Inside the 12-Year Cold Case of David Castro | Bill Conroy | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a dramatic twist on mistletoe reproduction, their seeds explode, literally.
Torture, the UVa rape, police violence—we hunger for the facts, and then twist them.
In a bizarre twist to proceedings, Miss Manners sought to have her £30 cab fare from her Kensington flat to court refunded.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission | Tom Sykes | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Having wound these about the waist, they twist them so that they cover the privy parts.
Bending lower over the handlebars, he opened the throttle with a twist of his left hand.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
A twist, a sudden jerk, and it was Black Hood who had the signal device now.
Jack caught a starling which was in the act of wriggling out of his coat pocket, and gave it a final twist.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Then small bullion tassels to match the twist will form a suitable and elegant finish.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for twist
to cause (one end or part) to turn or (of one end or part) to turn in the opposite direction from another; coil or spin
to distort or be distorted; change in shape
to wind or cause to wind; twine, coil, or intertwine: to twist flowers into a wreath
to force or be forced out of the natural form or position: to twist one's ankle
(usually passive) to change or cause to change for the worse in character, meaning, etc; pervert: his ideas are twisted; she twisted the statement
to revolve or cause to revolve; rotate
(tr) to wrench with a turning action: to twist something from someone's grasp
(intr) to follow a winding course
(intr) to squirm, as with pain
(intr) to dance the twist
(tr) British informal to cheat; swindle
twist someone's arm to persuade or coerce someone
the act or an instance of twisting
something formed by or as if by twisting: a twist of hair
a decisive change of direction, aim, meaning, or character
(in a novel, play, etc) an unexpected event, revelation, or other development
a bend: a twist in the road
a distortion of the original or natural shape or form
a jerky pull, wrench, or turn
a strange personal characteristic, esp a bad one
a confused mess, tangle, or knot made by twisting
a twisted thread used in sewing where extra strength is needed
(in weaving) a specified direction of twisting the yarn
the twist a modern dance popular in the 1960s, in which couples vigorously twist the hips in time to rhythmic music
a bread loaf or roll made of one or more pieces of twisted dough
a thin sliver of peel from a lemon, lime, etc, twisted and added to a drink
a cigar made by twisting three cigars around one another
chewing tobacco made in the form of a roll by twisting the leaves together
physics torsional deformation or shear stress or strain
sport, mainly US and Canadian spin given to a ball in various games, esp baseball
the extent to which the grooves in the bore of a rifled firearm are spiralled
round the twist British slang mad; eccentric
- twistable, adjective
- twistability, noun
- twisted, adjective
- twisting, adjective
- twisty, adjective
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