Definition for TWIST

TWIST, v.t. [Sax. getwistan; D. twisten, to dispute, Sw. tvista; Dan. tvister, to dispute, to litigate; G. zwist, a dispute. In all the dialects except ours, this word is used figuratively, but it is remarkably expressive and well applied.]

  1. 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 thread. So we say, to double and twist.
  2. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
  3. To contort; to writhe; as, to twist a thing into a serpentine form. Pope.
  4. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle. Pillars of smoke twisted about with wreaths of flame. Burnet.
  5. To form; to weave; as, to twist a story. Shak.
  6. To unite by intertexture of parts; as, to twist bays with ivy. Waller.
  7. To unite; to enter by winding; to insinuate; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
  8. To pervert; as, to twist a passage in an author.
  9. To turn from a straight line.

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