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Definition of Twist


  1. 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.
  2. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; -- often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism.
  3. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
  4. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
  5. 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.
  6. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
  7. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
  8. 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.
  9. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
  10. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
  11. 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.
  12. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.
  13. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.
  14. The form given in twisting.
  15. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.
  16. A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
  17. A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
  18. A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
  19. A roll of twisted dough, baked.
  20. A little twisted roll of tobacco.
  21. One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
  22. A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist.
  23. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
  24. A beverage made of brandy and gin.
  25. A twig.
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Twist Translations

twist in Afrikaans is kronkel
twist in Dutch is kronkelen
twist in French is torsion, tordre
twist in German is drehen, drall, verbiegen
twist in Italian is storcere, girata
twist in Latin is intorqueo
twist in Spanish is pervertir, vuelta
twist in Swedish is tvinna, snurra