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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This twister hit the state a bit on the early side. Elise Takahama,, "Weather Service says tornado hit N.H. towns with 100-mile-per-hour winds earlier this month," 15 May 2018 According to the weather service in Birmingham 23 twisters have been confirmed so far in 2018, including 16 in March alone. Leigh Morgan,, "No tornadoes? Straight-line winds blamed for Tuesday's storm damage," 4 Apr. 2018 The tornado that hit the city was among a flurry of unexpected twisters on Thursday that injured at least 17 people and flattened buildings in Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. Fox News, "Volunteers provide food, care in wake of Iowa tornadoes," 21 July 2018 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

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1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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