• WordNet 3.6
    • v contort twist and press out of shape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Contort To twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to distort; to wrest. "The vertebral arteries are variously contorted .""Kant contorted the term category from the proper meaning of attributed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contort To twist, draw, bend, or wrench out of shape; make crooked or deformed.
    • contort Twisted; contorted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Contort kon-tort′ to twist or turn violently: to writhe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contortus, p. p. of contorquere, to twist; con-, + torquere, to twist. See Torture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, inten., and torquēre, tortum, to twist.


In literature:

I was fascinated with his contortions, and I did not attempt to conceal my sudden change of opinion concerning Beau as a companion.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
He found himself the center of a sea of white faces, every one contorted with fear and anxiety.
"The Runaway Skyscraper" by Murray Leinster
Even in that dim light he could see that it was contorted with pain.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
His face was contorted with passion; his eyes were aflame with it.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It looked like the contortions of one big, furry beast twisted with cramp, by the moonlight.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
They were ridiculously anxious to suppress his sudden contortions, as one would some gross indecency.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
For one half-second he stared at them, his face a mask of horrible contorted terror.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
Then, attempting the book again, and turning each leaf with a good deal of contortion and effort, he became absorbed.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
Lem Crabbe's eyes devoured the slight young figure, his smile contorting the corners of his whiskered mouth.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
After this it runs but a short way and dies, as though exhausted by its own contortions.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street

In poetry:

Sending a thrill that hurries me along
In faulty similes of childish skips,
Enthused with lithe contortions of a song
Performing on my lips.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
To warm their bodies through the cold night, up-country menials kept
a fire going
In the field-red fire like a cockscomb blossom,
Still burning, contorting dry aswattha leaves.
"The Hunt (Sikar)" by Jibanananda Das
And George! By George, he laughed, and then he howled like any bear!
The while my wife contorted like a mad convulsionnaire";
And I -- I rushed on Johnny, and I smote him hip and thigh,
And I never saw him more, nor tasted more of rabbit pie.
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens

In news:

A contorting woman had the clue you needed in this puzzle from the 2011 Post Hunt.
Mitt Romney's contortion of the truth.
I love my job, and aside from contortion , I have all-around circus skills.
It's amazing what contortions people will endure to avoid paying a small tax.
In the major flipping and twisting sports, if you contort yourself in a way no other has, the maneuver is often named in your honor.
The sun's worst magnetic contortions typically appear over sunspots .
James is putting wiggles into his moves, he squirms and twirls and contorts, on and off the floor with an insect's ability to move on any surface.
Hybrid Contortions – 2nd Friday Art Walk in.
A few weekends ago, my drunk ass ended up on a dance floor , shaking, contorting and moon-walking between sweaty bodies.
After watching the verbal contortions.
JoliKelly Slater just turned 40 and can still contort his body as much as ever.
High speed cameras catch divers' facial contortions.
Hybrid Contortions Press Release.
Though different, the Juke 's contorted styling - along with its slender footprint - does crimp interior space.
It was a lesson in contortion.

In science:

The Christoffel symbol {α µν } is constructed in terms of the metric tensor gµν and its derivatives; K α µν is the contortion defined previously.
Geometrical description of spin-2 fields
The inevitable consequence of this contortion is the production of extra correlations in the dual model.
Random Cluster Models on the Triangular Lattice
The average speed of rotation depends on the chirality which, in general, increases with the contortion of the cells.
Optical tweezer for probing erythrocyte membrane deformability
The crenated cells lost their disk like symmetric shape and became fairly contorted.
Optical tweezer for probing erythrocyte membrane deformability
The contortions were lesser for the erythrocytes in media containing higher concentrations of C a++ ions (Fig. 1(c),(d)).
Optical tweezer for probing erythrocyte membrane deformability