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Dictionary Definition

twist

Noun

1 an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn" [syn: turn, turn of events]
2 an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct" [syn: construction]
3 any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point" [syn: device, gimmick]
4 the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl, twisting, whirl]
5 a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, pull]
6 a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight [syn: kink, twirl]
7 a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself [syn: eddy]
8 a jerky pulling movement [syn: wrench]
9 a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair [syn: braid, plait, tress]
10 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"
11 the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, winding]
12 turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room" [syn: turn]

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" [syn: writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm]
2 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" [syn: flex, bend, deform, turn] [ant: unbend]
3 turn in the opposite direction; "twist a wire"
4 form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" [syn: twine, distort] [ant: untwist]
5 form into twists; "Twist the bacon around the sausage"
6 do the twist
7 twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates; "wrench a window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"; "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest" [syn: wrench]
8 practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive [syn: twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate]
9 twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days" [syn: sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a force producing a twist.
  2. anything twisted, or the act of twisting; the degree of stress or strain when twisted.
  3. a type of thread or cotton traditionally used for buttonholes.
  4. a sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
  5. a sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
  6. a distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
  7. an unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
  8. a type of dance characterised by rotating one’s hips.
  9. a rotation of the body when diving.
  10. a sprain, especially to the ankle.

Translations

Verb

  1. to turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force
  2. to join together by twining one part around another
  3. to turn a knob etc.
  4. to distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating
  5. to form a twist (in any of the above meanings)

Translations

to turn the ends in opposite directions
  • Chinese: , (niǔ)
  • Czech: kroutit
to distort or change the truth or meaning
  • Czech: překroutit

Dutch

Noun

twist m

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Twist may refer to:

Music

Film and stage

People

Places

See also

twist in German: Twist
twist in Dutch: Twist
twist in Japanese: ツイスト
twist in Finnish: Twist
twist in Swedish: Twist

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