• Brad-Awl.  Twist-Drill.   German Gimlet-Bit.  Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit.  Auger-Bit
    Brad-Awl. Twist-Drill. German Gimlet-Bit. Bit-Point Drill. Twist-Bit. Auger-Bit
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v twist 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"
    • v twist form into twists "Twist the strips of dough"
    • v twist practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive "Don't twist my words"
    • v twist turn in the opposite direction "twist one's head"
    • v twist form into a spiral shape "The cord is all twisted"
    • v twist cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form "bend the rod","twist the dough into a braid","the strong man could turn an iron bar"
    • v twist twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates "wrench a window off its hinges","wrench oneself free from somebody's grip","a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"
    • v twist to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) "The prisoner writhed in discomfort","The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
    • v twist do the twist
    • v twist extend in curves and turns "The road winds around the lake","the path twisted through the forest"
    • n twist any clever maneuver "he would stoop to any device to win a point","it was a great sales gimmick","a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"
    • n twist the act of rotating rapidly "he gave the crank a spin","it broke off after much twisting"
    • n twist turning or twisting around (in place) "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
    • n twist the act of winding or twisting "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
    • n twist social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s "they liked to dance the twist"
    • n twist a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    • n twist an interpretation of a text or action "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
    • n twist a jerky pulling movement
    • n twist an unforeseen development "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
    • n twist a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    • n twist a circular segment of a curve "a bend in the road","a crook in the path"
    • n twist a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
    • n twist a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell","he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Screw- and Wire-Gages. a. Screw-Gage. b. Wire-Gage. c. Twist-Drill-Gage Screw- and Wire-Gages. a. Screw-Gage. b. Wire-Gage. c. Twist-Drill-Gage
"Oliver Twist," 1837, vol. i. ch. xii "Oliver Twist," 1837, vol. i. ch. xii
Twisting the thread Twisting the thread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was located in Washington was nicknamed "Galloping Gertie" because of the unusual way it twisted and swayed with even with the slightest winds when people would drive on it. The bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, fortunately no humans died, except for a dog
    • Twist A beverage made of brandy and gin.
    • Twist A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.
    • Twist A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.
    • Twist A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.
    • Twist A little twisted roll of tobacco.
    • Twist A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist .
    • Twist A roll of twisted dough, baked.
    • Twist A strong individual tendency, or bent; a marked inclination; a bias; -- often implying a peculiar or unusual tendency; as, a twist toward fanaticism.
    • Twist A twig.
    • Twist Act of imparting a turning or twisting motion, as to a pitched ball; also, the motion thus imparted; as, the twist of a billiard ball.
    • Twist Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up. "Was it not to this end
      That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?"
    • Twist Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
    • Twist One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.
    • Twist That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.
    • Twist The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending. "Not the least turn or twist in the fibers of any one animal which does not render them more proper for that particular animal's way of life than any other cast or texture."
    • Twist The form given in twisting. "He] shrunk at first sight of it; he found fault with the length, the thickness, and the twist ."
    • Twist The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
    • Twist To be contorted; to writhe; to be distorted by torsion; to be united by winding round each other; to be or become twisted; as, some strands will twist more easily than others.
    • Twist To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve. "Twist it into a serpentine form."
    • Twist To distort, as a solid body, by turning one part relatively to another about an axis passing through both; to subject to torsion; as, to twist a shaft.
    • Twist To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.
    • Twist To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
    • Twist 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.
    • Twist To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
    • Twist To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts. "Longing to twist bays with that ivy.""There are pillars of smoke twisted about with wreaths of flame."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer
    • n twist In Venetian and old English glasses, any one of the spiral lines, of various colors, frequently blown in the handles and other parts. See air-twist (with cut).
    • n twist A thread, cord, rope, or the like made of two or more strands wound one about another; anything resembling such a rope or coil.
    • n twist Specifically— A kind of strong, close silk thread used for sewing.
    • n twist A kind of cotton yarn of several varieties.
    • n twist In weaving, the warp-thread of the web.
    • n twist A loaf or roll of twisted dough baked.
    • n twist A kind of manufactured tobacco made in the form of a rope or thick cord.
    • n twist A fabric made with a double and hence heavy thread; coarse cloth. Compare twine, n., 1, and twine, adjective
    • n twist A forked branch; a twig; a spray.
    • n twist Same as fork, 5.
    • n twist A hinge.
    • n twist An intertwining or interlacing; a knot or net, or other interwoven contrivance.
    • n twist A spiral form, disposition, or arrangement, such as may be produced by bending round both ends of an object in opposite directions; also, spiral or progressive rotary motion, or the path described by an object so moving: as, the twist given to a ball in pitching causes it to curve; the twist of a billiard-ball in play.
    • n twist Specifically, in firearms.
    • n twist The spiral formed by a groove in a rifled piece; the inclination of the grooves of a rifled piece to the axis of the bore.
    • n twist Iron and steel twisted and welded together, used as a material for gun-barrels.
    • n twist In architecture, the wind of the bed-joint of every course of voussoirs in a skew arch.
    • n twist In rope, cordage, and the like, the way in which the spiral strands are laid, the number of strands, the degree of turn of the spiral, etc.; as, these two ropes differ in their twist.
    • n twist A convolution; a curve; a flexure; a bend or turn.
    • n twist A turning about, as on a pivot or axis; a turn; a twirl.
    • n twist A wresting out of place; distortion; a wrench; a strain.
    • n twist Figuratively, a peculiar bent, turn, or cast; a variation or perversion from the usual or normal type.
    • n twist An appetite for food.
    • n twist A mixed drink: generally named from the spirit with which it is compounded.
    • n twist In dynamics, a twist-velocity.
    • n twist In mathematics:
    • n twist A torsional strain or distortion.
    • n twist A displacement along and around a screw; a translation combined with a rotation round an axis parallel to the direction of translation; in the non-Euclidean geometry, a compound of two rotations about conjugate polars to the absolute.
    • twist To unite, as two or more strands or filaments, by winding one about another; hence, to form by twining or rolling into a single thread; spin.
    • twist To intertwine; interweave; combine.
    • twist To weave; fabricate; compose.
    • twist To wreathe; wind; twine.
    • twist To bend or turn spirally, as by causing both ends to revolve in opposite directions; alter in shape so that parts previously in the same straight line and plane are located in a spiral curve; also, to cause to move spirally or with a progressive rotary motion, as a ball when pitched in a curve, or a billiard-ball when Englished.
    • twist To curve; bend; deflect: as, to twist a thing into a serpentine form; twisted like the letter S.
    • twist To thrust out of place or shape; contort or distort; pervert; wrench; wrest; warp: used literally or figuratively.
    • twist To press hard; wring.
    • twist To lop, as a tree, by cutting off branches or twigs.
    • twist To be intertwined or interwoven.
    • twist To be wreathed or coiled; wind.
    • twist To be bent round and round spirally; also, to move in such a manner or with continuous revolutions.
    • twist To curve; circle; revolve; move in a circle or spiral.
    • twist To be bent; turned, or contorted; writhe; squirm.
    • twist To be parted or cleft in twain; be divided, severed, sundered, or separated.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name "cranberry" comes from German and Dutch settlers. The berry was intially called "crane berry." The reason it was called this was because when the flowers bloom, the petals of the flowers twist backwards and look very much like the head of a crane. Eventually the name was shortened down to be "cranberry."
    • v.t Twist twist to twine: to unite or form by winding together: to form from several threads: to encircle with something: to wreathe: to wind spirally: to turn from the true form or meaning: to fabricate, compose: to cause to move spirally, to bend: to wrest, wrench: to insinuate
    • v.i Twist to be united by winding: to be bent, to move spirally: to revolve: to writhe
    • n Twist that which is twisted: a cord: a single thread: manner of twisting: a contortion: a small roll of tobacco: a strong silk thread: :
    • n Twist a wrench
    • n Twist (obs.) coarse cloth: a wrench, strain: a peculiar bent, perversion
    • n Twist (slang) a mixed drink, also an appetite for food
    • ***


  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken
    “I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look.”
  • Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe
    “I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person -- they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “You can't drive straight on a twisting lane.”
  • John Lennon
    “Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
  • Humbert Wolfe
    Humbert Wolfe
    “You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.”


Knickers in a twist - When your knickers are in a twist, you are angry and snappish over something trivial. 'Whenever he loses his car keys, he gets his knickers in a twist.'
Twist someone's arm - If you twist someone's arm, you put pressure on them to try to make them do what you want them to do.
Twisting in the wind - If you are twisting in the wind, you are without help or support - you are on your own.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twisten, AS. twist, a rope, as made of two (twisted) strands, fr. twi-, two; akin to D. twist, a quarrel, dissension, G. zwist, Dan. & Sw. tvist, Icel. tvistr, the deuce in cards, tvistr, distressed. See Twice Two


In literature:

In going over the rocks he twisted himself partly around.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
The big man caught Bob's wrist and slowly twisted.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
They are the =press=, the =beat=, and the =twist=.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
With a twisted smile he recalled the old yarn of the hunter who caught the bear by the tail.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
As he raised his big arms to protect his head, his antagonist twisted free.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The wool filling should be coarse and slack-twisted, and on wool-growing farms or in wool-growing districts is easily produced.
"How to make rugs" by Candace Wheeler
In the narrower bands twisted silk is sewn down with stitches in the direction of its twist.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
A joke, a twist of a grin, like it always was.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Marco struggled, shouting curses, twisting and thrashing to escape the sword.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
One glimpse he caught of a heaving yellow mass in the white light; it twisted in horrible convulsions.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various

In poetry:

I saw, on twisted bridges,
In blue and crimson gleams,
The lanterns of the fishers,
Along the brook of dreams.
"Nippon" by Alfred Noyes
But at their place of meeting
They keep a home and shrine.
Your angel twists a purple flax,
Then weaves a mantle fine.
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay
"Twist a whip of sand, moreover,
For me, and upon the brink
Of the wood build me a cover
Where I may find food and drink."
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz
Thy yellow flowing hair,
Thy purple girdle's silken fold
Still even in death around thee rolled,—
Thy twisted jewel rare.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
She twisted from the blows--her blood
Her mangled flesh I see--
And still the Captain would not spare--
Oh he was worse than me!
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
I will twist the tongue of Truth
Till her speech be nought but lies,
I will kill the faith of Youth,
And the hope in Age's eyes.
"The Rhyme Of The Beast" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

The First Twists That Made Marble Move.
Vidalia puts French twist on Italian favorites.
Blue cheese , onion, and bacon give pears a savory twist on this pizza.
The traditional hot-pot eatery gets a 21st-century twist at the Taiwanese restaurant Boiling Point .
I myself enjoy a nice pop top or easily twisted off cap.
And make sure you visit our "Best in Braids " Pinterest board for more ideas to give your basic braid a new "twist".
Record-Breaking Bratwurst Story Has A Twist.
Latest twist in 2008 Oteri death comes via breach of contract suit.
The big twist that The Biebs spoke about when hyping the vid.
Anna Karenina' costume designer puts 1950s twist on 1870s Russian style.
Supermarket shelves abound with "value-added" foods, offering innovative twists on traditional products.
'Twist' record attempt in DeLand led by Chubby Checker.
But here in Virginia, we've got our own twist on the story.
A simple twisting movement temporarily landed me on the disabled list.
I hope you are ready to twist and turn in the mosh pit along with very special guests.

In science:

We now introduce the notion of twisted super Yangian, in the same way twisted Yangians have been defined from the Yangians Y (N ).
Twisted superYangians and their representations
There are kΓk twisted sectors defined by every element of the twisting group.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
In this way we generalize the idea of twisted coHom ob jects in the more general framework of twisting of quantum spaces.
Generalized twisted coHom objects
Grillo, Twisting of quantum spaces and twisted coHom ob jects, math.
Generalized twisted coHom objects
However, because of the appearance of the twist matrix S , the winding states (4.35) involve the twisted sectors of N = 2 QGT.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves