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Twist meaning

twist - 33 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. form into twists; " Twist the bacon around the sausage"
  3. 3. turn in the opposite direction; " twist a wire"
  4. 4. cause ( a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; " bend the rod"; " twist the dough into a braid"; " the strong man could turn an iron bar"
  5. 5. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, ( especially when struggling); " The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; " The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
  8. 8. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
  9. 9. To distort, as a solid body, by turning one part relatively to another about an axis passing through both; to subject to torsion; as, to twist a shaft.
  10. 10. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
  11. 11. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
  12. 12. To unite by winding one thread, strand, or other flexible substance, round another; to form by convolution, or winding separate things round each other; as, to twist yarn or thread.
  13. 13. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
  14. 14. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.
  17. 17. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.
  18. 18. The form given in twisting.
  19. 19. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.
  20. 20. A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
  21. 21. A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
  22. 22. A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
  23. 23. A roll of twisted dough, baked.
  24. 24. A little twisted roll of tobacco.
  25. 25. One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
  26. 26. A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist.
  27. 27. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
  28. 28. A beverage made of brandy and gin.
  29. 29. A twig.
  30. 30. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; - often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism.
  31. 31. Anything twisted; cord; contortion.
  32. 32. To be twisted.
  33. 33. To form by winding together; to wreathe; wind; writhe; contort.

twist - examples of usage

  1. In that moment something told him that he would not go to law school; would never go there; that his life was about to take a twist away from everything that he had ever intended. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. Now twist the free portion several times with the right hand, all the time being careful to push with the left hand toward the body of the animal. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. The direction of the twist must be known before treatment can be undertaken. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
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