When you twist something, you turn it in a different direction. You might twist off a bottle cap, or you might even twist the plot of a story you are writing.

A kite's tail twists in the wind, curling around itself, and a baker twists a piece of dough into a pretzel shape. You can also twist out of someone's grasp (to escape your godmother's cheek pinching), or twist your ankle hurrying away. As a noun, twist means a bent and curved shape, like the twist of a curl or a twist of soft serve ice cream. In a book or movie plot, a twist is a shocking development.

Definitions of twist
  1. verb
    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    twist the dough into a braid”
    synonyms: bend, deform, flex, turn
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    free from flexure
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    dent, indent
    make a depression into
    cause to curve inward
    twist into a state of deformity
    bend into the shape of a crank
    convolute, convolve
    curl, wind, or twist together
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  2. verb
    form into twists
    Twist the strips of dough”
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  3. verb
    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
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    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
  4. verb
    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
    synonyms: squirm, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe
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    make a sudden twisting motion
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    extend in curves and turns
    “the path twisted through the forest”
    synonyms: curve, wind
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    wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snail
    form a spiral
    form a snake-like pattern
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    form into a spiral shape
    “The cord is all twisted
    synonyms: distort, twine
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    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
    work natural fibers into a thread
    interweave, weave
    interlace by or as if by weaving
    change shape as via computer animation
    weave into plaits
    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
    interlace to form wattle
    weave together into a fabric or design
    raddle, ruddle
    twist or braid together, interlace
    plash, pleach
    interlace the shoots of
    variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
    interweave with tinsel
    braid, pleach
    form or weave into a braid or braids
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    join by interweaving strands
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  7. verb
    turn in the opposite direction
    twist one's head”
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    twist (a body part) into a strained position
    twist or curve abruptly
    curl, wave
    twist or roll into coils or ringlets
    crape, crimp, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up
    curl tightly
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    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  8. verb
    twist suddenly so as to sprain
    “The wrestler twisted his shoulder”
    synonyms: rick, sprain, turn, wrench, wrick
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    injure, wound
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
  9. noun
    the act of winding or twisting
    synonyms: wind, winding
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    rotary motion, rotation
    the act of rotating as if on an axis
  10. noun
    turning or twisting around (in place)
    “with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room”
    synonyms: turn
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    a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns
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    rotary motion, rotation
    the act of rotating as if on an axis
  11. noun
    a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
    synonyms: kink, twirl
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    bend, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication
    an angular or rounded shape made by folding
  12. noun
    a circular segment of a curve
    synonyms: bend, crook, turn
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    a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
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    curve, curved shape
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  13. noun
    the act of rotating rapidly
    synonyms: spin, twirl, twisting, whirl
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    (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)
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    rotary motion, rotation
    the act of rotating as if on an axis
  14. noun
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    synonyms: eddy
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    current, stream
    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
  15. noun
    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    synonyms: pull, wrench
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    a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
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    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  16. noun
    a jerky pulling movement
    synonyms: wrench
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    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  17. noun
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    synonyms: braid, plait, tress
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    a braid of hair at the back of the head
    a plait of braided hair
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    coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
    the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
  18. noun
    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
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    social dancing
    dancing as part of a social occasion
  19. verb
    do the twist
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    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
  20. verb
    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
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    denote, refer
    have as a meaning
  21. noun
    an unforeseen development
    synonyms: turn, turn of events
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    a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
  22. noun
    an interpretation of a text or action
    synonyms: construction
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    an explanation that results from interpreting something
  23. noun
    any clever maneuver
    synonyms: device, gimmick
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    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
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    maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre
    a move made to gain a tactical end
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