To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand. To form in this manner: twist a length of rope from strands of hemp. To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something. To interlock or interlace: twist flowers in one's hair. To make (one's way) in a tortuous manner: twisted my way through the briar patch. To turn so as to face another direction: twisted their heads around at the sound of the doorbell. To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions: twisting wire into a loop. To turn or open by turning: twisted off the bottle cap. To pull, break, or snap by turning: twist off a dead branch. To wrench or sprain: twist one's wrist. To alter the normal aspect of; contort: twist one's mouth into a wry smile. To alter or distort the intended meaning of: The cross-examiner twisted the words of the witness. See Synonyms at distort. To alter or distort the mental, moral, or emotional character of: The trauma twisted the child's outlook. To be or become twisted. To move or progress in a winding course; meander: The river twisted toward the sea. To squirm; writhe: twist with pain. To rotate or revolve. To dance the twist. To move so as to face in another direction. Something twisted or formed by twisting, especially: A length of yarn, cord, or thread, especially a strong silk thread used mainly to bind the edges of buttonholes. Tobacco leaves processed into the form of a rope or roll. A loaf of bread or other bakery product made from pieces of dough twisted together. A sliver of citrus peel twisted over or dropped into a beverage for flavoring. The act of twisting or the condition of being twisted; a spin, twirl, or rotation.