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  3  definitions  found 
  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.'' 
  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]: 
  Twisting  \Twist"ing\, 
  a.  &  n.  from  {Twist}. 
  {Twisting  pair}.  (Kinematics)  See  under  {Pair},  n.,  7. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  having  a  twisting  or  snake-like  or  worm-like  motion; 
  "squirming  boys";  "wiggly  worms";  "writhing  snakes" 
  [syn:  {squirming},  {wiggling},  {wiggly},  {wriggling}, 
  {wriggly},  {writhing}] 
  2:  marked  by  repeated  turns  and  bends;  "a  tortuous  road  up  the 
  mountain";  "winding  roads  are  full  of  surprises";  "had  to 
  steer  the  car  down  a  twisty  track"  [syn:  {tortuous},  {twisty}, 
  n  1:  the  act  of  distorting  something  so  it  seems  to  mean 
  something  it  was  not  intended  to  mean  [syn:  {distortion}, 
  {overrefinement},  {straining},  {torture}] 
  2:  the  act  of  rotating  rapidly;  "he  gave  the  crank  a  spin";  "it 
  broke  off  after  much  twisting"  [syn:  {spin},  {twirl},  {twist}, 

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