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Definition 1: social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s - [noun denoting act]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they liked to dance the twist

(twist is a kind of ...) dancing as part of a social occasion

Definition 2: any clever maneuver - [noun denoting act]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he would stoop to any device to win a point
  • it was a great sales gimmick
  • a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) a move made to gain a tactical end

(... is a kind of twist ) a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall

(... is a kind of twist ) a cunning or deceitful action or device

"he played a trick on me" "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"

Definition 3: the act of rotating rapidly - [noun denoting act]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave the crank a spin
  • it broke off after much twisting

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) the act of rotating as if on an axis

"the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"

(... is a kind of twist ) (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)

(... is a kind of twist ) rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)

Definition 4: turning or twisting around (in place) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) the act of rotating as if on an axis

"the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"

(... is a kind of twist ) a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns

Definition 5: the act of winding or twisting - [noun denoting act]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) the act of rotating as if on an axis

"the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"

Definition 6: a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

(... is a kind of twist ) a braid of hair at the back of the head

(... is a kind of twist ) a plait of braided hair

Definition 7: an interpretation of a text or action - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) an explanation that results from interpreting something

"the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"

Definition 8: an unforeseen development - [noun denoting event]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • events suddenly took an awkward turn

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation

"recent developments in Iraq" "what a revolting development!"

Definition 9: a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)

"the raft floated downstream on the current" "he felt a stream of air" "the hose ejected a stream of water"

Definition 10: a jerky pulling movement - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

Definition 11: a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) an angular or rounded shape made by folding

"a fold in the napkin" "a crease in his trousers" "a plication on her blouse" "a flexure of the colon" "a bend of his elbow"

Definition 12: a circular segment of a curve - [noun denoting shape]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bend in the road
  • a crook in the path

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

(... is a kind of twist ) a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)

Definition 13: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments - [noun denoting state]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
  • he was sidelined with a hamstring pull

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

(... is a kind of twist ) a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments

Definition 14: twist suddenly so as to sprain - [verb of body]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

Definition 15: form into twists - [verb of change]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Twist the strips of dough

(twist is a kind of ...) give shape or form to

"shape the dough" "form the young child's character"

Definition 16: practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive - [verb of communication]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't twist my words

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) have as a meaning

"`multi-' denotes `many' "

Definition 17: turn in the opposite direction - [verb of contact]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • twist one's head

(twist is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

(... is a kind of twist ) twist (a body part) into a strained position

"crick your neck"

(... is a kind of twist ) twist or curve abruptly

"She quirked her head in a peculiar way"

(... is a kind of twist ) twist or roll into coils or ringlets

"curl my hair, please"

Definition 18: form into a spiral shape - [verb of contact]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cord is all twisted

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) assume a different shape or form

(... is a kind of twist ) twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

"Wring one's hand"

(... is a kind of twist ) twist and press out of shape

(... is a kind of twist ) twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

"The child entangled the cord"

(... is a kind of twist ) spin, wind, or twist together

"intertwine the ribbons" "Twine the threads into a rope" "intertwined hearts"

(... is a kind of twist ) work natural fibers into a thread

"spin silk"

(... is a kind of twist ) interlace by or as if by weaving

Definition 19: cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form - [verb of contact]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bend the rod
  • twist the dough into a braid
  • the strong man could turn an iron bar

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) assume a different shape or form

(... is a kind of twist ) make a depression into

"The bicycle dented my car"

(... is a kind of twist ) cause to curve inward

"gravity incurvates the rays"

(... is a kind of twist ) twist into a state of deformity

"The wind has gnarled this old tree"

(... is a kind of twist ) bend into the shape of a crank

(... is a kind of twist ) curl, wind, or twist together

Definition 20: twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates - [verb of contact]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wrench a window off its hinges
  • wrench oneself free from somebody's grip
  • a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

"Pull the rope" "Pull the handle towards you" "pull the string gently" "pull the trigger of the gun" "pull your knees towards your chin"

Definition 21: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) - [verb of motion]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prisoner writhed in discomfort
  • The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of twist ) make a sudden twisting motion

Definition 22: do the twist - [verb of motion]

(twist is a kind of ...) move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

"My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"

Definition 23: extend in curves and turns - [verb of stative]

Samples where twist or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The road winds around the lake
  • the path twisted through the forest

Synonyms for twist in the sense of this definition

(twist is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of twist ) wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snail

(... is a kind of twist ) form a spiral

"The path spirals up the mountain"

(... is a kind of twist ) form a snake-like pattern

"The river snakes through the valley"

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