Definitions for twisttwɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to combine, as two or more strands or threads, by winding together; intertwine.

  2. to form by or as if by winding strands together.

  3. to entwine (one thing) with another.

  4. to wind or coil (something) about something else.

  5. to alter in shape, as by turning the ends in opposite directions.

  6. to turn sharply or wrench out of place; sprain:

    twisted his ankle.

  7. to pull, tear, or break off by turning forcibly.

  8. to contort:

    twisting her face in a wry smile.

  9. to distort the meaning or form of; pervert:

    He accused us of twisting his comments.

  10. to cause to become mentally or emotionally distorted; warp.

  11. to form into a coil or knot by winding, rolling, etc.

  12. to bend tortuously.

  13. to cause to move with a rotary motion, as a ball pitched in a curve.

  14. to turn (something) from one direction to another, as by rotating.

  15. (v.i.)to be or become intertwined.

  16. to wind or twine about something.

  17. to writhe or squirm.

  18. to take a spiral form or course.

  19. to turn so as to face in another direction.

  20. to turn, coil, or bend into a spiral shape.

  21. to change shape under forcible turning or twisting.

  22. to move with a progressive rotary motion, as a ball pitched in a curve.

  23. (n.)a deviation in direction; curve; bend; turn.

  24. a rotary motion or spin.

  25. anything formed by or as if by twisting.

  26. the act or process of twining strands together.

  27. a twisting awry or askew.

  28. distortion or perversion, as of meaning or form.

  29. an eccentric turn or bent of mind.

  30. spiral arrangement or form.

  31. spiral movement or course.

  32. an irregular bend; crook; kink.

  33. a sudden, unanticipated change of course, as of events.

  34. a novel treatment, method, etc.

  35. the changing of the shape of anything by or as if by turning the ends in opposite directions.

  36. the stress causing this alteration; torque.

  37. a twisting or torsional action, force, or stress; torsion.

  38. a full rotation of the body performed during a dive or vault.

    Category: Sport

  39. a strong, twisted silk thread used for working buttonholes and for other purposes.

    Category: Textiles

  40. the direction of twisting in weaving yarn.

    Category: Textiles

  41. a loaf or roll of dough twisted and baked.

    Category: Cooking

  42. a strip of citrus peel used to flavor a drink.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  43. a dance characterized by strongly rhythmic turns and twists of body.

    Category: Music and Dance

Idioms for twist:

  1. twist someone's arm, to use force or coercion on someone.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of twist:

1300–50; ME: to divide, der. of twist divided object, rope (cf. OE -twist in candel-twist pair of snuffers); akin to twi -


Princeton's WordNet

  1. turn, turn of events, twist(noun)

    an unforeseen development

    "events suddenly took an awkward turn"

  2. construction, twist(noun)

    an interpretation of a text or action

    "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"

  3. device, gimmick, twist(noun)

    any clever maneuver

    "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"

  4. spin, twirl, twist, twisting, whirl(noun)

    the act of rotating rapidly

    "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"

  5. wrench, twist, pull(noun)

    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

    "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

  6. kink, twist, twirl(noun)

    a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight

  7. bend, crook, twist, turn(noun)

    a circular segment of a curve

    "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"

  8. eddy, twist(noun)

    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself

  9. twist, wrench(noun)

    a jerky pulling movement

  10. braid, plait, tress, twist(noun)

    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

  11. twist(noun)

    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"

  12. wind, winding, twist(noun)

    the act of winding or twisting

    "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"

  13. twist, turn(verb)

    turning or twisting around (in place)

    "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"

  14. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist(verb)

    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"

  15. flex, bend, deform, twist, turn(verb)

    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"

  16. twist(verb)

    turn in the opposite direction

    "twist one's head"

  17. twist, twine, distort(verb)

    form into a spiral shape

    "The cord is all twisted"

  18. twist(verb)

    form into twists

    "Twist the strips of dough"

  19. wind, twist, curve(verb)

    extend in curves and turns

    "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest"

  20. twist(verb)

    do the twist

  21. wrench, twist(verb)

    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"

  22. twist, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate(verb)

    practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive

    "Don't twist my words"

  23. twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. twist(verb)ɪst

    to bend into a different shape

    She twisted her hair nervously.; The tower had twisted in the strong winds.

  2. twistɪst

    to turn part of your body around

    She twisted in her seat to look behind her.; The owl can twist his head 180 degrees.

  3. twistɪst

    to injure a part of your body by twisting it

    I twisted my ankle when I fell.

  4. twistɪst

    to turn sth around a central point

    Twist the knob to the left.

  5. twistɪst

    to change information so that it gives you an advantage

    They accused him of twisting the facts.

  6. twistɪst

    (of a road or river) with many curves

    a river twisting through the mountains

  7. twist(noun)ɪst

    an act of twisting sth

    a twist of his wrist

  8. twistɪst

    an unexpected change in a situation, story, etc.

    a good twist in the plot

  9. twistɪst

    sth important and unexpected that happens to sb

  10. twistɪst

    a piece of sth that has been twisted

    She lit a twist of paper under the logs.

  11. twistɪst

    curves in a road or river

    the twists and turns of the country roads


  1. twist(Noun)

    A twisting force

  2. twist(Noun)

    Anything twisted, or the act of twisting

  3. twist(Noun)

    the degree of stress or strain when twisted.

  4. twist(Noun)

    A type of thread made from two filaments twisted together.

  5. twist(Noun)

    A sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.

  6. twist(Noun)

    A sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.

  7. twist(Noun)

    A distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.

  8. twist(Noun)

    An unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.

  9. twist(Noun)

    A type of dance characterised by rotating oneu2019s hips. See Wikipedia:Twist (dance)

  10. twist(Verb)

    To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force.

  11. twist(Verb)

    To join together by twining one part around another.

  12. twist(Verb)

    To turn a knob etc.

  13. twist(Verb)

    To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating.

  14. twist(Verb)

    To form a twist (in any of the above noun meanings).

  15. twist(Verb)

    To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction.

  16. twist(Verb)

    To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends.

  17. twist(Verb)

    To cause to rotate

  18. twist(Noun)

    A rotation of the body when diving.

  19. twist(Noun)

    A sprain, especially to the ankle.

  20. twist(Noun)


  21. twist(Verb)

    To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips)

  22. twist(Verb)

    to coax

  23. twist(Verb)

    in the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twist(verb)

    to contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve

  2. Twist(verb)

    hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author

  3. Twist(verb)

    to distort, as a solid body, by turning one part relatively to another about an axis passing through both; to subject to torsion; as, to twist a shaft

  4. Twist(verb)

    to wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts

  5. Twist(verb)

    to wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns

  6. Twist(verb)

    to unite by winding one thread, strand, or other flexible substance, round another; to form by convolution, or winding separate things round each other; as, to twist yarn or thread

  7. Twist(verb)

    hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up

  8. Twist(verb)

    to form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton

  9. Twist(verb)

    to be contorted; to writhe; to be distorted by torsion; to be united by winding round each other; to be or become twisted; as, some strands will twist more easily than others

  10. Twist(verb)

    to follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix

  11. Twist(noun)

    the act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending

  12. Twist(noun)

    the form given in twisting

  13. Twist(noun)

    that which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts

  14. Twist(noun)

    a cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other

  15. Twist(noun)

    a kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like

  16. Twist(noun)

    a kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties

  17. Twist(noun)

    a roll of twisted dough, baked

  18. Twist(noun)

    a little twisted roll of tobacco

  19. Twist(noun)

    one of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling

  20. Twist(noun)

    a material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist

  21. Twist(noun)

    the spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon

  22. Twist(noun)

    a beverage made of brandy and gin

  23. Twist(verb)

    a twig


  1. Twist

    The Twist was a dance inspired by rock and roll music. It became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s, enjoying immense popularity among young people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, the Monkey and the Funky Chicken, but none were as popular. The dance was inspired by "The Twist," Chubby Checker's 1960 cover of the B-side of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters' 1959 single, "Teardrops on Your Letter." A world record was set in Deland, Florida on October 11, 2012, when Chubby Checker sang the song live and the crowd danced. An estimated 4,000 people twisted along with Checker, surpassing the previous Guinness World Record record for most people twisting in the streets at once.


  1. Twist

    Twist accurately calculates your estimated time of arrival (ETA) by using proprietary algorithm to weed through traffic and GPS data in record time. Then the app sends your family, friends or colleagues updates on your arrival status. Never leave anyone guessing again.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'twist' in Verbs Frequency: #747

Anagrams of twist

  1. twits

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the act of twisting.

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