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twist


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Twist  \Twist\,  n. 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  A  strong  individual  tendency,  or  bent;  a  marked 
  inclination;  a  bias;  --  often  implying  a  peculiar  or 
  unusual  tendency;  as  a  twist  toward  fanaticism. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Twist  \Twist\,  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.  twistr  the 
  deuce  in  cards,  tvistr  distressed.  See  {Twice},  {Two}.] 
  1.  To  contort;  to  writhe;  to  complicate;  to  crook  spirally; 
  to  convolve. 
 
  Twist  it  into  a  serpentine  form  --Pope. 
 
  2.  Hence  to  turn  from  the  true  form  or  meaning;  to  pervert; 
  as  to  twist  a  passage  cited  from  an  author. 
 
  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. 
 
  4.  To  wreathe;  to  wind;  to  encircle;  to  unite  by  intertexture 
  of  parts  ``Longing  to  twist  bays  with  that  ivy.'' 
  --Waller. 
 
  There  are  pillars  of  smoke  twisted  about  wreaths  of 
  flame.  --T.  Burnet. 
 
  5.  To  wind  into  to  insinuate;  --  used  reflexively;  as 
  avarice  twists  itself  into  all  human  concerns. 
 
  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. 
 
  7.  Hence  to  form  as  if  by  winding  one  part  around  another; 
  to  wreathe;  to  make  up 
 
  Was  it  not  to  this  end  That  thou  began'st  to  twist 
  so  fine  a  story?  --Shak. 
 
  8.  To  form  into  a  thread  from  many  fine  filaments;  as  to 
  twist  wool  or  cotton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  2.  To  follow  a  helical  or  spiral  course;  to  be  in  the  form  of 
  a  helix. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Twist  \Twist\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  twisting;  a  contortion;  a  flexure;  a 
  convolution;  a  bending. 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  The  form  given  in  twisting. 
 
  [He]  shrunk  at  first  sight  of  it  he  found  fault 
  with  the  length,  the  thickness,  and  the  twist. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  formed  by  twisting,  convoluting,  or  uniting 
  parts  Specifically: 
  a  A  cord,  thread,  or  anything  flexible,  formed  by 
  winding  strands  or  separate  things  round  each  other 
  b  A  kind  of  closely  twisted,  strong  sewing  silk,  used  by 
  tailors,  saddlers,  and  the  like 
  c  A  kind  of  cotton  yarn,  of  several  varieties. 
  d  A  roll  of  twisted  dough,  baked. 
  e  A  little  twisted  roll  of  tobacco. 
  f  (Weaving)  One  of  the  threads  of  a  warp,  --  usually 
  more  tightly  twisted  than  the  filling. 
  g  (Firearms)  A  material  for  gun  barrels,  consisting  of 
  iron  and  steel  twisted  and  welded  together;  as 
  Damascus  twist. 
  h  (Firearms  &  Ord.)  The  spiral  course  of  the  rifling  of 
  a  gun  barrel  or  a  cannon. 
  i  A  beverage  made  of  brandy  and  gin.  [Slang] 
 
  4.  [OE.;  --  so  called  as  being  a  two-forked  branch.  See 
  {Twist},  v.  t.]  A  twig.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer.  Fairfax. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  twist 
  n  1:  an  unforeseen  development;  "events  suddenly  took  an  awkward 
  turn"  [syn:  {turn},  {turn  of  events}] 
  2:  an  interpretation  of  a  text  or  action  "they  put  an 
  unsympathetic  construction  on  his  conduct"  [syn:  {construction}] 
  3:  any  clever  (deceptive)  maneuver;  "he  would  stoop  to  any 
  device  to  win  a  point"  [syn:  {device},  {gimmick}] 
  4:  the  act  of  rotating  rapidly;  "he  gave  the  crank  a  spin";  "it 
  broke  off  after  much  twisting"  [syn:  {spin},  {twirl},  {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},  {pull}] 
  6:  a  sharp  bend  in  a  line  produced  when  a  line  having  a  loop  is 
  pulled  tight  [syn:  {kink},  {twirl}] 
  7:  a  miniature  whirlpool  or  whirlwind  resulting  when  the 
  current  of  a  fluid  doubles  back  on  itself  [syn:  {eddy}] 
  8:  a  jerky  pulling  movement  [syn:  {wrench}] 
  9:  a  hairdo  formed  by  braiding  or  twisting  the  hair  [syn:  {braid}, 
  {plait},  {tress}] 
  10:  the  act  of  winding  or  twisting;  "he  put  the  key  in  the  old 
  clock  and  gave  it  a  good  wind"  [syn:  {wind},  {winding}] 
  11:  turning  or  twisting  around  (in  place);  "with  a  quick  twist 
  of  his  head  he  surveyed  the  room"  [syn:  {turn}] 
  v  1:  to  move  in  a  twisting  or  contorted  motion,  (esp.  when 
  struggling);  "The  prisoner  writhed  in  discomfort."  "The 
  child  tried  to  wriggle  free  from  his  aunt's  embrace." 
  [syn:  {writhe},  {wrestle},  {wriggle},  {worm},  {squirm}] 
  2:  cause  to  assume  a  crooked  or  angular  form  "bend  the  rod" 
  [syn:  {bend},  {deform}]  [ant:  {unbend}] 
  3:  turn  in  the  opposite  direction;  "twist  a  wire" 
  4:  form  into  a  spiral  shape;  "The  cord  is  all  twisted"  [syn:  {distort}] 
  [ant:  {untwist}] 
  5:  form  into  twists;  "Twist  the  bacon  around  the  sausage" 
  6:  do  the  twist 
  7:  twist  or  pull  violently  or  suddenly,  esp.  so  as  to  remove 
  something  from  that  to  which  it  is  attached;  "wrench  a 
  window  off  its  hinges";  "wrench  oneself  free  from 
  somebody's  grip";  also  metaphorically:  "a  deep  sigh  was 
  wrenched  from  his  chest"  [syn:  {wrench}] 
  8:  change  the  meaning  of  [syn:  {twist  around},  {pervert},  {convolute}, 
  {sophisticate}] 
  9:  twist  suddenly  so  as  to  sprain;  "wrench  one's  ankle"  [syn:  {sprain}, 
  {wrench},  {turn},  {wrick},  {rick}] 




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