contortion

  • 1 Contortion — Con*tor tion (k[o^]n*t[^o] sh[u^]n), n. [L. contortio: cf. F. contorsion. See {Contort}, and cf. {Torsion}.] A twisting; a writhing; wry motion; a twist; as, the contortion of the muscles of the face. Swift. [1913 Webster] All the contortions of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 contortion — index distortion Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 contortion — early 15c., from M.Fr. contorsion or directly from L. contortionem (nom. contorsio), noun of action from contort , pp. stem of contorquere (see CONTORT (Cf. contort)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 contortion — [n] distortion, mutilation anamorphosis, crookedness, deformation, deformity, dislocation, grimace, malformation, misproportion, misshapement, pout, twist, ugliness, unsightliness, wryness; concepts 436,580 Ant. beauty, smoothness …

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  • 5 contortion — [kən tôr′shən] n. [ME contorsioun] 1. a contorting or being contorted, esp. of the face or body 2. a contorted condition or position contortive adj …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 Contortion — For the band, see The Contortions. Contortionist performing …

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  • 7 Contortion — Kontorsionistin Der Begriff Kontorsion (lat. „contortio“ = Drehung, Windung) beschreibt eine Form von Akrobatik Vorführungen, bei welcher der Artist seinen Körper in Positionen verbiegt, die für die meisten Menschen unerreichbar scheinen.… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 8 contortion — contortional, adj. contortioned, adj. /keuhn tawr sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of contorting. 2. the state of being contorted. 3. a contorted position. 4. something contorted or twisted, as in position or meaning: His account of the incident …

    Universalium

  • 9 contortion — UK [kənˈtɔː(r)ʃ(ə)n] / US [kənˈtɔrʃ(ə)n] noun [countable] Word forms contortion : singular contortion plural contortions 1) the process of twisting your face or body into a shape that is not natural, or the positions into which they have been… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 contortion — con|tor|tion [kənˈto:ʃən US o:r ] n 1.) a twisted position or movement that looks surprising or strange ▪ I could not force my body into the contortions required by classical ballet. ▪ facial contortions 2.) [U] when something is twisted so that… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 contortion — noun (U) 1 the act of twisting something so that it does not have its normal shape, and looks strange or unattractive, or the fact of being twisted in this way: the involuntary contortion of muscles brought on by the illness 2 (C) a twisted… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 contortion — contort ► VERB ▪ twist or bend out of its normal shape. DERIVATIVES contortion noun. ORIGIN Latin contorquere twist round, brandish …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 contortion — noun see contort …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 contortion — noun a) The act of contorting, twisting or deforming something, especially oneself. b) A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 contortion — Synonyms and related words: anamorphism, anamorphosis, asymmetry, buckle, crookedness, detorsion, deviation, disproportion, distortion, gnarl, imbalance, irregularity, knot, lopsidedness, quirk, screw, torsion, tortuosity, turn, twist, unsymmetry …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 contortion — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. distortion, twist, dislocation, deformity; grimace. See convolution. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Something contorted] Syn. deformity, distortion, grimace, moue (French), pout, twist, torsion, mutilation,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 contortion — con|tor|tion [ kən tɔrʃn ] noun count 1. ) the process of twisting your face or body into a shape that is not natural, or the positions into which they have been twisted: facial contortions 2. ) a complicated process, especially one designed to… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 contortion — [[t]kəntɔ͟ː(r)ʃ(ə)n[/t]] contortions N COUNT Contortions are movements of your body or face into unusual shapes or positions. I cannot but admire the contortions of the gymnasts …

    English dictionary

  • 19 contortion — con tor·tion || ɔːʃn n. twisting, bending; distorting …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 contortion — n. Twist, distortion, wryness, deformity …

    New dictionary of synonyms