twister

noun
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

Examples of twister in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The National Weather Service said the twister was at least a strong EF-2 with 135 mph (217 kph) winds based on initial surveys, but storm assessments continued. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "Killer winter tornado stuns storm-savvy Alabama town," 27 Jan. 2021 The twister also killed two people and injured two others in the neighborhood. al, "Alabama tornado survivor: ‘Burying my husband is the worst thing I’ve ever had to do’," 16 Dec. 2020 Originally the company was named Spielzeugfirma Schreyer and Co., which is a bit of a tongue-twister for non-German-speaking consumers. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Toy Schuco Radio cars contained a tiny music box," 24 Nov. 2020 The twister comes one day after winds knocked over a truck and took out power lines, trees and caused damage to homes in DeLand in Volusia County farther up the state. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Watch: Waterspout slides up the beach in South Florida," 19 Aug. 2020 And obviously, the twister comes in just a few minutes before the end of the episode. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Fargo showrunner breaks down that season 4 finale," 1 Dec. 2020 Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth believe a twister hit the Arlington area based on radar data. al, "Texas tornado damages buildings, causes no injuries," 25 Nov. 2020 The path Once on the ground, the twister was hard to spot in the darkness of the night. Dallas News, "One year later: The night of the Oct. 20 tornado then and now," 16 Oct. 2020 Fire officials shared photos of debris that littered the beachfront area after the twister blasted through. Fox News, "Tornado touches down on Myrtle Beach oceanfront, sends beach chairs flying," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of twister

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Twister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twister. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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twister

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

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