[ US /ˈtwɪst/ ]
[ UK /twˈɪst/ ]
NOUN
  1. the act of winding or twisting
    he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind
  2. the act of rotating rapidly
    he gave the crank a spin
    it broke off after much twisting
  3. an unforeseen development
    events suddenly took an awkward turn
  4. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  5. a circular segment of a curve
    a crook in the path
    a bend in the road
  6. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
    the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
  7. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
  8. any clever maneuver
    he would stoop to any device to win a point
    a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen
    it was a great sales gimmick
  9. 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
  10. turning or twisting around (in place)
    with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room
  11. an interpretation of a text or action
    they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct
  12. a jerky pulling movement
  13. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
VERB
  1. 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
  2. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
    Don't twist my words
  3. form into twists
    Twist the strips of dough
  4. turn in the opposite direction
    twist one's head
  5. 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
  6. do the twist
  7. extend in curves and turns
    The road winds around the lake
    the path twisted through the forest
  8. twist suddenly so as to sprain
    the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell
    wrench one's ankle
    The wrestler twisted his shoulder
    I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days
  9. 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
    wrench oneself free from somebody's grip
    wrench a window off its hinges
  10. form into a spiral shape
    The cord is all twisted
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How To Use twist In A Sentence

  • There is no suggestion of a pronounced twist in the ventral margin of the jaw of Hynerpeton like that seen in Densignathus.
  • After laying down the melody, he proceeded to deconstruct it, pulling it into new shapes, twisting, fragmenting, yet never losing touch with his starting point.
  • with his necktie twisted awry
  • The result is a hilarious tale which often twists and turns like no other. The Sun
  • Paul Temple pushes through a field of shoulder-high oilseed rape and twists one of the plants back to show me.
  • But his police career ended in a welter of accusations that in order to obtain results, he hadn't just bent the rules, he'd twisted them out of shape.
  • This camp and sassy pop track comes complete with bitter and twisted lyrics and a hint of europop. The Sun
  • The Attorney [from Latin, attorn = to twist or turn] is the mediator. Teknosis
  • Around the humerus, loose where once it had clung tightly, lay the twisted semi-circle of a priestly arm-ring. MIDNIGHT IS A LONELY PLACE
  • Look out for fashionable twists on uniform basics such as wrap-over cargo-style skirts from £9.
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