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·ing, a. & n. from Twist.
Twisting pair. Kinematics See under Pair, n., 7.
adj 1: having a twisting or snake-like or worm-like motion;
"squirming boys"; "wiggly worms"; "writhing snakes"
[syn: squirming, wiggling, wiggly, wriggling,
2: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the
mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to
steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: tortuous, twisty,
n 1: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean
something it was not intended to mean [syn: distortion,
overrefinement, straining, torture]
2: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it
broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl, twist,