Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of twisting or wrenching, or the state of being twisted or wrenched; specifically, the act of writhing, especially spasmodically; a twist; wry motion; distortion: as, the contortion of the muscles of the face.
- n. In surgery, a twisting or wresting of a limb or member of the body out of its natural situation; partial dislocation.
- n. In vegetable teratol., an irregular twisting or bending of the stems or branches of plants, due to various causes, usually accidental.
- n. In geology, the disordered attitude of irregularly folded stratified rocks.
- n. The act of contorting, twisting or deforming something, especially oneself.
- n. A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A twisting; a writhing; wry motion; a twist.
- n. the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
- n. a tortuous and twisted shape or position
“Can even the supporters of the bill doubt, with a straight face, that the reason for the contortion is that the effects of deeming are different from the effects of passage.”
“Figure skater Kimmie Meissner used a flexibility-improving device to help her perform a certain contortion involving lifting one foot backward over her head.”
“Mrs McNab could not refuse to grant a night's shelter to a tired and chilly traveller, and by to - morrow -- Margot smiled to herself, recalling the contortion of the dour”
“Ibrahim's grimace was personal, the kind of contortion an insult brings.”
“He danced back toward Bent Nose, grabbed his wrist and underwent some kind of contortion, twisting and turning as he dropped to his knees on the floor.”
“My lord was smiling, so the auctioneer prattled on, and the deformed creature upon the catasta wound his ill-shapen body into every kind of contortion, grinning from ear to ear, displaying the malformation of his spine, and the hideousness of his long hairy arms, whilst he uttered weird cries that were supposed to imitate those of wild animals in the forest.”
“While this was being done, and the wretch was twisting his body in every kind of contortion as he writhed under the blows, the procession by chance was following after him.”
“It seems like the last six episodes were one huge contortion just to get to the “and that planet was … EARTH!” ending.”
“Suraiya pulled her mouth and eyebrows into an expressive contortion that spelled clearly enough her views on that possibility.”
“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.”
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