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English noun: twist

1. twist (event) an unforeseen development

SamplesEvents suddenly took an awkward turn.

Synonymsturn, turn of events

Broader (hypernym)development

2. twist (communication) an interpretation of a text or action

SamplesThey put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct.


Broader (hypernym)interpretation

3. twist (act) any clever maneuver

SamplesHe would stoop to any device to win a point.
It was a great sales gimmick.
A cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen.

Synonymsdevice, gimmick

Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre

Narrower (hyponym)fast one, mnemonic, trick

4. twist (act) the act of rotating rapidly

SamplesHe gave the crank a spin.
It broke off after much twisting.

Synonymsspin, twirl, twisting, whirl

Broader (hypernym)rotary motion, rotation

Narrower (hyponym)birling, logrolling, pirouette

5. twist (state) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

SamplesThe wrench to his knee occurred as he fell.
He was sidelined with a hamstring pull.

Synonymspull, wrench

Broader (hypernym)harm, hurt, injury, trauma

Narrower (hyponym)sprain

6. twist (shape) a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight

Synonymskink, twirl

Broader (hypernym)bend, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication

7. twist (shape) a circular segment of a curve

SamplesA bend in the road.
A crook in the path.

Synonymsbend, crook, turn

Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

Narrower (hyponym)bight

8. twist (event) a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself


Broader (hypernym)current, stream

9. twist (event) a jerky pulling movement


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

10. twist (body) a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

Synonymsbraid, plait, tress

Broader (hypernym)coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle

Narrower (hyponym)pigtail, queue

11. twist (act) social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s

SamplesThey liked to dance the twist.

Broader (hypernym)social dancing

12. twist (act) the act of winding or twisting

SamplesHe put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind.

Synonymswind, winding

Broader (hypernym)rotary motion, rotation

13. twist (act) turning or twisting around (in place)

SamplesWith a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room.


Broader (hypernym)rotary motion, rotation

Narrower (hyponym)twiddle

English verb: twist

1. twist (motion) to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

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

Synonymssquirm, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)wrench

2. twist (contact) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

SamplesBend the rod.
Twist the dough into a braid.
The strong man could turn an iron bar.

Synonymsbend, deform, flex, turn

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Narrower (hyponym)convolute, convolve, crank, dent, gnarl, incurvate, indent


3. twist (contact) turn in the opposite direction

SamplesTwist one's head.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)turn

Narrower (hyponym)crick, curl, quirk, wave

4. twist (contact) form into a spiral shape

SamplesThe cord is all twisted.

Synonymsdistort, twine

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Narrower (hyponym)contort, deform, distort, enlace, entangle, entwine, interlace, intertwine, interweave, lace, mat, snarl, spin, tangle, twine, weave, wrench, wring, wring


5. twist (change) form into twists

SamplesTwist the strips of dough.

ExamplesThey twist the wire around the stick

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

6. twist (stative) extend in curves and turns

SamplesThe road winds around the lake.
The path twisted through the forest.

Synonymscurve, wind

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)circumvolute, snake, spiral

7. twist (motion) do the twist

ExamplesSam and Sue twist

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

8. twist (contact) twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates

SamplesWrench a window off its hinges.
Wrench oneself free from somebody's grip.
A deep sigh was wrenched from his chest.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)pull

9. twist (communication) practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive

SamplesDon't twist my words.

Synonymsconvolute, pervert, sophisticate, twist around

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

10. twist (body) twist suddenly so as to sprain

SamplesWrench 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.

ExamplesDid he twist his foot?

Synonymsrick, sprain, turn, wrench, wrick

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

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