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NOUN (13)

1. an unforeseen development;
- Example: "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
[syn: turn, turn of events, twist]

2. an interpretation of a text or action;
- Example: "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
[syn: construction, twist]

3. any clever maneuver;
- Example: "he would stoop to any device to win a point"
- Example: "it was a great sales gimmick"
- Example: "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"
[syn: device, gimmick, twist]

4. the act of rotating rapidly;
- Example: "he gave the crank a spin"
- Example: "it broke off after much twisting"
[syn: spin, twirl, twist, twisting, whirl]

5. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments;
- Example: "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"
- Example: "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
[syn: wrench, twist, pull]

6. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight;
[syn: kink, twist, twirl]

7. a circular segment of a curve;
- Example: "a bend in the road"
- Example: "a crook in the path"
[syn: bend, crook, twist, turn]

8. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself;
[syn: eddy, twist]

9. a jerky pulling movement;
[syn: twist, wrench]

10. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair;
[syn: braid, plait, tress, twist]

11. social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s;
- Example: "they liked to dance the twist"

12. the act of winding or twisting;
- Example: "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
[syn: wind, winding, twist]

13. turning or twisting around (in place);
- Example: "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
[syn: twist, turn]


VERB (10)

1. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling);
- Example: "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"
- Example: "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
[syn: writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist]

2. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;
- Example: "bend the rod"
- Example: "twist the dough into a braid"
- Example: "the strong man could turn an iron bar"
[syn: flex, bend, deform, twist, turn]

3. turn in the opposite direction;
- Example: "twist one's head"

4. form into a spiral shape;
- Example: "The cord is all twisted"
[syn: twist, twine, distort]

5. form into twists;
- Example: "Twist the strips of dough"

6. extend in curves and turns;
- Example: "The road winds around the lake"
- Example: "the path twisted through the forest"
[syn: wind, twist, 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;
- Example: "wrench a window off its hinges"
- Example: "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"
- Example: "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"
[syn: wrench, twist]

9. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive;
- Example: "Don't twist my words"
[syn: twist, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate]

10. twist suddenly so as to sprain;
- Example: "wrench one's ankle"
- Example: "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"
- Example: "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"
- Example: "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
[syn: twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Twist \Twist\ (tw[i^]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Twisting.] [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.] 1. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve. [1913 Webster] Twist it into a serpentine form. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] 4. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts. "Longing to twist bays with that ivy." --Waller. [1913 Webster] There are pillars of smoke twisted about with wreaths of flame. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 5. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up. [1913 Webster] Was it not to this end That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 8. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Twist \Twist\, n. 1. The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending. [1913 Webster] Not the least turn or twist in the fibers of any one animal which does not render them more proper for that particular animal's way of life than any other cast or texture. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. The form given in twisting. [1913 Webster] [He] shrunk at first sight of it; he found fault with the length, the thickness, and the twist. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other. [1913 Webster] (b) A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like. [1913 Webster] (c) A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties. [1913 Webster] (d) A roll of twisted dough, baked. [1913 Webster] (e) A little twisted roll of tobacco. [1913 Webster] (f) (Weaving) One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling. [1913 Webster] (g) (Firearms) A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist. [1913 Webster] (h) (Firearms & Ord.) The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon. [1913 Webster] (i) A beverage made of brandy and gin. [Slang] [1913 Webster] 4. [OE.; -- so called as being a two-forked branch. See Twist, v. t.] A twig. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 5. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 6. A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; -- often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Gain twist, or Gaining twist (Firearms), twist of which the pitch is less, and the inclination greater, at the muzzle than at the breech. Twist drill, a drill the body of which is twisted like that of an auger. See Illust. of Drill. Uniform twist (Firearms), a twist of which the spiral course has an equal pitch throughout. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Twist \Twist\, v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

twist n 1: an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn" [syn: turn, turn of events, twist] 2: an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct" [syn: construction, twist] 3: any clever maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen" [syn: device, gimmick, twist] 4: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl, twist, twisting, whirl] 5: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, twist, pull] 6: a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight [syn: kink, twist, twirl] 7: a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" [syn: bend, crook, twist, turn] 8: a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself [syn: eddy, twist] 9: a jerky pulling movement [syn: twist, wrench] 10: a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair [syn: braid, plait, tress, twist] 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 wind" [syn: wind, winding, twist] 13: turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room" [syn: twist, turn] v 1: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace" [syn: writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist] 2: cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar" [syn: flex, bend, deform, twist, turn] [ant: unbend] 3: turn in the opposite direction; "twist one's head" 4: form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" [syn: twist, twine, distort] [ant: untwist] 5: form into twists; "Twist the strips of dough" 6: extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest" [syn: wind, twist, 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; "wrench a window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"; "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest" [syn: wrench, twist] 9: practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive; "Don't twist my words" [syn: twist, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate] 10: twist suddenly so as to sprain; "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" [syn: twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

624 Moby Thesaurus words for "twist": a thing for, aberrancy, aberration, action, adulterate, affinity, afflict, agonize, ail, alloy, alter, alteration, anagnorisis, analysis, anamorphism, anamorphosis, angle, angle off, animus, approach, aptitude, aptness, architectonics, architecture, argument, aspect, asymmetry, atmosphere, background, balmy, barmy, batty, bear off, belie, bend, bent, bias, birthmark, bite, blackhead, bleb, blemish, blister, bonkers, bonus, bow, braid, brail, branching off, buckle, bulla, bully, bun, burlesque, burn, cable, camouflage, canker, caricature, cast, catastrophe, cavendish, chafe, change, character, characterization, chaw, cheapen, check, chew, chewing tobacco, chignon, cicatrix, cicatrize, circle, circuitousness, circulate, circumrotate, circumvolute, cirrus, coarsen, coerce, coil, color, coloring, comedo, complication, conatus, conduciveness, configuration, confound, constitution, construal, construction, contaminate, continuity, contort, contortion, contrivance, convulse, cord, corkscrew, corner, corrupt, crack, crank, crater, craze, crazy, crinkle, crook, crookedness, crotchet, crucify, crumple, cuckoo, cud, cue, curl, curlicue, curve, cut, cut plug, daft, debase, declination, decoration, deface, defacement, defect, defile, deflect, deflower, deform, deformation, deformity, degenerate, degrade, delight, denature, denouement, departure, deprave, desecrate, design, despoil, detorsion, detour, devalue, development, deviance, deviancy, deviate, deviation, device, deviousness, diathesis, diffract, diffuse, digression, discursion, disfiguration, disfigure, disfigurement, disguise, disperse, disposition, disproportion, distort, distortion, distress, divagate, divagation, divarication, diverge, divergence, diversion, divert, dogleg, double, dress up, drift, drifting, eagerness, eating tobacco, eccentric, eccentricity, effect, eidolon, embellish, embroider, enlace, entwine, episode, err, errantry, evolute, exaggerate, excruciate, excurse, excursion, excursus, exorbitation, extra, extra added attraction, extra dash, fable, facet, failing, falling action, falsification, falsify, fashion, fault, favoritism, feature, feeling for, fester, fid, figure, filigree, filling, fillip, flaw, flourish, foible, force, forejudgment, form, freckle, fret, frill, fudge, gall, garble, garbling, gestalt, gild, gimmick, give pain, gloss, gloss over, gnarl, gnaw, go adrift, go around, go astray, go round, grain, grate, grind, gripe, guise, gyrate, gyre, hairpin, harrow, helix, hemangioma, hickey, hurt, idiosyncrasy, image, imago, imbalance, impression, incident, inclination, incongruity, inconsistency, indirection, individualism, infect, inflame, inflict pain, influence, insane, interknit, interlace, interpretation, intertie, intertissue, intertwine, intertwist, interweave, intort, involute, irregularity, irritate, jaundice, jaundiced eye, keloid, kidney, kill by inches, kink, knit, knot, lace, lacerate, lagniappe, leaning, lentigo, liability, ligament, ligation, ligature, light, likeness, liking, line, lineaments, local color, look, loom, loop, lopsidedness, lurch, mad, make, makeup, manner, mar, martyr, martyrize, mask, mat, meander, mental set, mettle, milium, mind, mind-set, miscite, miscolor, misconstruction, misconstrue, misinterpret, misinterpretation, misquotation, misquote, misreport, misrepresent, misrepresentation, misstate, misstatement, misteach, mistranslate, mistranslation, misunderstand, misunderstanding, misuse, mold, mole, mood, motif, movement, mythos, nature, navy, navy plug, needle scar, net, nevus, nip, noose, nuts, nutty, oblique, obliquity, oddity, one-sidedness, ornament, overdraw, overstate, padding, pain, parody, partialism, partiality, partisanship, peculiarity, penchant, pererrate, pererration, peripeteia, persuade, perversion, pervert, phase, phasis, pierce, pigtail, pimple, pinch, pirouette, pit, pivot, plait, plan, pleach, plot, pock, pockmark, poison, pollute, port-wine mark, port-wine stain, preconception, predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudgment, prejudice, prejudice against, prejudice the issue, premium, prepossess, prepossession, pressure, prick, probability, proclivity, prolong the agony, proneness, propensity, prostitute, pull, pustule, put to torture, queue, quid, quirk, rack, raddle, ramble, rambling, rankle, rasp, rattail, ravage, ravish, readiness, recognition, reference, refract, regard, respect, revolve, rick, rift, ringlet, rising action, roll, rope, rotate, round, round the bend, rove, rub, scab, scallop, scar, scarify, scatter, scheme, scratch, screw, scroll, sebaceous cyst, secondary plot, seeming, semblance, sensitivity to, serpentine, set, shape, sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, side, simulacrum, skew, slant, slink, slue, snake, soft spot, something extra, spin, spiral, splice, split, sprain, spring, spun yarn, squirm, stab, stamp, sting, story, straggle, strain, strawberry mark, stray, straying, streak, string, stripe, structure, stuffing, sty, style, subject, subplot, superaddition, susceptibility, sway, sweep, swerve, swerving, swing, swinging, swirl, switch, swivel, tack, tail, taint, temper, temperament, tendency, tendon, tendril, thematic development, theme, thong, tissue, titivate, tobacco juice, tone, topic, topknot, torment, torsion, tortuosity, torture, total effect, track, travesty, treatment, trick, trick out, trimming, tropism, turn, turn a pirouette, turn around, turn awry, turn of mind, turn round, turning, tweak, twill, twine, twirl, twist and turn, type, ulcerate, understanding, understate, undetachment, undispassionateness, unsymmetry, variation, varnish, veer, verruca, version, vesicle, view, viewpoint, violate, vitiate, volute, volution, vortex, vulgarize, wale, wamble, wander, wandering, warp, wart, wattle, weakness, weal, weave, web, welt, wen, wheel, whirl, whitehead, whitewash, whorl, wiggle, willingness, wind, wire, wise, worm, wound, wreathe, wrench, wrest, wriggle, wring, wrinkle, writhe, yarn, yaw, zigzag