Definition of


  1. (noun, act) any clever maneuver
    it was a great sales gimmick
    a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen
  2. (noun, act) the act of rotating rapidly
    it broke off after much twisting
  3. (noun, act) turning or twisting around (in place)
  4. (noun, act) the act of winding or twisting
  5. (noun, act) social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s
  6. (noun, body) a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  7. (noun, communication) an interpretation of a text or action
  8. (noun, event) a jerky pulling movement
  9. (noun, event) an unforeseen development
  10. (noun, event) a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
  11. (noun, shape) a circular segment of a curve
    a crook in the path
  12. (noun, shape) a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
  13. (noun, state) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
  14. (verb, body) twist suddenly so as to sprain
    The wrestler twisted his shoulder
    the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell
    I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days
  15. (verb, change) form into twists
  16. (verb, communication) practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  17. (verb, contact) turn in the opposite direction
  18. (verb, contact) form into a spiral shape
  19. (verb, contact) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    twist the dough into a braid
    the strong man could turn an iron bar
  20. (verb, contact) 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 oneself free from somebody's grip
    a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest
  21. (verb, motion) to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
    The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace
  22. (verb, motion) do the twist
  23. (verb, stative) extend in curves and turns
    the path twisted through the forest

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Antonyms of Twist


Origin of the word Twist

  1. 1350, "flat part of a hinge," probably from O.E. -twist (in m?sttwist "mast rope, stay;" candeltwist "wick"), from P.Gmc. *twis-, from root of two. Original senses suggest "dividing in two" (cf. cognate O.N. tvistra "to divide, separate," Goth. twis- "in two, asunder," Du. twist, Ger. zwist "quarrel, discord," though these senes … more
  2. early 14c. (implied in p.t. twaste), "to wring," from the source of twist (n.). Sense of "to spin two or more strands of yarn into thread" is attested from late 15c. Meaning "to move in a winding fashion" is recorded from 1630s. To twist the lion's tail was U.S. slang (1895) for "to provoke British feeling." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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