twisting


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Synonyms for twisting

the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

the act of rotating rapidly

marked by repeated turns and bends

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The tentacle was now some way, two yards or more, in the room, and twisting and turn- ing, with queer sudden movements, this way and that.
He was twisting and twirling about, ingratiating himself with the daughters of an ancient General.
de Treville's, spread themselves about in the cabarets, in the public walks, and the public sports, shouting, twisting their mustaches, clanking their swords, and taking great pleasure in annoying the Guards of the cardinal whenever they could fall in with them; then drawing in the open streets, as if it were the best of all possible sports; sometimes killed, but sure in that case to be both wept and avenged; often killing others, but then certain of not rotting in prison, M.
At last, with a twisting movement, he got upon his hands and knees, and from thence, like a babe trying to walk, to his feet.
With this he conducted me to the verge of the cataract, and pointed along the side of the ravine to a number of curious looking roots, some three or four inches in thickness, and several feet long, which, after twisting among the fissures of the rock, shot perpendicularly from it and ran tapering to a point in the air, hanging over the gulf like so many dark icicles.
Satisfied by his scrutiny, my light limbed companion swung himself nimbly upon it, and twisting his legs round it in sailor fashion, slipped down eight or ten feet, where his weight gave it a motion not un-like that of a pendulum.
And twisting the ramrod he looked gloomily at Pierre, who turned away and gazed into the darkness.
Unloosed from their lashing by the constant turning and twisting of the ship and the force of the wind, the boarding and landing tackle had been trailing beneath the keel, a tangled mass of cordage and leather.
Swinging like a bob upon a mad pendulum he swung far out and back again, turning and twisting three thousand feet above the surface of Barsoom, and then, at last, the thing he had hoped for occurred.
Michael was for growing restless at such searching examination, but Daughtry, in the midst of feeling out the lines and build of the thighs and hocks, paused and took Michael's tail in his magic fingers, exploring the muscles among which it rooted, pressing and prodding the adjacent spinal column from which it sprang, and twisting it about in a most daringly intimate way.
He grasped her arm, and twisting it, forced her into a creaking chair.
You should accustom yourself, to walking straight forward without twisting from side to side.
It seemed to wind around the mound from top to bottom, like a cork-screw, twisting here and there between the rough boulders but always remaining level and easy to walk upon.
Slowly the butt descended the several intervening inches, at the same time slightly twisting again.