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 ?
he slumped to the floor, twisted his silken limbs in one great straining contortion of pain, and was dead.
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.
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.
Nor can any son of mortal woman, for the first time, seat himself amid those hempen intricacies, and while straining his utmost at the oar, bethink him that at any unknown instant the harpoon may be darted, and all these horrible contortions be put in play like ringed lightnings; he cannot be thus circumstanced without a shudder that makes the very marrow in his bones to quiver in him like a shaken jelly.
When Madame Lebrun complained that it was so dull coming back to the city; that she saw so few people now; that even Victor, when he came up from the island for a day or two, had so much to occupy him and engage his time; then it was that the youth went into contortions on the lounge and winked mischievously at Edna.
Ben Gunn was on deck alone, and as soon as we came on board he began, with wonderful contortions, to make us a confession.
Up and down swam the fish, then he made the most dreadful contortions, and became suddenly quite still.
The blacks continued to show their displeasure by grimaces and contortions.
The babe sat on the floor watching the scene, his face in contortions like that of a woman at a tragedy.
But all the field afternoons and recitation Fridays and physical culture contortions paled before a project which Miss Stacy brought forward in November.
But Pearl, not a whit startled at her mother's threats any more than mollified by her entreaties, now suddenly burst into a fit of passion, gesticulating violently, and throwing her small figure into the most extravagant contortions She accompanied this wild outbreak with piercing shrieks, which the woods reverberated on all sides, so that, alone as she was in her childish and unreasonable wrath, it seemed as if a hidden multitude were lending her their sympathy and encouragement.