contortion


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 it does not have its normal shape
involuntary muscle contortion
3.)
something difficult you have to do in order to achieve something
He went through a series of amazing contortions to get Karen a work permit.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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