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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.
c] values of nanocomposites by increasing MMT content is due to the incorporation of clay into the polymer matrix, which decreases corrosive-ion permeability through the formation of tortuosities.
The main features of the disease include early onset of osteoarthritis (the usual reason for patients seeking medical attention), mild craniofacial abnormalities, and tortuosities throughout the arterial tree--mostly the intracranial, iliac, abdominal, and thoracic aorta--leading to aneurysms.
Then, the studied phases can be separately characterized by histograms of tortuosities in the corresponding directions of propagation.
This is due to the fact that the K is related to the degree of resistance from soil particles when water flows in soil pores, and this resistance is affected by the shapes, sizes, and tortuosities of pores.
Different hydraulic permeabilities obtained for the membranes with similar pore size distributions suggest that they have different porosities, tortuosities, and/or dense layer thicknesses.
A wide variety of porous media are studied in this paper; therefore, different tortuosities are considered.