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4 definitions found
 for twisting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Twist \Twist\ (tw[i^]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twisted; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Twisting.] [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.]
     1. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally;
        to convolve.
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              Twist it into a serpentine form.      --Pope.
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     2. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert;
        as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
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     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.
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     4. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture
        of parts. "Longing to twist bays with that ivy." --Waller.
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              There are pillars of smoke twisted about with
              wreaths of flame.                     --T. Burnet.
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     5. To wind into; to insinuate; -- used reflexively; as,
        avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
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     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. --Shak.
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     7. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another;
        to wreathe; to make up.
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              Was it not to this end
              That thou began'st to twist so fine a story? --Shak.
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     8. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to
        twist wool or cotton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Twisting \Twist"ing\,
     a. & n. from Twist.
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     Twisting pair. (Kinematics) See under Pair, n., 7.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  twisting
      adj 1: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up
             the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises";
             "had to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn:
             tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding,
             voluminous]
      n 1: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean
           something it was not intended to mean [syn: distortion,
           overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting]
      2: the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it
         broke off after much twisting" [syn: spin, twirl,
         twist, twisting, whirl]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "twisting":
     aberrant, aberrative, abstractionism, abuse of terms, ambages,
     ambagious, anfractuosity, anfractuous, bending, braiding,
     catachresis, circuitous, circuitousness, circumambages,
     circumbendibus, circumlocution, circumlocutory, circumvolution,
     coloring, contorting, convolution, convolutional, crinkle,
     crinkling, curving, deformation, departing, desultory, deviant,
     deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive,
     distortion, eisegesis, enlacement, entwinement, entwining, errant,
     erratic, error, exaggeration, excursive, expressionism, fabric,
     false coloring, falsification, flexuose, flexuosity, flexuous,
     flexuousness, garbling, gloss, hyperbole, inaccuracy, indirect,
     injustice, interknitting, interlacement, interlacery, interlacing,
     intertexture, interthreading, intertieing, intertwinement,
     intertwining, intertwisting, interweavement, interweaving,
     intorsion, involute, involuted, involution, involutional, knitting,
     labyrinthine, lacing, litotes, malentendu, malobservation, mazy,
     meander, meandering, meandrous, misapplication, misapprehension,
     miscitation, miscoloring, misconception, misconstruction,
     misdrawing, misexplanation, misexplication, misexposition,
     misintelligence, misinterpretation, misjudgment, mispainting,
     misquotation, misreading, misrendering, misreport,
     misrepresentation, misstatement, misteaching, mistranslation,
     misunderstanding, misuse of words, nonrealism, out-of-the-way,
     overdrawing, overstatement, perversion, plaiting, planetary,
     rambling, rivose, rivulation, rivulose, roundabout, roving,
     ruffled, serpentine, shifting, sinuate, sinuation, sinuose,
     sinuosity, sinuous, sinuousness, slanting, slinkiness, snakiness,
     snaky, squeezing, stray, swerving, texture, tissue, torsion,
     torsional, tortile, tortility, tortuosity, tortuous, tortuousness,
     torturing, turning, twining, twisty, understatement, undirected,
     undulation, vagrant, veering, wandering, warp and woof, warpage,
     wave, waving, weave, weaving, web, weftage, whorled, winding,
     wreathing, wreathlike, wreathy, wrenching, zigzag
  
  

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