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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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TWIST, verb transitive

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 or 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.

4. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle.

--Pillars of smoke twisted about with wreaths of flame.

5. To form; to weave; as, to twist a story.

6. To unite by intertexture of parts; as, to twist bays with ivy.

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.

TWIST, verb intransitive To be contorted or united by winding round each other. Some strands will twist more easily than others.

TWIST, noun A cord, thread or any thing flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.

1. A cord; a string; a single cord.

2. A contortion; a writhe.

3. A little roll of tobacco.

4. Manner of twisting.

5. A twig. [Not in use.]