Twist meaning

twĭst
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.

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To interlock or interlace.

Twist flowers in one's hair.

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(slang) A girl, a woman.
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To make (one's way) in a tortuous manner.

Twisted my way through the briar patch.

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To cause to rotate or turn in another direction.

Twisted their heads around at the sound of the doorbell.

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To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions.

Twisting wire into a loop.

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To wrench or sprain.

Twist one's wrist.

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To alter the normal aspect of; contort.

Twist one's mouth into a wry smile.

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To alter or distort the intended meaning of.

The cross-examiner twisted the words of the witness.

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To alter or distort the mental, moral, or emotional character of.

The trauma twisted the child's outlook.

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To be or become twisted.
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To move or progress in a winding course; meander.

The river twisted toward the sea.

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To squirm; writhe.

Twist with pain.

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To rotate or turn in another direction.

The owl's head twisted around toward me.

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To dance the twist.
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Something twisted or formed by twisting, especially:
  • A length of yarn, cord, or thread, especially a strong silk thread used mainly to bind the edges of buttonholes.
  • Tobacco leaves processed into the form of a rope or roll.
  • A loaf of bread or other bakery product made from pieces of dough twisted together.
  • A sliver of citrus peel twisted over or dropped into a beverage for flavoring.
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A spin, twirl, or rotation.
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A sprain or wrench, as of an ankle.
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A change in direction; a turn.

A sharp twist in the path.

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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.

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A personal inclination or eccentricity; a penchant or flaw.

An odd twist to his character.

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To wreathe; twine.
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To wind or coil (thread, rope, etc.) around something.
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To encircle with a coil of.
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To entwine or interweave in something else.
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To make (one's or its way) by turning one way and then another.
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To give spiral shape to by turning the ends in opposite directions.
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To cause to become confused or mentally or emotionally disturbed.
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To distort or pervert the meaning of.
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To cause to turn around or rotate.
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To break off by turning the end.
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To undergo twisting and thus take on a spiral or coiled form.

The wire twists easily.

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To spiral, coil, twine, etc. (around or about something)
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To revolve or rotate.
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To turn one way and then another, as a path; wind; meander.
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To squirm; writhe.
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To move in a curved path, as a ball given a spinning motion.
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To dance the twist.
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The number of turns given to a specified length of fiber, thread, cord, etc. along its axis.
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A strong, closely twisted silk thread used for making buttonholes, etc.
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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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A sliver of peel from a lemon, lime, etc. twisted and added to a drink for flavor.
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Rotation; spin, turn, twirl, etc.
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A spin given to a ball in throwing or striking it.
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Spiral movement along and around an axis.
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A contortion, as of the face.
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A wrench or sprain.
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A turning aside; turn; bend.
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A place at which something twists or turns.

A twist in the road.

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A personal tendency, esp. an eccentric one; quirk.
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Distortion or perversion, as of meaning.
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An unexpected direction given to or taken by a situation.
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A special or different meaning, method, or slant.

A new twist to an old story.

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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.
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A twisting force.
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Anything twisted, or the act of twisting.
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The form given in twisting.
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The degree of stress or strain when twisted.
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A type of thread made from two filaments twisted together.
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A sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
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A sudden bend (short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
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A distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
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An unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
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A type of dance characterised by rotating one's hips. See Twist (dance)
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A rotation of the body when diving.
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A sprain, especially to the ankle.
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A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together.

Damascus twist.

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The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
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To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force.
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To join together by twining one part around another.
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To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
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To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
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(reflexive) To wind into; to insinuate.

Avarice twists itself into all human concerns.

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To turn a knob etc.
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To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating.
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To form a twist (in any of the above noun meanings).
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To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction.
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(intransitive, of a path) To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends.
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To cause to rotate.
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(intransitive) To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips).
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To coax.
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(card games) In the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card.
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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.

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To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
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A dance characterized by vigorous gyrations of the hips and arms.
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leave to twist
  • To abandon (someone) to a bad situation, often as a recipient of blame:.
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twist (someone's) arm
  • To pressure or coerce:.
    If you twist my arm, I'll stay for a second beer.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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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