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twisting

[′twist·iŋ]
(textiles)
In a ply yarn or cord, the process of combining two or more ends with a twist to give greater strength and smoothness, increased uniformity, or novel effects.
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Miss Polly was twisting her fingers together helplessly.
But there was no chance of doing anything; and twisting the smooth paper knife in her little hands, she forced herself to read.
Unloosed from their lashing by the constant turning and twisting of the ship and the force of the wind, the boarding and landing tackle had been trailing beneath the keel, a tangled mass of cordage and leather.