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 Legos and action figures coil into a ferocious cyclone, his very own twister of destruction. Wired, "Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV," 4 Oct. 2019 The Kroger Activity Zone will have face painters, balloon twister, a prize wheel and Cincinnati mascots Gapper and Who Dey. Briana Rice,, "Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks 2019: Everything you need to know about Riverfest," 27 Aug. 2019 Where and when twisters strike Tornadoes have been observed on every continent except Antarctica. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "What we know—and what we don't—about the science of tornadoes," 21 May 2019 While tornadoes are the result of thunderstorms, which are created from conditions that include moisture, the current dry conditions in the area do not preclude twisters, said Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Patrick Marsh. Ken Miller, Fox News, "Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas facing tornado and wildfire threats," 7 Apr. 2018 The twister was on the ground around 4:45 p.m. near Semmes, according to the National Weather Service’s Mobile office. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Mobile County tornado damage: Twister knocks down trees, power lines and lifts trampoline onto roof," 25 Oct. 2019 Garcia said the previous most-expensive tornado outbreak in Texas came in 2015, when twisters struck the towns of Garland and Rowlett, causing $1.2 billion in losses. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "North Texas tornado outbreak caused $2 billion in losses, the costliest in state history," 24 Oct. 2019 The average twister is about 660 feet wide and moves about 30 miles an hour. Ron Johnson, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Aug. 2019 There will be trick-or-treating, an inflatable corn maze obstacle course, an inflatable circus train, games, face painting, balloon twister, food trucks and more. Annie Alleman,, "A bounty of fall and Halloween events await the western suburbs," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of twister

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Twister.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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