American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Twisted or strained out of shape.
- adj. Botany Twisted, bent, or partially rolled upon itself; convolute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Twisted; drawn awry; distorted; twisted on itself: in botany, usually the same as convolute, with reference to estivation.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of contort.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Twisted, or twisted together.
- adj. Twisted back upon itself, as some parts of plants.
- adj. Arranged so as to overlap each other.
- adj. twisted (especially as in pain or struggle)
“Gavino’s face whipped in their direction and his expression contorted into one of loathing.”
“In a short video, men tied in contorted positions are held down on the ground and questioned.”
“The 2010 election was the political equivalent of the perfect crime: The GOP vigorously took on all reforms designed to rebalance the economy for the long term, tying Washington up in contorted knots, then were rewarded at the polls by voters dissatisfied with an ugly D.C. culture unable to produce economic renewal.”
“In Sunbury, and at intervals along the road, were dead bodies lying in contorted attitudes, horses as well as men, overturned carts and luggage, all covered thickly with black dust.”
“Her expression contorted and she barked at the tall southerner's companion.”
“ Her expression contorted as she watched the bound assassin being removed from the room.”
“Her startled expression contorted some, and I saw she truly was startled.”
“His expression was contorted into such a look of horror that the night elves could not help but stop in their tracks.”
“However, now, as I explained what she needed to do to help me, her expression contorted into frustration and then anger.”
“Stoller was grinning—sort of, but his expression was contorted, as if he were angry at the same time.”
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