Quick answer
"Flapping" is a noun which is often translated as "el aleteo", and "twisting" is a noun which is often translated as "el retorcimiento". Learn more about the difference between "flapping" and "twisting" below.
flapping
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of moving up and down)
a. el aleteo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I heard the flapping of wings before I saw the birds.Oí el aleteo de las alas antes de ver los pájaros.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (related to moving back and forth)
a. sacudirse (verb)
A heron swooped down and scooped the flapping fish up off the sand.Una garza se abalanzó y atrapó el pez que se sacudía en la arena.
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twisting
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (curling movement)
a. el retorcimiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The circus performers were capable of doing all kinds of twisting and contortion.Los artistas del circo eran capaces de hacer todo tipo de retorcimientos y contorsiones.
2. (manipulation)
a. la tergiversación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The way the quote appeared in the article was a complete twisting of my words.La manera en que apareció la cita en el artículo fue una absoluta tergiversación de mis palabras.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (sinuous)
a. serpenteante
Jenna was dizzy after the twisting road going down the mountains.Jenna estaba mareada después del camino serpenteante bajando las montañas.
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