1an act of twisting something around a stationary point:the taps needed a single twist to turn them on an act of turning one’s body or part of one’s body:with a sudden twist, she got away from him
) a dance with a twisting movement of the body, popular in the 1960s: lets do the twist
[mass noun] the extent of twisting of a rod or other object. [mass noun] force producing twisting; torque. [mass noun] forward motion combined with rotation about an axis. the rifling in the bore of a gun:barrels with a 1:24 inch twist 2a thing with a spiral shape:a barley sugar twist British a paper packet with twisted ends: he handed her a twist of paper a small quantity of tobacco, sugar, salt, or a similar substance, wrapped in such a packet: he bought a packet of crisps with a blue twist of salt in them a curled piece of lemon peel used to flavour a drink: she drank vodka and tonic with a twist of lemon 3a distorted shape:he had a cruel twist to his mouth an unusual feature of a person’s personality, typically an unhealthy one: her lack of considerateness is a personality twist which could bring her problems British informal a swindle. 4a point at which something turns or bends:the car negotiated the twists and turns of the mountain road an unexpected development of events:it was soon time for the next twist of fate in his extraordinary career a new treatment or outlook; a variation:she takes conventional subjects and gives them a twist 5 [mass noun] a fine strong thread consisting of twisted strands of cotton or silk. 6British a drink consisting of two ingredients mixed together.
7a carpet with a tightly curled pile. 1form into a bent, curling, or distorted shape:a strip of metal is twisted to form a hollow tube her pretty features twisted into a fearsome expression [with object and adverbial] form (something) into a particular shape by taking hold of one or both ends and turning them:she twisted her handkerchief into a knot [with object and adverbial] turn or bend into a specified position or in a specified direction:he grabbed the man and twisted his arm behind his back
(twist something off
) remove something by pulling and rotating it:beetroot can be stored once the leaves have been twisted off
[no object] move one’s body so that the shoulders and hips are facing in different directions:she twisted in her seat to look at the buildings [no object, with adverbial] move in a wriggling or writhing fashion:he twisted himself free injure (a joint) by wrenching it:he twisted his ankle trying to avoid his opponent’s lunge distort or misrepresent the meaning of (words):he twisted my words to make it seem that I’d claimed she was a drug addict 2cause to rotate around a stationary point; turn:she twisted her ring round and round on her finger [with object and adverbial] wind around or through something:she twisted a lock of hair around her finger move or cause to move around each other; interlace: [with object]:she twisted her hands together nervously the machine twists together strands to make a double yarn make (something) by interlacing or winding strands together: he could twist a rope strong enough to hold a mule [no object] take or have a winding course:the railway lines twist and turn round the hills 3 [no object] dance the twist. 4British informal cheat; defraud.
5 [no object] (in pontoon) request, deal, or be dealt a card face upwards.