contortion


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con·tort

 (kən-tôrt′)
v. con·tort·ed, con·tort·ing, con·torts
v.tr.
1. To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape: fingers contorted by arthritis. See Synonyms at distort.
2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate: The leaders of the movement contorted their own principles in trying to get what they wanted.
v.intr.
To become contorted: "Her face contorts with pain and horror, as if something deep inside her has been shattered" (Rachel Simon).

[Latin contorquēre, contort-, to twist : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tor′tion n.
con·tor′tive adj.

contortion

(kənˈtɔːʃən)
n
1. the act or process of contorting or the state of being contorted
2. a twisted shape or position
3. something twisted or out of the ordinary in character, meaning, etc: mental contortions.
conˈtortional adj
conˈtortioned adj

con•tor•tion

(kənˈtɔr ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of contorting.
2. the state of being contorted.
3. a contorted position.
4. something contorted.
[1605–15; < Latin]
con•tor′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contortion - the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)contortion - the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
2.contortion - a tortuous and twisted shape or positioncontortion - a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions"
distorted shape, distortion - a shape resulting from distortion

contortion

noun twist, distortion, deformity, convolution, bend, knot, warp The symptoms of the poison included facial contortions.
Translations
إلتِواء، حَرَكَة إلتِوائِيّه
zkřivenízkroucení
forvrængningforvridninggrimasse
aflögun
skrivenie
bükmeburuşturma

contortion

[kənˈtɔːʃən] N (= act) → retorcimiento m; (= movement) → contorsión f

contortion

[kənˈtɔːrʃən] n [face] → crispation f; [acrobat, body] → contorsion f

contortion

n (esp of acrobat)Verrenkung f; (of features)Verzerrung f; mental contortionsgeistige Verrenkungen plor Klimmzüge pl; he resorted to elaborate verbal contortions to avoid telling the truther hat sich gedreht und gewendet, um nicht die Wahrheit sagen zu müssen

contortion

[kənˈtɔːʃn] n (of acrobat) → contorsione f, contorcimento

contort

(kənˈtoːt) verb
to twist or turn violently. His face was contorted with pain.
conˈtortion (-ʃən) noun
conˈtortionist noun
an entertainer who contorts his body.
References in classic literature ?
Face to face with this picture, on entering the apartment, Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon came to a pause; regarding it with a singular scowl, a strange contortion of the brow, which, by people who did not know her, would probably have been interpreted as an expression of bitter anger and ill-will.
he slumped to the floor, twisted his silken limbs in one great straining contortion of pain, and was dead.
he exclaimed, with a sickly, angular contortion of himself.
A swift muscular contortion made the left shoulder strike the ground first.
He could already see the intendant's beaming smile change to a contortion of grief.
They looked dark, wild, and smoky, with a singular resemblance, indeed, to the native inhabitants, like whom, also, they had a disagreeable propensity to ill-natured gibes and sneers, the habit of which had wrought a settled contortion of their visages.
There's a tooth-brush in it," murmured Clarissa, and smiled; it might have been the contortion of one weeping.
For an instant he felt that the struggle, was causing a queer contortion of his mobile features, but with a good effort he resolved it into nothing more offensive than a merry smile.
As soon as he was out of the lane Davy stopped and twisted his countenance into such an unearthly and terrific contortion that Dora, although she knew his gifts in that respect, was honestly alarmed lest he should never in the world be able to get it straightened out again.
The features were set, however, in a horrible smile, a fixed and unnatural grin, which in that still and moonlit room was more jarring to the nerves than any scowl or contortion.
One hand, between the pickets, seemed waving at her, and almost he seemed to wink at her jocosely, though she knew it to be the contortion of deadly pain.
This malignant and terrible contortion, combined with the low forehead, blunt nose, and prognathous jaw gave the dead man a singularly simious and ape-like appearance, which was increased by his writhing, unnatural posture.