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Definitions of torsion

  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 turning or twisting, or the state of being twisted; the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of a lateral force tending to turn one end or part of it about a longitudinal axis, while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That force with which a thread, wire, or rod of any material, returns, or tends to return, to a state of rest after it has been twisted; torsibility. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The act of turning or twisting; the wrenching or twisting of a body by lateral force, or side motion; the state of being twisted. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Act of twisting; recoil of anything twisted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The act of twisting, the state of being twisted, or the result of twisting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Act of twisting; the force with which a wire or rod when twisted tends to return to its original state; the stopping of a haemorrhage by twisting the ends of the blood-vessels. Torsion balance, an instrument for estimating very minute forces, by the action of a twisted thread or wire. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The act of turning of twisting; the twisting or wrenching of a body by the action of a lateral force. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. The twisting round of a gastropod body as it develops. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  10. Torsional. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for torsion

  1. That which we must especially remember in connection with this fact, is, as we shall afterwards see, the difference of direction which the articular head presents according as the torsion has been more or less considerable: because this is established, according to the same order, in man and in quadrupeds. – Artistic Anatomy of Animals by Édouard Cuyer
  2. It will be seen that the direction of the strike forms an S- shaped curve, and it is clear that the present torsion structure of the district could not have been produced without the formation of many fractures at right angles and parallel to the lines of strike. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
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