twist (

     n 1: an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward
          turn" [syn: turn, turn of events]
     2: an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an
        unsympathetic construction on his conduct" [syn: construction]
     3: any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any
        device to win a point" [syn: device, gimmick]
     4: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it
        broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl, twisting,
     5: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his
        knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a
        hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, pull]
     6: a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is
        pulled tight [syn: kink, twirl]
     7: a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the
        current of a fluid doubles back on itself [syn: eddy]
     8: a jerky pulling movement [syn: wrench]
     9: a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair [syn: braid,
         plait, tress]
     10: the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old
         clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, winding]
     11: turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist
         of his head he surveyed the room" [syn: turn]
     v 1: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (esp. when
          struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort." "The
          child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace."
          [syn: writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm]
     2: cause to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod";
        "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn
        an iron bar" [syn: bend, deform, turn] [ant: unbend]
     3: turn in the opposite direction; "twist a wire"
     4: form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" [syn: twine,
         distort] [ant: untwist]
     5: form into twists; "Twist the bacon around the sausage"
     6: do the twist
     7: twist or pull violently or suddenly, esp. so as to remove
        (something) from that to which it is attached; "wrench a
        window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from
        somebody's grip"; also metaphorically: "a deep sigh was
        wrenched from his chest" [syn: wrench]
     8: change the meaning of [syn: twist around, pervert, convolute,
     9: twist suddenly so as to sprain; "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" [syn: sprain, wrench, turn, wrick,