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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"


  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 one's 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twist

    twist, v.t. to twine: to unite or form by winding together: to form from several threads: to encircle with something: to wreathe: to wind spirally: to turn from the true form or meaning: to fabricate, compose: to cause to move spirally, to bend: to wrest, wrench: to insinuate.—v.i. to be united by winding: to be bent, to move spirally: to revolve: to writhe.—n. that which is twisted: a cord: a single thread: manner of twisting: a contortion: a small roll of tobacco: a strong silk thread: (obs.) coarse cloth: a wrench, strain: a peculiar bent, perversion: (slang) a mixed drink, also an appetite for food.—adjs. Twist′able; Twist′ed.—n. Twīst′er, one who, or that which, twists: a whirling wind, a tornado: the inner part, of the thigh of a rider on horseback: a ball, as in cricket, billiards, &c., sent with a twist.—v.t. Twist′le (Scot.), to twist.—n. a wrench.—Twist of the wrist, the turning movement of the wrist in any work requiring dexterity, any quick action. [A.S. twist, a rope—twí-, two; Ger. zwist, discord.]


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. twist

    This term is employed by gun-makers to express the inclination of a groove at any point, and is measured by the tangent of the angle made by the groove with the axis of the bore.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twist in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of twist in a Sentence

  1. John Stamos:

    We've said no to every sort of reunion, lately there's one that we sort of are gravitating towards. It's not a complete reunion, but a twist. If we can get it done right ... then we will do it.

  2. Samuel Siew:

    It is very difficult to predict the sudden twist and turns in the Sino-US trade backdrop.

  3. Anne Frank:

    And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms, no matter how many times people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law. I know a little bit about this. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.

  5. Donald Trump:

    When he said he hit a friend of his in the face with a lock, with a pad lock, right in the face, I say, 'Whoa,' that's pretty bad, and when he said he stabbed somebody with a knife but it hit a belt buckle -- I know all about knives and belt buckles. Belt buckles aren't gonna stop because they can turn, they can twist ... they're not solid especially if somebody's got a couple extra pounds on them.

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Translations for twist

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  • لوى, برمArabic
  • twist, kroutit, překroutitCzech
  • Wendung, Twist, verziehen, verdrehen, Zwirn, Biegung, drehen, wickelnGerman
  • torcerSpanish
  • تافتنPersian
  • käänne, twist, vääntää, kiertää, vääntyminen, nyrjähdys, vääntö, kierto, kierre, äkkimutka, mutka, ymmärtää, mutkittelu, väärinymmärrys, vääristely, kääntää, punoa, kierretty, siivu, vääristelläFinnish
  • twist, torsion, tordre, entortillerFrench
  • freang, sníomhIrish
  • snìomh, carScottish Gaelic
  • faastManx
  • թվիստArmenian
  • contorsione, distorsione, filo, giravolta, travisamento, forzatura, torsione, filamento, torcere, scorza, piegaItalian
  • 捻るJapanese
  • ئاڵاندنKurdish
  • opponoLatin
  • kanoiMāori
  • kręcićPolish
  • torcerPortuguese
  • învârti, întortochea, răsuci, stoarceRomanian
  • скручивать, крутить, искажать, исказить, твист, скрутить, изогнуть, изгибать, вертеть, повернутьRussian
  • izvrnutiSerbo-Croatian
  • vridaSwedish
  • кривитиUkrainian

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    a vigorous blow
    • A. trigger
    • B. guts
    • C. bash
    • D. suffering

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