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 twister's winds ripped open the French doors at the back of the home, slathering the inside with mud and leaves, and nearly sucking out the closet door — and Pudenz — in the process. William Deshazer For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 The same storm system also spawned a small, narrow twister that touched down near Ventura Harbor, downing trees and causing minor damage to buildings, the weather service said. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The preliminary rating, announced Wednesday night, means the twister's winds reached around 190 miles per hour. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 17 Dec. 2021 Kentucky residents grappled with the twister's force and destruction, and shared harrowing stories of survival even as some rushed out to help with rescue efforts. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Dec. 2021 On April 26, 1991, an F5 twister — the highest possible rating — roared through parts of the city, killing 17 people and injuring 225. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 The twister stripped part of the roof off the Los Angeles Convention Center before roaring south along Broadway, ripping apart houses, smashing brick storefronts and overturning cars. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 One twister that tore through Springdale, Ark., on Wednesday injured seven people and caused heavy damage to an elementary school. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 31 Mar. 2022 The threat will last overnight, and nighttime tornadoes are a major possibility only a week after an EF-3 twister rampaged through New Orleans, killing one man. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of twister

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of twister was in 1579

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“Twister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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