(Twire), v. i. To sing, or twitter. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Twire"-pipe`) n. A vagabond musician. [Obs.]
You are an ass, a twire-pipe.Beau. & Fl.
You looked like Twire-pipe, the taborer.Chapman.
(Twirl) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twirled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Twirling.] [Cf. AS. þwiril a churn staff, a
stirrer, flail, þweran, aþweran, to agitate, twirl, G. zwirlen, quirlen, to twirl, to turn round or about, quirl a
twirling stick, OHG. dweran to twirl, stir. Cf. Trowel.] To move or turn round rapidly; to whirl round; to
move and turn rapidly with the fingers.
See ruddy maids,Dodsley.
Some taught with dexterous hand to twirl the wheel.
No more beneath soft eve's consenting starByron.
Fandango twirls his jocund castanet.
(Twirl), v. i. To revolve with velocity; to be whirled round rapidly.
1. The act of twirling; a rapid circular motion; a whirl or whirling; quick rotation.
2. A twist; a convolution. Woodward.
(Twist) 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. twistr the deuce in cards, tvistr distressed. See Twice, Two.]
1. To contort; to writhe; to complicate; to crook spirally; to convolve.
Twist it into a serpentine form.Pope.
2. Hence, to turn from the true form or meaning; to pervert; as, to twist a passage cited from an author.
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.
4. To wreathe; to wind; to encircle; to unite by intertexture of parts. "Longing to twist bays with that ivy."
There are pillars of smoke twisted about wreaths of flame.T. Burnet.
5. To wind into; to insinuate; used reflexively; as, avarice twists itself into all human concerns.
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.
7. Hence, to form as if by winding one part around another; to wreathe; to make up.
Was it not to this endShak.
That thou began'st to twist so fine a story?
8. To form into a thread from many fine filaments; as, to twist wool or cotton.
(Twist), v. i.