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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.


Synonymsconstruction


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


Synonymseddy


Broader (hypernym)current, stream

9. twist (event) a jerky pulling movement


Synonymswrench


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.


Synonymsturn


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


Antonymsunbend

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


Antonymsuntwist

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.


Synonymswrench


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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