twist·​er | \ˈtwi-stər \

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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Families can picnic among the face painters and balloon twisters or purchase food from vendors. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Surprise," 16 Feb. 2015 Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the twister as an EF2, with wind speeds reaching 127 mph. Fox News, "The Latest: Weather service says tornado ravaged RV park," 10 July 2018 Kansas Adjutant General's Office spokeswoman Jane Welch says the twister touched down Tuesday night in the Greenwood County town of Eureka, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Wichita. Fox News, "Tornado injures 8 people, 2 critically, in small Kansas town," 27 June 2018 On his weekends home, he was jarred by the destructive path that drugs tore through his hometown like a twister. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 The twister was a minor F-0 tornado that traveled only 1/10th of a mile for two minutes, the National Weather Service reported. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heavy rains close highways in northwestern Wisconsin," 17 June 2018 In the Central Plains, the heart of tornado alley, twisters have been somewhat scarce in 2018. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Tornado of the year: ‘Incredibly picturesque’ twister wows Wyoming storm watchers," 7 June 2018 The twister was one of three that hit North Georgia -- the other two were in Haralson County -- as part of a line of storms that rolled through the southeast over the past few days. Leon Stafford, ajc, "American Red Cross offers second day of help to Fairburn-area tornado victims," 21 Mar. 2018 Crawford County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas said there were at least three entrapments following the twister. CBS News, "Massive storm system spawns tornado in Arkansas, blizzard in Plains," 14 Apr. 2018

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1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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