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Verb: twist  twist
  1. Form into a bent, curling or spiral shape
    "The cord is all twisted";
    - twine, distort
  2. Turn one end while keeping another end fixed or turning in the opposite direction
    "twist one's head"
  3. Move in a twisting or contorted motion (esp. when struggling)
    "The prisoner twisted in discomfort";
    - writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm
  4. Cause (an object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    "twist the dough into a braid";
    - flex, bend, deform, turn
  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. The act of rotating rapidly
    "he gave the crank a twist";
    - spin, twirl, twisting, whirl
  4. A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    "the twist to his knee occurred as he fell";
    - wrench, pull
  5. A sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
    - kink, twirl
  6. A circular segment of a curve
    "a twist in the road";
    - bend, crook, turn
  7. A jerky pulling movement
    - wrench
  8. The act of winding or twisting
    "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good twist";
    - wind[2], winding
  9. Turning or twisting around (in place)
    "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room";
    - turn
  10. A miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    - eddy
  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. A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    - braid, plait, tress

Derived forms: twists, twisting, twisted

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

Antonym: unbend

Encyclopedia: Twist, Joseph