Twist v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Twisting.]
1. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
Twist it into a serpentine form. --Pope.
2. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
3. 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. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts. “Longing to twist bays with that ivy.”
There are pillars of smoke twisted about with wreaths of flame. --T. Burnet.
5. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
6. 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. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
Was it not to this end
That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? --Shak.
8. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
Twist, v. i.
1. 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.
2. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.
1. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.
Not the least turn or twist in the fibers of any one animal which does not render them more proper for that particular animal's way of life than any other cast or texture. --Addison.
2. The form given in twisting.
[He] shrunk at first sight of it; he found fault with the length, the thickness, and the twist. --Arbuthnot.
3. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts. Specifically: --
(a) A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
(b) A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
(c) A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
(d) A roll of twisted dough, baked.
(e) A little twisted roll of tobacco.
(f) Weaving One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
(g) Firearms A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist.
(h) Firearms & Ord. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
(i) A beverage made of brandy and gin. [Slang]
4. A twig. [Obs.]
5. Act of imparting a turning or twisting motion, as to a pitched ball; also, the motion thus imparted; as, the twist of a billiard ball.
6. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; -- often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism.
Gain twist, or Gaining twist Firearms, twist of which the pitch is less, and the inclination greater, at the muzzle than at the breech.
Twist drill, a drill the body of which is twisted like that of an auger. See Illust. of Drill.
Uniform twist Firearms, a twist of which the spiral course has an equal pitch throughout.
n 1: an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward
turn" [syn: turn, turn of events]
2: an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an
unsympathetic construction on his conduct" [syn: construction]
3: any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any
device to win a point" [syn: device, gimmick]
4: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it
broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl, twisting,
5: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his
knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a
hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, pull]
6: a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is
pulled tight [syn: kink, twirl]
7: a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the
current of a fluid doubles back on itself [syn: eddy]
8: a jerky pulling movement [syn: wrench]
9: a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair [syn: braid,
10: 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"
11: the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old
clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, winding]
12: turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist
of his head he surveyed the room" [syn: turn]
v 1: 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"
[syn: writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm]
2: 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" [syn: flex, bend, deform,
turn] [ant: unbend]
3: turn in the opposite direction; "twist a wire"
4: form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" [syn: twine,
distort] [ant: untwist]
5: form into twists; "Twist the bacon around the sausage"
6: do the twist
7: 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" [syn: wrench]
8: practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about
in order to mislead or deceive [syn: twist around, pervert,
9: 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" [syn: sprain, wrench, turn, wrick,