American English

Definition of twist noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    action of turning
  1. 1[countable] the action of turning something with your hand, or of turning a part of your body She gave the lid another twist and it came off. He gave a shy smile and a little twist of his head.
  2. unexpected change
  3. 2[countable] an unexpected change or development in a story or situation the twists and turns of his political career The story has taken another twist. The disappearance of a key witness added a new twist to the case. By a curious twist of fate we met again only a week or so later. a bizarre twist to the tale
  4. in road/river
  5. 3[countable] a sharp bend in a road or river The car followed the twists and turns of the mountain road. They approached a twist in the path.
  6. shape
  7. 4[countable] a thing that has been twisted into a particular shape mineral water with a twist of lemon
  8. dance
  9. 5the twist [singular] a fast dance that was popular in the 1960s, in which you twist from side to side
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