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Dictionary definition for: Twist

1. (v) 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"

2. (n) an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn"

3. (v) 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"

4. (n) an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"

5. (n) any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"

6. (v) turn in the opposite direction; "twist a wire"

7. (n) the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin" "it broke off after much twisting"

8. (v) form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"

9. (v) form into twists; "Twist the bacon around the sausage"

10. (n) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell" "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

11. (v) do the twist

12. (n) a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight

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

14. (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; "wrench a window off its hinges" "wrench oneself free from somebody''s grip" "a deep sigh was wrenched from his ch

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

16. (n) a jerky pulling movement

17. (v) 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"

18. (n) a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

19. (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"

20. (n) the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"

21. (n) turning or twisting around (in place) "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"

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