- Twist is defined as to turn around from one side to the other.
An example of to twist is turning from the left to the right at the waist.
- To twist is defined as to wind two or more things around each other or together.
An example of to twist is two colors of yarn being wound together.
- to wind (two or more threads or strands) around one another, as by spinning
- to wind two or more threads or strands of (cotton, silk, etc.) around one another so as to produce thread or cord
- to produce (thread, cord, etc.) in this way
- to wreathe; twine
- to wind or coil (thread, rope, etc.) around something
- to encircle with a coil of
- to entwine or interweave in something else
- to make (one's or its way) by turning one way and then another
- to give spiral shape to by turning the ends in opposite directions
- to subject to torsion
- to put out of shape in this manner; wrench; sprain: to twist one's ankle
- to contort or distort (the face, etc.)
- to cause to be malformed: fingers twisted with arthritis
- to cause to become confused or mentally or emotionally disturbed
- to distort or pervert the meaning of
- to cause to turn around or rotate
- to break off by turning the end: often with off
Origin of twistMiddle English twisten from Old English -twist, a rope (in mæst-twist, rope to stay a mast), akin to twain, twine, Old Norse tvistra, to separate, German zwist, a quarrel from Indo-European an unverified form duis-, apart from base an unverified form dw?u-, two
- to undergo twisting and thus take on a spiral or coiled form: the wire twists easily
- to spiral, coil, twine, etc. (around or about something)
- to revolve or rotate
- to turn one way and then another, as a path; wind; meander
- to squirm; writhe
- to move in a curved path, as a ball given a spinning motion
- to dance the twist
- the number of turns given to a specified length of fiber, thread, cord, etc. along its axis
- a strong, closely twisted silk thread used for making buttonholes, etc.
- tobacco leaves twisted into the shape of a roll
- a loaf of bread or a roll made of one or more twisted pieces of dough
- a sliver of peel from a lemon, lime, etc. twisted and added to a drink for flavor
- rotation; spin, turn, twirl, etc.
- a spin given to a ball in throwing or striking it
- spiral movement along and around an axis
- the condition of being twisted in a spiral; torsional stress
- the degree of this; angle of torsion
- a contortion, as of the face
- a wrench or sprain
- a turning aside; turn; bend
- a place at which something twists or turns: a twist in the road
- a personal tendency, esp. an eccentric one; quirk
- distortion or perversion, as of meaning
- an unexpected direction given to or taken by a situation
- a special or different meaning, method, or slant: a new twist to an old story
- a rock-and-roll dance popular in the 1960s, characterized by a twisting of the torso from side to side while standing in one place
verbtwist·ed, twist·ing, twists
- a. To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand.b. To form in this manner: twist a length of rope from strands of hemp.
- To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
- To interlock or interlace: twist flowers in one's hair.
- To make (one's way) in a tortuous manner: twisted my way through the briar patch.
- To cause to rotate or turn in another direction: twisted their heads around at the sound of the doorbell.
- To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions: twisting wire into a loop.
- a. To turn or open by turning: twisted off the bottle cap.b. To pull, break, or snap by turning: twist off a dead branch.
- To wrench or sprain: twist one's wrist.
- To alter the normal aspect of; contort: twist one's mouth into a wry smile.
- To alter or distort the intended meaning of: The cross-examiner twisted the words of the witness. See Synonyms at distort.
- To alter or distort the mental, moral, or emotional character of: The trauma twisted the child's outlook.
- To be or become twisted.
- To move or progress in a winding course; meander: The river twisted toward the sea.
- To squirm; writhe: twist with pain.
- To rotate or turn in another direction: The owl's head twisted around toward me.
- To dance the twist.
- Something twisted or formed by twisting, especially:a. A length of yarn, cord, or thread, especially a strong silk thread used mainly to bind the edges of buttonholes.b. Tobacco leaves processed into the form of a rope or roll.c. A loaf of bread or other bakery product made from pieces of dough twisted together.d. A sliver of citrus peel twisted over or dropped into a beverage for flavoring.
- A spin, twirl, or rotation.
- Sports a. A complete rotation of the body around its vertical axis, as in diving and gymnastics.b. A spinning motion given to a ball when thrown or struck in a specific way.
- a. The state of being twisted into a spiral; torsional stress or strain.b. The degree or angle of torsional stress.
- a. A contortion or distortion of the body, especially the face.b. A distortion of meaning: gave my words a misleading twist.
- A sprain or wrench, as of an ankle.
- A change in direction; a turn: a sharp twist in the path.
- An unexpected change in a process or a departure from a pattern, often producing a distortion or perversion: a twist of fate; a story with a quirky twist.
- A personal inclination or eccentricity; a penchant or flaw: an odd twist to his character.
- A dance characterized by vigorous gyrations of the hips and arms.
Origin of twistMiddle English twisten to squeeze, be divided from twist a divided object, fork, rope from Old English -twist ; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- A twisting force.
- Anything twisted, or the act of twisting.
- The form given in twisting.
- The degree of stress or strain when twisted.
- A type of thread made from two filaments twisted together.
- A sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
- A sudden bend (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. See Twist (dance)
- A rotation of the body when diving.
- A sprain, especially to the ankle.
- (slang) A girl, a woman.
- A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together.
- Damascus twist
- The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
(third-person singular simple present twists, present participle twisting, simple past and past participle twisted)
- To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force.
- To join together by twining one part around another.
- To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
- To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
- (reflexive) To wind into; to insinuate.
- Avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
- To turn a knob etc.
- To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating.
- To form a twist (in any of the above noun meanings).
- To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction.
- (intransitive, of a path) To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends.
- To cause to rotate.
- (intransitive) To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips).
- To coax.
- (card games) In the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card.
Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch twisten