The Twist was a dance inspired by rock and roll music. It became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s, enjoying immense popularity among young people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato, the Monkey, and the Funky Chicken, but none were as popular. The dance was inspired by "The Twist", Chubby Checker's 1960 cover of the B-side of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters' 1959 single, "Teardrops on Your Letter".

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  1. A twisting force.
  2. Anything twisted, or the act of twisting.
  3. The form given in twisting.
  4. The degree of stress or strain when twisted.
  5. A type of thread made from two filaments twisted together.
  6. A sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.
  7. A sudden bend (or short series of bends) in a road, path, etc.
  8. A distortion to the meaning of a word or passage.
  9. An unexpected turn in a story, tale, etc.
  10. A type of dance characterised by rotating one’s hips. See
  11. A rotation of the body when diving.
  12. A sprain, especially to the ankle.
  13. A twig.
  14. A girl, a woman.
  15. A roll of twisted dough, baked.
  16. A material for gun barrels, consisting of iron and steel twisted and welded together.
  17. The spiral course of the rifling of a gun barrel or a cannon.
  18. A beverage made of brandy and gin.


  1. To turn the ends of something, usually thread, rope etc., in opposite directions, often using force.
  2. To join together by twining one part around another.
  3. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
  4. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts.
  5. To wind into; to insinuate.
    Avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
  6. To turn a knob etc.
  7. To distort or change the truth or meaning of words when repeating.
  8. To form a twist (in any of the above noun meanings).
  9. To injure (a body part) by bending it in the wrong direction.
  10. To wind; to follow a bendy or wavy course; to have many bends.
  11. To cause to rotate.
  12. To dance the twist (a type of dance characterised by twisting one's hips).
  13. To coax.
  14. In the game of blackjack (pontoon or twenty-one), to be dealt another card.

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