Definition and Meanings for twist

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Part of Speech of twist

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of twist

oe. twisten, as. twist a rope, as made of two (twisted) strands, fr. twi- two; akin to d. twist a quarrel, dissension, g. zwist, dan. & sw. tvist, icel. tvistr the deuce in cards, tvistr distressed. see twice, two oe.; -- so called as being a two-forked branch. see twist, v. t.pos

Meaning of twist


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
  • hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
  • 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.
  • to wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
  • to wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
  • 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.
  • hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
  • to form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.

as intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • to follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.

as noun

  • the act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.
  • the form given in twisting.
  • that which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.
  • a cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
  • a kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
  • a kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
  • a roll of twisted dough, baked.
  • a little twisted roll of tobacco.
  • one of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
  • a material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, damascus twist.
  • the spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
  • a beverage made of brandy and gin.

as transitive verb

  • a twig.
  • 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.
  • a strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; -- often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism.
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