What is the meaning of twist?


  • An unforeseen development.
    • usage: "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
  • An interpretation of a text or action.
    • usage: "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
  • Any clever maneuver.
    • usage: "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"
  • The act of rotating rapidly.
    • usage: "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
  • A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments.
    • usage: "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
  • A sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight.
  • A circular segment of a curve.
    • usage: "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"
  • A miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself.
  • A jerky pulling movement.
  • A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair.
  • Social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s.
    • usage: "they liked to dance the twist"
  • The act of winding or twisting.
    • usage: "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
  • Turning or twisting around (in place. )
    • usage: "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"


  • To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling. )
    • usage: "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
  • Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form.
    • usage: "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar"
  • Turn in the opposite direction.
    • usage: "twist one's head"
  • Form into a spiral shape.
    • usage: "The cord is all twisted"
  • Form into twists.
    • usage: "Twist the strips of dough"
  • Extend in curves and turns.
    • usage: "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest"
  • Do the twist.
  • Twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates.
    • usage: "wrench a window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"; "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"
  • Practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive.
    • usage: "Don't twist my words"
  • Twist suddenly so as to sprain.
    • usage: "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
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