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Definitions of contortion

  1. a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Unnatural twisting or writhing; a bending out of shape. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A violent twisting. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A twisting; bending into unnatural positions. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The act of contorting; writhing, as of the limbs. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A twisting; a writhing; a wresting; a twisting or wresting of a limb or member of the body out of its natural situation; partial dislocation, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Contortive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for contortion

  1. It was obviously framed with a very simple and precise conception in mind- namely, a simple vein definitely and easily followed, without much interruption or contortion – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  2. Shocked and appalled, no less at his words, than at the fiendish contortion of his features, the King drew near. – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
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