Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape: synonym: distort.
  • intransitive verb To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate.
  • intransitive verb To become contorted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To twist, draw, bend, or wrench out of shape; make crooked or deformed.
  • Twisted; contorted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to distort; to wrest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To twist in a violent manner; as, features contorted with fury.
  • verb intransitive To twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb twist and press out of shape

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin contorquēre, contort-, to twist : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

con- + -tort, from Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueō ("twist, turn").

Examples

  • I might have passed out for a moment; Noah’s face went fuzzy as I watched his expression contort in the pleasant agony of sex.

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  • I might have passed out for a moment; Noah’s face went fuzzy as I watched his expression contort in the pleasant agony of sex.

    My Fair Succubi

  • I might have passed out for a moment; Noah’s face went fuzzy as I watched his expression contort in the pleasant agony of sex.

    My Fair Succubi

  • The interplay between contract and tort the so-called contort is very important and not easy to understand.

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  • The demon cocked his head to the side and with analytical interest watched his mistress’s expression contort.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • The demon cocked his head to the side and with analytical interest watched his mistress’s expression contort.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • The demon cocked his head to the side and with analytical interest watched his mistress’s expression contort.

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT STORMRAGE

  • The problem is when you're on track with road tyres, there isn't enough rubber making contact with the tarmac, which causes the tyres to twist and contort, meaning substantially less grip after only a few laps.

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  • I'm not prying, "Antimodes explained, seeing a pained expression contort the child's face.

    The Soulforge

  • Malkin claims proves Obama was kowtowing to the Muslim Monarch, you note that Obama is about a foot taller than Abdullah, and so had to kind of contort himself to get into any sort of position to shake the sheikh's hand.

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