Definition of Contortion

1. Noun. The act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself).

Exact synonyms: Deformation
Generic synonyms: Change Of Shape
Derivative terms: Contort, Contortionist, Deform, Deform, Deformational

2. Noun. A tortuous and twisted shape or position. "The acrobat performed incredible contortions"

Definition of Contortion

1. n. A twisting; a writhing; wry motion; a twist; as, the contortion of the muscles of the face.

Definition of Contortion

1. Noun. The act of contorting, twisting or deforming something, especially oneself. ¹

2. Noun. A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contortion

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contortion

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contlines
conto
contoid
contoids
contone
contorno
contornos
contorsion
contorsional
contort
contorted
contortedly
contortedness
contorting
contortion (current term)
contortionate
contortionism
contortionist
contortionistic
contortionists
contortions
contortive
contorts
contortuplicate
contos
contour
contour feather
contour feathers
contour interval

Literary usage of Contortion

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1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1872)
"The author had obtained striking examples of artificial contortion by imbedding ... Cases of quite superficial contortion were quoted, and from numerous ..."

2. Medico-physical Works: Being a Translation of Tractatus Quinque Medico-physici by John Mayow (1908)
"Further, a contortion of the fibrils is specially suitable for the very strong pull of muscles which is sometimes exerted with quite wonderful force. ..."

3. Researches in Theoretical Geology by Henry Thomas De La Beche (1837)
"The most favorable condition for contortion appears to be pressure of solid matter on yielding stratified substances, which, while they bend, also slide to ..."

4. The Geological Observer. by Sir Henry Thomas de la Beche (1851)
"Bending, contortion, and Fracture of Rocks.—Though it has been necessary to allude to the disturbance of various accumulations, as well igneous as those ..."

5. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1891)
"The contortion, as a rule, is a spiral angular bending, so that on making a longitudinal section of the entire tube its lumen will be found appearing at ..."

6. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"... and a slight contortion of the face showed •what his self-control was costing him. were in for a quiet confidential talk, and knowing that I was just ..."

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