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n. pl. tor·tu·os·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being tortuous; twistedness or crookedness.
2. A bent or twisted part, passage, or thing.


n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being tortuous
2. a twist, turn, or coil


(ˌtɔr tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being tortuous; twisted form or course; crookedness.
2. a twist, bend, or crook.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin tortuōsitās. See tortuous, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tortuosity - a tortuous and twisted shape or positiontortuosity - 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
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His mind was concrete and moved with difficulty in regions of the abstract; but, even when he could not follow the reasoning, it gave him a curious pleasure to follow the tortuosities of thoughts that threaded their nimble way on the edge of the incomprehensible.
AV malformations of the type that contain AV fistulas (Klippel-Trenaunay-Parkes-Weber syndrome) also exhibit extensive venous tortuosities and recurrent varicosities.
Then, the studied phases can be separately characterized by histograms of tortuosities in the corresponding directions of propagation.
In summary, as the ponded area increased, tortuosities (i) increased from a given point on the surface, (ii) became more variable, and (iii) became increasingly smaller in streamlines to the lower drain than to the upper drain.
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On the volcanic mountain Mauna Loa, for instance, "The new lava flow is in waves streams coils twists tortuosities of every kind, the surface shining and smooth with a bright metallic lustre and a great deal of iridescence everywhere.