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Verb: twist  twist
  1. To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
    "The prisoner twisted in discomfort";
    - writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm
     
  2. Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    "twist the dough into a braid";
    - flex, bend, deform, turn
     
  3. Turn in the opposite direction
    "twist one's head"
     
  4. Form into a spiral shape
    "The cord is all twisted";
    - twine, distort
     
  5. Form into twists
    "Twist the strips of dough"
     
  6. Extend in curves and turns
    "the path twisted through the forest";
    - wind[2], curve
     
  7. Do the twist
     
  8. Twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates
    "twist a window off its hinges";
    - wrench
     
  9. Practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
    "Don't twist my words";
    - twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate
     
  10. Twist suddenly so as to sprain
    "The wrestler twisted his shoulder";
    - sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick
Noun: twist  twist
  1. An unforeseen development
    "events suddenly took an awkward twist";
    - turn, turn of events
     
  2. An interpretation of a text or action
    "they put an unsympathetic twist on his conduct";
    - construction
     
  3. Any clever manoeuvre
    - device, gimmick
     
  4. The act of rotating rapidly
    "he gave the crank a twist";
    - spin, twirl, twisting, whirl
     
  5. A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    "the twist to his knee occurred as he fell";
    - wrench, pull
     
  6. A sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
    - kink, twirl
     
  7. A circular segment of a curve
    "a twist in the road";
    - bend, crook, turn
     
  8. A miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    - eddy
     
  9. A jerky pulling movement
    - wrench
     
  10. A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    - braid, plait, tress
     
  11. 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. The act of winding or twisting
    "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good twist";
    - wind[2], winding
     
  13. Turning or twisting around (in place)
    "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room";
    - turn

Derived forms: twisted, twists, twisting

Type of: be, bend, change form, change shape, coif, coiffure, crease, crimp, current, curve, curved shape, dance, deform, denote, development, flexure, fold, form, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle, harm, hurt, injure, injury, interpretation, maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], motion, move, movement, plication, pull, refer, rotary motion, rotation, shape, social dancing, stream, tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], trauma, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, turn, wound

Antonym: untwist

Encyclopedia: Twist, Germany