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]
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]
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]
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"
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]
- Rhymes: -ɪst
- a force producing a twist.
- anything twisted, or the act of twisting; the degree of stress or strain when twisted.
- a type of thread or cotton traditionally used for buttonholes.
- a sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
- a sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
- a distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
- an unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
- a type of dance characterised by rotating one’s hips.
- a rotation of the body when diving.
- a sprain, especially to the ankle.
to distort or change the truth or meaning
- Czech: překroutit
- CJKV Characters: 絞, 绞
- Dutch: draaien
- Finnish: kiertää, punoa, vääntää
- French: tordre
- German: verdrehen (1,2,3,4), verwinden (2), drehen (3)
- Hungarian: sodorni, összesodorni
- Italian: torcere
- Japanese: ひねる (hineru)
- Korean: 비틀다 (biteulda)
- Portuguese: torcer
- Russian: скручивать (skrúčivat’)
- Sindhi: (wara‘i.nu)
- Spanish: torcer
- Swedish: vrida
Twist may refer to:
- Twist (comic), a comic by John Cook
- Twist (physics), a force (causing twisting)
- Twist (poker), a special round in some variants of stud poker
- Twist ending, an unexpected conclusion or climax to a work of fiction
- Transaction Workflow Innovation Standards Team (TWIST), a non-profit financial industry standards group
- French twist, a hair styling technique
- Twist fungus (Dilophospora alopecuri)
- Twist, the oldest form of chewing tobacco
- Alexander "Chimp" Twist, a minor P. G. Wodehouse character
- Twist (ride), a popular amusement ride, often seen on travelling funfairs
- Twist (sweets), a Norwegian bag of sweets, now produced in Sweden
- Twist (album), a 1994 album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn
- The Twist (album), a 1984 LP by Danish indiepop band Gangway
Twist" (song), a 1960s hit single made famous by Chubby
Checker and written and originally recorded by Hank Ballard
& The Midnighters
- Twist (dance), a rock and roll dance named after the song
- "Twist" (song), from the 2000 album Farmhouse by jam band Phish
- "Twist" (Goldfrapp song), a single from the 2003 album Black Cherry, by British electronica duo Goldfrapp
- Twist (Chris and Cosey album), an album by Chris and Cosey
- "Twist (KoRn song)", from the 1996 album Life Is Peachy by metal band Korn
- "Twisting" is a song by They Might Be Giants
Film and stage
- Twist (film), a 2003 independent film loosely based on Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist
- Twist, a 1990 stage thriller by Miles Tredinnick
- Jack Twist, a character from the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain
- Twist (musical), A Musical by Gila Sand and Paul Leschen based on Charles Dicken's "Oliver Twist"
- Twist (1995 film), a Hong Kong film starring Simon Yam
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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