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  Definition of Twist
  1. any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"
  2. the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
  3. turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
  4. the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
  5. 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"
  6. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  7. an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
  8. a jerky pulling movement
  9. an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
  10. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
  11. a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
  12. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
  13. 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"
  14. form into twists; "Twist the bacon around the sausage"
  15. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  16. turn in the opposite direction; "twist a wire"
  17. form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
  18. 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"
  19. 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 ch
  20. 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"
  21. do the twist
Similar Words: device, gimmick, spin, twirl, twisting, whirl, turn, wind, winding, braid, plait, tress, construction, wrench, turn of events, eddy, kink, pull, sprain, wrick, rick, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate, twine, distort, flex, bend, deform, writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm


Hyponyms: trick, fast one, pirouette, birling, logrolling, twiddle, queue, pigtail, sprain, quirk, curl, wave, wring, wrench, contort, deform, distort, entangle, tangle, mat, snarl, intertwine, twine, entwine, enlace, interlace, lace, spin, weave, interweave, indent, dent, incurvate, gnarl, crank, convolve, convolute


Derivational Morphology: spin, spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate, birl, twirl, wrench, swirl, twiddle, turn, wind, wind up, plait, braid, pleach, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticate, writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, grow, change state, become, eddy, purl, whirlpool, twine, distort, curl, curve, kink, crimp, crape, frizzle, frizz, kink up, pull, overstretch, sprain, wrick, rick, crick, tress, sophism, sophistry, sophistication, construction, distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting, distorted shape, deformation, contortion, bender, fold, crease, plication, flexure, bend, spanner, tornado, twister, wiggler, wriggler, squirmer, wiggle


Language Translations:
Dutch: draaien   Finnish: kiertää  
French: tordre   German: verdrehen  
Hungarian: sodorni   Italian: torcere  
Japanese: ひねる   Korean: 비틀다  
Portuguese: torcer   Russian: скручивать  
Spanish: torcer   Swedish: vrida  
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