Twist Definition

twĭst
twisted, twisting, twists
verb
twisted, twisting, twists
To undergo twisting and thus take on a spiral or coiled form.
The wire twists easily.
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To wind (two or more threads or strands) around one another, as by spinning.
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To wind two or more threads or strands of (cotton, silk, etc.) around one another so as to produce thread or cord.
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To spiral, coil, twine, etc. (around or about something)
Webster's New World
To form in this manner.
Twist a length of rope from strands of hemp.
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noun
twists
The number of turns given to a specified length of fiber, thread, cord, etc. along its axis.
Webster's New World
A strong, closely twisted silk thread used for making buttonholes, etc.
Webster's New World
Tobacco leaves twisted into the shape of a roll.
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A loaf of bread or a roll made of one or more twisted pieces of dough.
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Rotation; spin, turn, twirl, etc.
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idiom
leave to twist
  • To abandon (someone) to a bad situation, often as a recipient of blame:
American Heritage
twist (someone's) arm
  • To pressure or coerce:

    If you twist my arm, I'll stay for a second beer.

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Other Word Forms of Twist

Noun

Singular:
twist
Plural:
twists

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Twist

Origin of Twist

  • Middle English twisten to squeeze, be divided from twist a divided object, fork, rope from Old English -twist dwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch twisten

    From Wiktionary

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