- twist tie,
- twisted hairs,
- twisted stomach worm,
- twitch grass
Origin of twisting
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of twist
Examples from the Web for twisting
Here, only the twisting grey concrete under his tires disturbed the desolate wild.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The book becomes so dramatic and twisting, the ending—how she ends it--is key.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then a larger-scale map revealed a twisting, narrow road up to the Col de Lizarrieta, at around 1,300 feet.
Titanic sat in the rear of the room, twisting his fingers nervously, till he was called.
Don't think it's an easy trip, the twisting mountain passes inevitably slow you down.
"Not on me with axe, I pray you," he answered laughing, and twisting his head on one side.Wulfric the Weapon Thane|Charles W. Whistler
Under his life-conferring brush they required no twisting with hot irons.Gatherings From Spain|Richard Ford
She was twisting the stem of her wineglass nervously; after a moment she began to speak jerkily.The Phantom Lover|Ruby M. Ayres
The tiny windmills which children often make by twisting pieces of paper illustrate the same principle.Every-day Science: Volume VI. The Conquest of Nature|Henry Smith Williams
The Baptist is twisting round, to display the foreshortening which Pordenone particularly affects.The Venetian School of Painting|Evelyn March Phillipps
- a cigar made by twisting three cigars around one another
- chewing tobacco made in the form of a roll by twisting the leaves together
Word Origin for twist
mid-14c., "flat part of a hinge," probably from Old English -twist (in mæsttwist "mast rope, stay;" candeltwist "wick"), from Proto-Germanic *twis-, from root of two. Original senses suggest "dividing in two" (cf. cognate Old Norse tvistra "to divide, separate," Gothic twis- "in two, asunder," Dutch twist, German zwist "quarrel, discord," though these senes have no equivalent in English), but later ones are of "combining two into one," hence the original sense of the word may be "rope made of two strands."
Meaning "thread or cord composed of two or more fibers" is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "act or action of turning on an axis" is attested from 1570s. Sense of "beverage consisting of two or more liquors" is first attested c.1700. Meaning "thick cord of tobacco" is from 1791. Meaning "curled piece of lemon, etc., used to flavor a drink" is recorded from 1958. Sense of "unexpected plot development" is from 1941.
The popular rock 'n' roll dance craze is from 1961, but twist was used to describe popular dances in 1894 and again in the 1920s. To get one's knickers in a twist "be unduly agitated" is British slang first attested 1971.
early 14c. (implied in past tense form twaste), "to wring," from the source of twist (n.). Sense of "to spin two or more strands of yarn into thread" is attested from late 15c. Meaning "to move in a winding fashion" is recorded from 1630s. To twist the lion's tail was U.S. slang (1895) for "to provoke British feeling." Related: Twisted; twisting.