twist

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: twist

1
vn
cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
the act of winding or twisting
2
nv
social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s
do the twist
3
v
practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
4
n
an unforeseen development
5
n
an interpretation of a text or action
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: twist
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v cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

twist the dough into a braid”
Synonyms:
bend, deform, flex, turn
Antonyms:
unbend
free from flexure
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dent, indent
make a depression into
incurvate
cause to curve inward
gnarl
twist into a state of deformity
crank
bend into the shape of a crank
convolute, convolve
curl, wind, or twist together
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v form into twists

Twist the strips of dough”
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates

Synonyms:
wrench
Type of:
pull
apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

v to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

Synonyms:
squirm, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe
Types:
wrench
make a sudden twisting motion
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v extend in curves and turns

“the path twisted through the forest”
Synonyms:
curve, wind
Types:
circumvolute
wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snail
spiral
form a spiral
snake
form a snake-like pattern
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v form into a spiral shape

“The cord is all twisted
Synonyms:
distort, twine
Antonyms:
untwist
cause to become untwisted
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wrench, wring
twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
contort, deform, distort, wring
twist and press out of shape
entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together
spin
work natural fibers into a thread
interweave, weave
interlace by or as if by weaving
morph
change shape as via computer animation
plait
weave into plaits
felt
mat together and make felt-like
enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
wind, wreathe
form into a wreath
wattle
interlace to form wattle
inweave
weave together into a fabric or design
raddle, ruddle
twist or braid together, interlace
plash, pleach
interlace the shoots of
shoot
variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
tinsel
interweave with tinsel
braid, pleach
form or weave into a braid or braids
knot, ravel, tangle
tangle or complicate
splice
join by interweaving strands
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v turn in the opposite direction

twist one's head”
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crick
twist (a body part) into a strained position
quirk
twist or curve abruptly
curl, wave
twist or roll into coils or ringlets
crape, crimp, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up
curl tightly
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v twist suddenly so as to sprain

“The wrestler twisted his shoulder”
Synonyms:
rick, sprain, turn, wrench, wrick
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

n the act of winding or twisting

Synonyms:
wind, winding
Type of:
rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis

n turning or twisting around (in place)

“with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room”
Synonyms:
turn
Types:
twiddle
a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns
Type of:
rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis

n a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight

Synonyms:
kink, twirl
Type of:
bend, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication
an angular or rounded shape made by folding

n a circular segment of a curve

Synonyms:
bend, crook, turn
Types:
bight
a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
Type of:
curve, curved shape
the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

n the act of rotating rapidly

Synonyms:
spin, twirl, twisting, whirl
Types:
pirouette
(ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)
birling, logrolling
rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)
Type of:
rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis

n a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself

Synonyms:
eddy
Type of:
current, stream
a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)

n a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

Synonyms:
pull, wrench
Types:
sprain
a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

n a jerky pulling movement

Synonyms:
wrench
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

Synonyms:
braid, plait, tress
Types:
queue
a braid of hair at the back of the head
pigtail
a plait of braided hair
Type of:
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
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n 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
Type of:
social dancing
dancing as part of a social occasion

v do the twist

Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
3

v practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive

“Don't twist my words”
Synonyms:
convolute, pervert, sophisticate, twist around
Type of:
denote, refer
have as a meaning
4

n an unforeseen development

Synonyms:
turn, turn of events
Type of:
development
a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
5

n an interpretation of a text or action

Synonyms:
construction
Type of:
interpretation
an explanation that results from interpreting something

n any clever maneuver

Synonyms:
device, gimmick
Types:
mnemonic
a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall
fast one, trick
a cunning or deceitful action or device
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
(Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating
Type of:
maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre
a move made to gain a tactical end
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