twister

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n twister small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts
    • n twister a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Milton Bradley originally wanted to name the game Twister, Pretzel; but he could not since the name was copyrighted
    • Twister (Carp) A girder.
    • Twister One who twists; specifically, the person whose occupation is to twist or join the threads of one warp to those of another, in weaving.
    • Twister (Man) The inner part of the thigh, the proper place to rest upon when on horseback.
    • Twister The instrument used in twisting, or making twists. "He, twirling his twister , makes a twist of the twine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
    • n twister A twisting or zigzag movement of a horse.
    • n twister A somersault in which the body rotates or ‘twists.’ See spotter, 5.
    • n twister One who or that which twists. Specifically In weaving, the person whose occupation it is to twist or join the threads of one warp to those of another.
    • n twister An implement or device used for twisting yarns, threads, cords, etc.
    • n twister In carpentry, a girder.
    • n twister That which is twisted or which moves with a twist, as a ball in cricket or billiards.
    • n twister That which twists, writhes, or contorts.
    • n twister One who trims trees by lopping. Cath. Ang. A bird that flies with twisting or zigzag flight, as the snipe.
    • n twister In the manège, the inner part of the thigh: the proper place to rest upon when on horseback.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The following is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language: "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick".
    • n Twister one who, or that which, twists: a whirling wind, a tornado: the inner part, of the thigh of a rider on horseback: a ball, as in cricket, billiards, &c., sent with a twist
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. twist, a rope—twí-, two; Ger. zwist, discord.

Usage

In literature:

Shadrach Stringer's his name, and he's the best twister in the county.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
Really, I'm quite a twister.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
Grace Ward, their captain, at the end of the over quietly rolled the ball to Ida Bellamy, famed for her slow "twisters".
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
At the sound of Kate's crying, Caesar had thrown away the twister and come close to listen, and Black Tom had dropped from the thatch.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The eye o' the storm it was, and after awhile it come on to blow again, as is the custom with twisters.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
Well, sir, I guess Holliwell is plumb close to bein' a prize devil-twister.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
A second later a "twister" from the hills hit us, and adroitly he headed her into it.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
For several seconds the "twister" remained suspended.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
I always keep a pair of twisters alongside of mine; and that's why I thought she might be safer with me than with you.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
Now let me turn from the press agent to the advertiser as a twister of editorial opinion.
"Commercialism and Journalism" by Hamilton Holt
The Twister was never so twined before.
"Tales from Blackwood, Volume 7" by Various
One day I said to Bill that I'd like to know why he didn't get a new horse and wagon, and then he told me a regular hair-twister.
"Harper's Round Table, June 25, 1895" by Various
In the meantime, Merriwell was on the gridiron, and he was taking all kinds of twisters with his old-time confidence and skill.
"Frank Merriwell's Return to Yale" by Burt L. Standish
The actual twister had only hit one third of us, from where the mainmast stood, aft.
"Plain Mary Smith" by Henry Wallace Phillips
The Twister was never so twined before.
"Humours of Irish Life" by Various
The bronco-twister shook out his rope, glanced at the boss, glanced at him again, and dropped reluctantly into the corral.
"Bat Wing Bowles" by Dane Coolidge
I was put at work in a tobacco manufactory, and am a tobacco-twister by trade.
"Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler" by Rev. Gross Alexander
We do not make any Twisters with common or old style "Two Rail" spindles.
"Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery" by Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd.
You are in a fair way to end your days on the twister.
"Checkmate" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Thirty bob in curl-twisters for every ruddy disc; that's the figure now, or thereabouts.
"Beaumaroy Home from the Wars" by Anthony Hope
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In poetry:

Once I was a twister, just like you
Had rickets, false teeth and no hair
Do you remember when first we met
You do? You're a liar, Devil-May-Care.
"Devil May Not Care" by Billy Bennett

In news:

After a tornado, belief becomes the twister in "How the World Began.".
But Faulkner says the payment process can take a while on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed by twisters .
South county twister confirmed as tornado.
A violent storm system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned a massive twister which struck Joplin, Mo.
Thanks to excellent warnings, it was not the deadliest twister for Texas, but it made one huge mess for the city of Wichita Falls .
When deadly twisters chewed through the South and Midwest in 2011, thousands of people in the killers' paths had nowhere to hide.
Twisters clarify reasons for coach leaving his position.
Disaster planning is the best way to prepare and protect the community from the worst effects of a twister.
No, Mom, they're playing Twister.
The Twister slide will be Carnival 's longest ever.
Have you ever seen the movie "Twister ".
Rejects Clue, Twister, Magic 8 Ball.
Mcd's in the Philippines have something called "Twister Fries".
More Than a Dozen Homes Damaged in Twister.
Twister reported near Defiance .
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In science:

For this specific situation encountered, for instance, in simulations of lattice models, most of the high-quality generators with large states such as Mersenne twister cannot be used efficiently without substantial changes.
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
The Mersenne twister , for instance, has a state of 624 words or about 20 kB which, compared to the 48 kB of shared memory available to up to 1536 threads on an NVIDIA Fermi GPU, is huge.
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
This rules out a number of implementations of general-purpose generators , such as XORWOW, a multiple recursive XORShift generator proposed by Marsaglia , implemented in the cuRAND library (which has 192 bits of state) as well as the standard Mersenne twister implementation in the CUDA SDK (now superseded by MTGP ).
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
Due to the reduced state size and period, this generator fails some random-walk tests in addition to the routines based on F2 linearity . A variant of the Mersenne twister more suitable for GPUs has been suggested in Ref. .
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
To execute the step (iv) of the algorithm, we employ the Mersenne-Twister random number generator, .
Levy flights in confining environments: Random paths and their statistics
One is working on strings, or loop quantum gravity or non-commutative geometry or twister theory, or perhaps something else.
Towards a background independent approach to M theory
The extract shows the results of a χ2 test of the Mersenne Twister 19937 generator.
A Generic Random Number Generator Test Suite
The Mersenne Twister algorithm passed several tests for statistical randomness, including the Diehard tests.
Bayesian power-spectrum inference for Large Scale Structure data
All simulations and analysis were performed with custom software written in Matlab 2010b and executed on a 2.66 GHz iMac with 8GB of RAM using Matlab’s default pseudo random number generator (Mersenne Twister).
Conservative Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals using Importance Sampling
Briefly, the Mersenne-Twister algorithm generates uniformly distributed pseudo-random numbers which are then converted to normally distributed random numbers via the inverse cumulative distribution function.
Sample Size Planning for Classification Models
We used the Mersenne Twister random number generator in this paper.
Auto-validating von Neumann Rejection Sampling from Small Phylogenetic Tree Spaces
Matsumoto, M., Nishimura, T.: Mersenne twister: A 623-dimensionally equidistributed uniform pseudo-random number generator.
Auto-validating von Neumann Rejection Sampling from Small Phylogenetic Tree Spaces
The pseudorandom numbers in MC were generated by the Mersenne twister algorithm.
A new extrapolation method for weak approximation schemes with applications
For the random choices of each edge we used the pseudo random number generator MT19937 “Mersenne Twister” of the GNU Scientific Library .
On Thresholds for the Appearance of 2-cores in Mixed Hypergraphs
Using “twisters,” it is not difficult to show that α extends over the smooth locus of C 2/B , whose complement is the codimension-2 locus whose components are of the form N × C or C × N , with N a node of C ; see Section 2.3.
Degree-2 Abel maps for nodal curves
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