Definition of twister in English:



  • 1British informal A swindler; a dishonest person.

    ‘she's a back-stabbing, double-dealing twister’
    swindler, charlatan, mountebank, confidence trickster, fraud, fraudster, impostor, trickster, racketeer, hoaxer, sharper, rogue, villain, scoundrel
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  • 2North American A tornado.

    • ‘Likewise, it's only a myth that twisters avoid large cities.’
    • ‘Both yelled as they fought harder and the twister was gone like a breeze.’
    • ‘Most other nations haven't been tracking twisters as long as the United States has, and their records are much less thorough, he notes.’
    • ‘The black shadows darting around everywhere, the rain of fire, the lightning, the enormous twisters… but she did not halt, and only pushed more determinedly on.’
    • ‘This year, the country has been lucky: As of Aug. 1, only 473 twisters had struck the lower 48 states.’
    • ‘And we have late word that twisters are being spotted.’
    • ‘Unlike a hurricane - a tornado's big, long-lived and usually slow-moving meteorological cousin - a twister is small, brief, and fast moving.’
    • ‘Scientists who chase dust devils report that the tiny twisters can produce a small magnetic field that changes magnitude between 3 and 30 times per second.’
    • ‘Know that a tornado watch means a twister is possible in your area and that a tornado warning means it has already been sighted and may be headed your way.’
    • ‘Suddenly, out of the ocean, four huge twisters appeared; they swirled around, creating a huge wind for the boat.’
    • ‘The wind and rain intensified as they watched the deadly twisters move towards them.’
    • ‘Situated past East Arm in the southern part of the harbour, it was considered well protected from storm surges and the strong winds expected with the twister.’
    • ‘Then, by reference to data from the original group of twisters, each tornado was assigned a Fujita scale rating, a path length over which damage would occur, and a path width.’
    • ‘Watching silent twisters at a distance was far different from watching a giant roaring twister stalk them from less than three miles away.’
    • ‘With an average of one tornado every three years, it's the twister capital of the world.’
    • ‘This tornado hit Furnace county, Nebraska, and it is one of 100 twisters that ravaged must of the Midwest over the weekend.’
    • ‘A tornado struck homes early yesterday in northern Louisiana and possible twisters were reported in Arkansas and Mississippi.’
    • ‘This tornado comes on the wake of a massive twister which struck the town of Jonesboro just a few hours ago.’
    • ‘Conditions were ripe for twisters, and there were tornado warnings in counties all along the coast, with several reported touchdowns.’
    • ‘For pictures and more on deadly twisters and the researchers who study them, read ‘Chasing Tornadoes’ in the April issue of National Geographic.’