twist·​er | \ ˈtwi-stər How to pronounce twister (audio) \

Definition of twister

1 : one that twists especially : a ball with a forward and spinning motion
2 : a tornado, waterspout, or dust devil in which the rotatory ascending movement of a column of air is especially apparent

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The Luxembourg Times reported Saturday that more than 100 homes were now uninhabitable, and one person was in serious condition after suffering a heart attack during the twister. Fox News, "Tornadoes strike Amsterdam, Luxembourg, leaving several hurt as wild storms slam Europe," 12 Aug. 2019 Even as a child, Weingart had a healthy obsession with the natural phenomena associated with storms: twisters, lightning and everything in between. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Texas storm chaser is in it for these incredible photos," 12 Aug. 2019 Instead, the wind speeds are calculated by looking at the rubble left in the twister's wake and then using math, physics and engineering to determine how strong of a wind would be required to create such damage. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After 22 years, it's only a matter of time before another massive tornado hits Wisconsin," 4 May 2018 A decade later, Buttigieg, P., is better known as South Bend's Mayor Pete, a first-name-only pol thanks to his tongue-twister surname (BOOT-edge-edge). Author: Steve Hendrix, Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "How Pete Buttigieg went from war protester to ‘packing my bags for Afghanistan’," 29 July 2019 The twister’s width measured 50 yards and reached wind speeds of 105 mph, heavily damaging some homes. Laura Mcknight,, "3 tornadoes, maybe more, struck Baton Rouge area, weather service says," 7 June 2019 The rash of twisters includes two touchdowns in southeastern Marion County separated by just seven minutes and about 7 miles. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "9 tornadoes hit Indiana Saturday night, including 2 in Marion County," 15 Jan. 2019 Never Try to Outrun a Tornado Several authoritative sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), warn that twisters are too fast to outrun. Kiona Smith-strickland, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind 7 Common Tornado Myths," 9 July 2019 So which North Texas counties are most vulnerable to twisters? Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Which counties in North Texas are most vulnerable to tornadoes? This new map will show you," 25 June 2019

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1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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