1) The act of twisting; a contortion; a flexure; a convolution; a bending.

2) The form given in twisting.

3) That which is formed by twisting, convoluting, or uniting parts.

4) A cord, thread, or anything flexible, formed by winding strands or separate things round each other.

5) A kind of closely twisted, strong sewing silk, used by tailors, saddlers, and the like.

6) A kind of cotton yarn, of several varieties.

7) A roll of twisted dough, baked.

8) A little twisted roll of tobacco.

9) One of the threads of a warp, -- usually more tightly twisted than the filling.

10) A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together; as, Damascus twist.

11) The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.

12) A beverage made of brandy and gin.

v. i.

1) 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.

2) To follow a helical or spiral course; to be in the form of a helix.

v. t.

1) To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.

2) Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.

3) 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.

4) To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.

5) To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.

6) 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.

7) Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.

8) To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.

9) A twig.

Example Sentences for


1) Against the wall were 46 Oliver Twist ranged, in regular array, a long row of elm boards cut in the same shape: looking in the dim light, like high-shouldered ghosts with their hands in their breeches pockets.
2) But no dog appeared, and at length he resumed his journey. 574 Oliver Twist CHAPTER XLIX MONKS AND MR.
3) Compose yourself, 20 Oliver Twist Bumble, and answer me distinctly.
4) Mr Giles, who thought this light treatment of the matter an unjust attempt at diminishing his glory, answered respectfully, that it was not for the like of him to judge about that; but he rather thought it was no joke to the opposite 332 Oliver Twist party. ‘Gad, that’s true!ssaid the doctor.
5) In the fifth episode , after 12 days , three members from each team were switched to the other team , in what became known as the first `` Twist ' in the Survivor series
6) Mr Bumble nodded. 38 Oliver Twist ‘And they made it a special verdict, I think,ssaid the undertaker, by adding some words to the effect, that if the relieving officer had—‘ ‘Tush!
7) He cast back a dark look, and a threatening motion of the hand, towards the spot where he had left the bolder vil530 Oliver Twist lian; and went on his way: busying his bony hands in the folds of his tattered garment, which he wrenched tightly in his grasp, as though there were a hated enemy crushed with every motion of his fingers.
8) But she had resumed her old seat in front of the fire, and sat, perfectly motionless before it. 238 Oliver Twist CHAPTER XXI THE EXPEDITION I t was a cheerless morning when they got into the street; blowing and raining hard; and the clouds looking dull and stormy.
9) Mr Bolter put his hand to his neckerchief, as if he felt it 508 Oliver Twist inconveniently tight; and murmured an assent, qualified in tone but not in substance. ‘The gallows,scontinued Fagin, the gallows, my dear, is an ugly finger-post, which points out a very short and sharp turning that has stopped many a bold fellow’s career on the broad highway.
10) And here he remained in such terror as none but he can know, trembling in every limb, and the cold sweat starting from every pore, when suddenly there arose upon the night570 Oliver Twist wind the noise of distant shouting, and the roar of voices mingled in alarm and wonder.
11) You Twist this way and turn that way and the arm pops out.
12) The sun shone brightly; as brightly as if it looked upon no misery or care; and, with every leaf and flower in full bloom about her; with life, and health, and sounds and sights of joy, surrounding her on every side: the 382 Oliver Twist fair young creature lay, wasting fast.
13) Having gazed cautiously round him, and listened intently, he gently undid the fastenings of the door, and looked abroad. 76 Oliver Twist It was a cold, dark night.
14) For the first six months after Oliver Twist was removed, the system was in full operation.
16) She has formed no other attachment?’ 392 Oliver Twist ‘No, indeed,sreplied his mother; you have, or I mistake, too strong a hold on her affections already.
17) He soon fell into a gentle doze, from which he was awakened by the light of a candle: which, being brought near the bed, showed him a gentleman with a 124 Oliver Twist very large and loud-ticking gold watch in his hand, who felt his pulse, and said he was a great deal better. ‘You ARE a great deal better, are you not, my dear?ssaid the gentleman. ‘Yes, thank you, sir,sreplied Oliver. ‘Yes, I know you are,ssaid the gentleman: You’re hungry too, an’t you?’ ‘No, sir,sanswered Oliver. ‘Hem!ssaid the gentleman.
18) Mr Noah Claypole: receiving a free pardon from the Crown in consequence of being admitted approver against Fagin: and considering his profession not altogether as safe a one as he could wish: was, for some little time, at a loss 638 Oliver Twist for the means of a livelihood, not burdened with too much work.
19) Are you Nancy?’ ‘I should think not!sreplied the young lady: drawing her 220 Oliver Twist chair up to the table, and putting her elbows upon it. ‘No, no, my dear, I know you’re not,ssaid the Jew; but—‘ and again the old man paused. ‘But wot?sinquired Sikes. ‘I didn’t know whether she mightn’t p r aps be out of sorts, you know, my dear, as she was the other night,sreplied the Jew.
20) Seated by the window, busily engaged in patching an old waistcoat which formed a portion of the robber’s ordinary dress, was a female: so pale and reduced with watching and privation, that there would have been considerable diffi448 Oliver Twist culty in recognising her as the same Nancy who has already figured in this tale, but for the voice in which she replied to Mr Sikes’s question. ‘Not long gone seven,ssaid the girl.
21) I wish to serve you indeed.’ 476 Oliver Twist ‘You would serve me best, lady,sreplied the girl, wringing her hands, if you could take my life at once; for I have felt more grief to think of what I am, to-night, than I ever did before, and it would be something not to die in the hell in which I have lived.
22) Let me see them again, and beg 560 Oliver Twist them, on my knees, to show the same mercy and goodness to you; and let us both leave this dreadful place, and far apart lead better lives, and forget how we have lived, except in prayers, and never see each other more.
23) His mind was evi632 Oliver Twist dently wandering to his old life, for he continued to mutter, without appearing conscious of their presence otherwise than as a part of his vision. ‘Good boy, Charley—well done—‘ he mumbled.
24) Rose blushed deeply, but she did not make any audible objection to this motion (possibly she felt in a hopeless minority); and Harry Maylie and Mr Grimwig were accordingly added to the committee. 490 Oliver Twist ‘We stay in town, of course,ssaid Mrs Maylie, while there remains the slightest prospect of prosecuting this inquiry with a chance of success.
25) Crazy wooden galleries common to the backs of half a dozen houses, with holes from which to look upon the slime beneath; windows, broken and patched, with poles thrust out, on which to dry the linen that is never there; rooms so small, so filthy, so confined, that the air would 590 Oliver Twist seem too tainted even for the dirt and squalor which they shelter; wooden chambers thrusting themselves out above the mud, and threatening to fall into it—as some have done; dirt-besmeared walls and decaying foundations; every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage; all these ornament the banks of Folly Ditch.
26) Rose, who had had time to collect her thoughts, at once related, in a few natural words, all that had befallen Oliver since he left Mr Brownlow’s house; reserving Nancy’s information for that gentleman’s private ear, and concluding with the assurance that his only sorrow, for some months past, had been not being able to meet with his former bene484 Oliver Twist factor and friend. ‘Thank God!ssaid the old gentleman.
27) As soon as she had made out the proper way of nursing it, (which was to Twist it up into a sort of knot, and then keep tight hold of its right ear and left foot, so as to prevent its undoing itself,) she carried it out into the open air.
28) The cutting away when there’s anything wrong, and the eating all the wittles when there’s everything right; is that his branch?’ 514 Oliver Twist ‘Never mind,sretorted Mr Bolter; and don’t yer take liberties with yer superiors, little boy, or yer’ll find yerself in the wrong shop.’
29) The snow lay on the ground, frozen into a hard thick crust, so that only the heaps that had drifted into byways and corners were affected by the sharp wind that howled abroad: which, as if expending increased fury on such prey as it found, caught it savagely up in clouds, and, whirling it into a thousand misty eddies, 258 Oliver Twist scattered it in air.
30) Oliver was but too glad to make himself useful; too happy 204 Oliver Twist to have some faces, however bad, to look upon; too desirous to conciliate those about him when he could honestly do so; to throw any objection in the way of this proposal.